Unlike hockey, which, over the years, has established a name in the area of sport games, floorball is a relatively new sporting game. It has first emerged almost 30 years ago in Canada, then in the US and, with tournaments being held on a regular basis, it managed to extend until it has reached the North of Europe.
The main difference between the two games is the one that basically defines them. Hockey is played on ice, while floorball is played on the floor, as the name itself suggests. However, there are many other differences waiting to be explored by eyes soaked up in curiosity and minds that wish to break the unknown that surrounds these sports.
Compared to hockey, floorball uses a very light ball and also a very light stick. Also, the rules used in the floorball games promote safety and are considerably less aggressive than the rules in hockey games. Now, opposite to hockey, floorball does not really require any sports knowledge in order to be able to play it. Also, the stick the player uses in his games needs to be at a certain level. In the case of unihokej, it should be just under the level of the waist.
Floorball does not allow any body contact between the players, so when this happens, they are usually eliminated from the competition. The rules that are being followed resemble a lot the rules you may find in a classic game of soccer. As a result, in order to create scoring opportunities, coaches encourage the use of the whole gym when moving the ball. In hockey, things are a bit different, in the sense that hockey rules are strictly followed and the attacks that are being made to the net are much more aggressive.
Again, as opposed to the hockey players, the floorball goalies are standing on their knees and are provided with creases that prevent any players from entering the net area, their playing area. Also, they do not possess a stick and are able to handle the ball in some ways that are very much alike a soccer goalie.
Last, but not least, floorball is a game that involves a lot of quick passes and running. The players’ focus is mainly on controlling the ball. That’s why it can get quite addictive to watch and play, and has attracted thousands of fans all over the world.