The fifth IFF Central Board (CB) meeting of the year took place this weekend in Katowice, Poland as part of the 10th U19 Women’s Floorball World Championships. During the meeting, the CB discussed the next steps for implementing the strategy, ExCo matters and upcoming events.
The 17th General Assembly of the IFF
The 17th IFF General Assembly will take place concurrently with the Men’s WFC 2022 in Zurich Switzerland in the Swiss Life Arena on Saturday the November 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. in the morning. IFF Member Associations have time until Monday, September 12, 2022 send their nominations, motions and proposals to the IFF office and the IFF will send all the documents mentioned in the statutes to the member associations of the IFF at the latest by Wednesday October 12, 2022.
The IFF Strategy Implementation Working Group (SWG) held a meeting on 18e of August. The purpose of the meeting was to review the process with generic strategy implementation tables for suggested actions. The IFF office had updated the tables with responsible persons, actions taken and planned over the summer. Beginning with the November meeting, the SWG will provide the CB with a summary report on the development of suggested actions. The SWG will send a letter to all members of the strategic subgroups thanking them for the activity and informing them of the continuation of the process in mid-September.
The IFF office prepared an updated version of the strategy implementation template for the CB meeting after a validity check and approval cycle for assigned responsibilities. This will also be the basis for reporting to the IFF General Assembly to show progress in the work of the strategy.
The next meeting with the Presidents and General Secretaries of the Euro Floorball Tour countries will now take place in Copenhagen on 22n/a of September to mainly discuss the question of the future of floorball, among others.
The IFF held a second meeting with the Secretaries General of the ETF countries to discuss the first lessons of the implementation of the IFF Physical Play project. The countries have shown continued support for the project and a next meeting will be organized after the experiments at WFC 2022 in Zurich.
ATC President Ms. Plechan has been nominated for the new WADA Athlete Council, for Group 2. The IFF President and IFF General Secretary have taken steps to support the candidature, among the international federations close to the IFF. The election is conducted by the IF Athlete Committee Chairpersons approved by WADA during the 29e at 31st of August. The assumption was that the IFF would have the election results before the CB meeting, but the AMA has now informed that there are six candidates, who secured their seats in the electoral process having received the most votes. votes and that there are three candidates who have received the same number of votes and there must be a second round of election to clarify the candidates for the 7e and 8e position, from September 2 to 4. There is no information indicating whether Ms. Plechan is among the top three candidates.
Ms. Plechan is also gathering feedback from ATC members on the future of floorball and the 3 x 15 game format.
The IFF ATC will meet at the Champions Cup 2023 in Tampere.
The 2022 World Games
The result of TWG 2022 is that the athletes and teams in attendance all really enjoyed the event. The experience of being part of a multi-sport event is very different from our own major events and having the opportunity to see so many other sports and athletes is not only enjoyable but also a good learning experience both from a sporting and administrative point of view. . Additionally, housing the teams on the University of Birmingham campus in Alabama reinforced the feeling of being in the athletes’ village.
The IFF had challenges during the event with for example streaming for the first three days, but since it was not an IFF event, the IFF was dependent on the actions of the BOC and challenges with internet connections, streaming quality and other issues. were unfortunately out of the hands of the IFF.
U19 WFC 2022, Katowice, Poland
The U19 Women’s WFC 2022 was a great success in Katowice, Poland. Few minor challenges arose, but the LOC did a great job building an event with two venues and 16 teams so quickly.
The IFF greatly appreciates the proactive actions of the Austrian Floorball Federation in stepping in to replace Team Singapore in the event after Team Singapore withdrew. They managed to confirm their participation and get confirmation of their players’ involvement in just a few days, which must have been a lot of work for them. Austria took to social media to thank the IFF for being able to participate in the event.
European Floorball Cup and EuroFloorball Challenge 2022
Due to the lack of organizers for EFC and EFCh 2022, the events had to be cancelled. There was no interest from any country in hosting the EFC and it was discussed with two clubs to host the EuroFloorball Challenge.
It has been proposed that the IFF Competition Department start discussions with organizations with major club tournaments in Europe, which are held during the summer months, to stage the EFC and EFCh next summer. in these tournaments in order to give the possibility to all European members.
WFC 2023 Women
The host cities and groups for WFCQ 2023 have been decided and more information will be released on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Teams for the final round in Singapore will be determined by regional qualifiers contested in Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Among the European events, 12 teams will qualify, two from Asia-Oceania and one from the Americas. Only the host country receives a direct qualification.
The IFF sent the first part of the hosting fee to the organization of WFC 2023, which the SFA approved.
WFC 2022 Men, Zurich, Switzerland
The men’s WFC 2022 will be played from November 5 to 13 in Zurich and Winterthur. Visit the website here!
The construction of the Swiss Life Arena is progressing as planned and the ZSC Lions will host four home games before the WFC. The main concern with the Swiss Life Arena is how everything will work, as the arena operator has so little experience running it. The IFF Competition Department reports that the LOC has done a good job of keeping the IFF informed of the progress of the construction of the Swiss Life Arena. The LOC don’t really have any worries, even though the ZSC Lions haven’t played any matches in the Swiss Life Arena, but they will have played a few friendlies and four league matches before the WFC moved into the arena.
Ticket sales have been going well and there are no more tickets for the Swiss market for the final weekend, but there may be tickets released later, if there are tickets returned to the COL by travel agencies or from abroad. Special country ticketing links have been created for the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden. A major challenge is to meet the needs of international supporters, which the LOC is working on. Some 65% of budgeted ticket sales could be reached. The total cost of the event will be 6.2 million, with a surplus of 300,000 CHF.
The agreement with PolarHD has been finalized and IFF has concluded the agreements with the main television companies in the Czech Republic, Finland, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and the host. Discussions are still ongoing with Latvia and Protocol Sports is looking for solutions in a number of markets like Brasilia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Poland, Slovenia and Southeast Asian countries.
The LOC and the IFF worked on setting up the bilateral service and securing the satellite uplink via Swiss television. The satellite has been reserved for the entire event.
Champions Cup 2023, Lempäälä, Finland
The Champions Cup 2023 will be played at the Bläk Boks Arena in Lempäälä near Tampere, Finland, from January 7-8, 2023. All invited teams have registered on time and the match schedule is being prepared.
WFC U19 Men’s Championship 2023, Frederikshavn, Denmark
The contract with Floorball Denmark regarding the U19 WFC 2023 has been signed. Communication with the LOC has started and progress is continuing at a good level. The event logo and graphics will be finalized soon. The IFF Competition Department held a planning meeting with the LOC during WFC 2022 U19 in Poland.
The Americas U19 WFC Qualifier was played in Draper, Salt Lake City, USA on September 2-3, 2022 and USA qualified for the U19 WFC 2023 Final Round, and the AOFC U19 WFC Qualifier will be played in Wellington, New Zealand from September 29. – October 1, 2022.
Interest in hosting the WFC 2023 U19 Men’s Qualifiers in Europe is, as previously stated, very low. In July, it was clear that there was no organizer for the September weekend, so it was opened to organize qualifying until the end of the international weekend in February 2023. Currently, there is communication with three possible organizers.
WFC 2025 & 2026
The search for interested organizers for WFC 2025 and 2026 has begun with the September 18, 2022 deadline, after which the bidding process will begin.
Minutes of the IFF CB meeting will soon be posted here