Floorball: Singapore to host biggest tournament in Asia

Singapore will host the biggest floorball tournament in Asia, the inaugural SG Floorball Open, on July 1-2. The event will see 65 teams compete at Temasek Polytechnic.
Singapore will host the biggest floorball tournament in Asia, the inaugural SG Floorball Open, on July 1-2. The event will see 65 teams compete at Temasek Polytechnic.ST PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

It hit a low last year when former Singapore Floorball Association (SFA) chief Sani Mohamed Salim allegedly misappropriated the organisation's funds, but the sport appears to have made a comeback.

Next weekend, the country will host the biggest floorball tournament in Asia, the inaugural SG Floorball Open. The July 1-2 affair will see 65 teams - more than any other floorball event in Asia - compete at Temasek Polytechnic.

Players from the world's top two nations, Finland and Sweden, will join forces to form a European team. Players from Japan and Malaysia will also feature.

There are five categories, with the best men's and women's teams from the top tier set to win $3,000 each. The total prize pool is more than $12,000.

Filip Dahlgren, head of organisation for the Open, said: "It was organised in about four months and for that period of time, this is a smashing response."

Japanese officials who officiated at the Floorball World Cup will be refereeing at the Open.

"Our main goal this year is to pull off a great tournament, showcase how big floorball is to Asia and to world floorball," said Dahlgren.

Teams will be split into conferences of at least four teams each, with the winners and runners-up proceeding to the play-offs.

For the elite and pro categories, each game will be a five-a-side contest of two 20-minute periods.

Teams in the competitive, recreational and corporate categories will play four-a-side games of two five-minute periods.

"This is definitely a way to raise the awareness of the sport in this region, but it still has a long way to go," said Simran Saach Singh, 23, who will be playing with the Victoria School Floorball Club.

"There will be good competition on view and it's going to be intense."

Dahlgren is already looking forward to another edition, saying: "We hope to bring all-star players from the World Cup for clinics, as well as bring back the officials for a second time round.

"We also want to cement this tournament as the biggest in Asia, increase the prize money, and in time, show that this tournament will be on par with those in Europe."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Singapore to host biggest floorball event in Asia'. Print Edition | Subscribe