“Best possible PR for the sport of Floorball”
IFF general secretary John Liljelund looks back at the WFC in Switzerland and talks about the planned change of mode.
John Liljelund, IFF Generalsekretär© Fabian Trees
“It was a well organized event with a good atmosphere, a lot of fans in the spectator stands and over all a number of good matches”, says IFF general secretary John Liljelund on Saturday after the semi finals. It’s the best possible PR for unihockey, he says. He really liked the couple of surprises, notable Latvia’s win against the Czech during the group stage and Germany’s win against Latvia in the quarterfinals.
Liljelund especially mentions the well organized work between the IFF and the host swiss unihockey and says he liked they way, in which swiss unihockey handled the power outage in Bern (Thursday during the quarterfinals the lights went out for two hours in Bern and both games were played with a long delay) and the masses of snow, which suddenly dropped from the skies. His only critique is, that the communication between Bern and Zurich could have been better. But he also adds, that the hosts did their best to improve the situation.
He was positively surprised by the average of 1’100 spectators per game during the group stage. “I am very pleased with the total number of spectators in the Event”, the general secretary says. The average is only slightly lower than it was in Finland (2010) and the Czech Republic (2008). He also enjoyed the number of school children, who attended the games during the group stage.
After the WFC is before the WFC
During the press conference on Saturday, the IFF informed about its program for the next couple of years. On top of the list is the effort to become an Olympic sport. The goal is to participate at the Olympics either in 2024 or 2028. The IFF also informed about the change of mode for the future WFC, which will take effect for the Women’s WFC in 2013 and the Men’s WFC in 2014. “It was the wish of the member associations to create a system with more tight and meaningful games in the WFC”, explains Liljelund. The change of mode will make the sport more interesting.
The fact that 16 teams participate at the WFC will not change. However, the top 8 teams will be distributed in groups A and B and the ranks 9-16 will play in the groups C and D. First and second spot in groups A and B are directly qualified for the quarterfinals, while the third and forth spot will play against the best ranked teams from group C and D for their spots. New to the system is, that every country except the host country will have to qualify during a qualification tournament.