ADISA | Floorball

c4Floorball is a type of hockey with five field players and a goalkeeper on each team. Men and women play indoors with 96-115.5 cm long sticks and a plastic ball with holes. Matches are played in three twenty-minute periods. Floorball can also be played outdoors for recreation purposes.

Developed in the 1970s in Sweden, Floorball is most popular where it has developed the longest, such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. It is gaining popularity in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and the United States. As of 2014, there are over 300,133 registered Floorball players worldwide.

The sport is organized internationally by the International Floorball Federation (IFF) which has 58 member countries. Events include an annual Euro Floorball Cup for club teams and the biennial World Floorball Championships with separate divisions for men and women.

Floorball is a fast-paced, exciting, safe and low-cost sport. It is played with specialized light-weight fibre glass or carbon fibre sticks and rules that promote safety and skill. The sport is relatively new and therefore evolving.

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The Cameroon Floorball Association (CFA) was created in 2012 in Douala through the brave efforts of Madam Yvette Manong who doubles as founding and first elected President, while Mr. Charly Prisco holds the office of first Secretary General. CFA successfully affiliated to the IFF in 2013 as the Federation’s 57th Member.

Since then, the CFA leadership with little or no support has successfully introduced floorball in several regions in Cameroon including Central, Northwest, Western and most recently in the South West Region with Bill Mosah appointed in May 2015 as the South West Regional Coordinator.

Since May through ADISA’s efforts, floorball is now played in both the Limbe and Buea Recruitment and Training Centers (RTCs). With Bill Mosah being the first Regional Coordinator to be appointed by CFA and strongly supported by CFA’s first donation of equipment and materials for floorball to ADISA, the South West looks to be the first Region to launch a floorball League in Cameroon before May 2016 against the first National Floorball Championship to be organised by CFA set for 2016.

 

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