World Ball Hockey

Versions of Hockey are played in Europe and elsewhere with a ball rather than a puck. Bandy is a Russian and Scandinavian version of Ice Hockey played with a ball. Bandy is one of the National Sports of Russia. Similarly Roller Hockey is a version of Inline Hockey played with a ball and quad roller skates rather than a puck and inline skates. Roller Hockey is one of the National Sports of Portugal.

Ball Hockey is very similar to Innebandy and Floorball, with the three sports played on a hard surface such as a community centre hall or inline/roller rink and a ball an runners rather than skates. Innebandy is the Russian version, Floorball the European version, and Ball Hockey the North American version of the sport where some of the normal rules of Ice Hockey are allowed such as bodily contact.

Ringette is yet another variation on Ice Hockey, being invented so women and young children who do not wish physical contact can enjoy the sport. It is played with a straight stick rather than curved stick which is used to hook a ring rather than a puck or ball. As mentioned earlier there is no physical contact allowed between players.

Bandy

Bandy is one of Russia’s National Sports, where it is known as Hockey with a Ball as opposed to Hockey with a Puck (Ice Hockey). It is played on Ice with a ball rather than a puck.

Versions of the sport include Innebandy (also known as Floorball in Europe or Ball Hockey in North America) where runners are used on a hard floor rather than blades or roller skates.

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Russian Bandy (Major League)

Russian Bandy Super League

Russian Bandy Super League

Bandy Super League (Russia) 2018-19

Roller Hockey

Roller Hockey is the National sport of Portugal and also very popular in Brazil. Played on skates with four wheels – one at each corner (quads) rather than Inline – and with a ball rather than puck. It has an over 100-year history in Ireland, and is sometimes also known as Rink Hockey.

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Irish Rink / Roller Hockey Associations

IRHA

Irish Rink Hockey Association Senior Spring League (Seasons): 2017

Irish Roller Hockey Association Roller Hockey League (Seasons): 1995

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Roller / Rink Hockey County Leagues

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County Roller Hockey Leagues (Decade / Era Finals):

Waterford Roller Hockey League Olympia Cup Finals 1949-1950

Dublin Roller Hockey League Butlins Challenge Cup: 1950

Dublin Roller Hockey League Classic Shield (League): 1950

Drimnagh Civic Week Roller Hockey Matches: 1949

Limerick Senior Roller Hockey League: 1941

Inter-County Roller Hockey Challenge Matches: 1939

Leinster Rink Hockey League: 1910

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Portugal Roller Hockey

Portuguese Roller Hockey League

Roller Hockey is the National Sport of Portugal, and the Portuguse Roller Hockey League is the Major League of Roller Hockey in the World.

Portuguese Roller Hockey League 2015-Present

Ball Hockey

Ball Hockey is a version of Ice Hockey played on a hard surface with a ball rather than a puck, and with runners rather than skates. It differs from Floorball in that it allows for some of the usual rules of Ice Hockey such as bodily contact.

Dmitrov, Moscow region / Russia – 06.12.2018 – 06.17.2018 Ball Hockey World Championship(Mens:Czechia,Canada,Slovakia,Russia,Great Britain. Women:Russia,Canada,Czech Republic,Great Britain,USA) Item ID: 1211296108 Contributor: Alexey Sizov [Internet] Available from:
https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/dmitrov-moscow-region-russia-0612-0617-1211296108 [Accessed 24 March 2022]

World Ball Hockey Federation

Ball Hockey (Overviews):

World Ball Hockey Federation World 5v5 Championships Women Pittsburgh 2015

Floorball

Floorball is a version of Ice Hockey played on a hard floor with a ball rather than a puck, and without skates. It has been included in the Special Olympics World winter Games since the early 21st Century. Below you will find the results & tables of various competitions:

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Special Olympics World Winter Games Floorball

Special Olympics World Winter Games Floorball

Special Olympics World Winter Games:

Special Olympics World Winter Games | Floorball Austria 2017

Canadian Ringette

Also included here on eirball.hockey are the sports Native to Canada which aren’t Major League sports, such as Ringette (a version of Ice Hockey where no contact is allowed, that is played with a straight stick and ring rather than curved stick and puck)

A young Ringette player throws the ring. Item ID: 65352292 Contributor: Brenda Carson [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/young-ringette-player-throws-ring-65352292 [Accessed 24 March 2022]

Ringette

Canadian Ringette

Canadian Rigette:

Ringette Nova Scotia Women’s Recreational League 2015-2020