Floorball is a relatively young indoor sport that has been gaining in popularity in recent years. During its thirty years of official existence, floorball has evolved from an initial recreational activity into one of the fastest growing organized sports (Tervo, Nordström, 2014). Established in 1986 in Sweden, the International Floorball Federation (IFF) has 62 members and floorball has been a recognized sport discipline by the International Olympic Committee (IFF today, 2017). The number of registered players is increasing every year, according to IFF (2017), by the end of 2015, 309,397 players were registered in 4330 clubs, which is 3% more than in 2014. Sweden, with approximately 118,000 members, has the highest number of registered players (approximately 87,000 men and 31,000 women). It is followed by Finland with about 52,000, the Czech Republic with 38,000 and Switzerland with 30,000 registered players (Players, 2015).
Each year, the World Cup is held under the auspices of the IFF, in the odd years the Men’s World Championship and the World Championship for women under 19 are held, and in the even years the Women’s World Championship and the World Championship for men under 19 are held (IFF today, 2017). Each year, there are also international tournaments, the so-called Champions Cup and Euro floorball Cup, featuring national league champions from the most powerful countries in floorball. For the first time, 2017, Floorball was also an official sport at the Wroclaw World Games in Poland, where 6 national teams played. At the invitation of the organizer, floorball was part of the 1997 World Games in Lahti, Finland (The World Games, 2017).
Floorball is also widely represented among recreational sports, in schools, societies and various work environments. According to data compiled by the affiliated IFF members, the number of recreational players in 2014 is estimated to be 1 256 030, and at the end of 2015 more than 3 million. This jump in the number of recreational players is also attributed to the fact that more and more members are collecting data on the number of recreational players in each country (International Floorball Federation, 2016). Sweden has the highest number of registered players, more than half a million people play floorball amateurly in schools, various societies and work environments, t. j. about 5.2% of the Swedish population (Tervo, Nordström, 2014).
Development of floorball in Slovenia
Floorball began to develop in Slovenia in the early 1990s, the Floorball Association of Slovenia (FZS) was discontinued in 2000 and in 2001 joined the IFF. According to the IFF, 408 players were registered in 10 clubs in Slovenia in the 2015/16 season (Players, 2015). The Gorenjska and Osrednjeslovenska regions are the only ones where floorball is played at the national level under the auspices of the FZS. However, floorball in Slovenia is gaining visibility and popularity, primarily through informal competitions and the inclusion of floorball in the subject of sports education in primary and secondary schools. In an online survey, Schneberger (2016) found that a large proportion of Slovenian elementary schools were at least partially equipped with floorball equipment. versions similar to him, such as street hockey. In addition, floorball is considered to be a popular sport among elementary school students by subjective assessment of physical education teachers.