Floorball, a type of floor hockey, is an indoor team sport which was developed in the 1970s. Floorball is played indoors on a gym floor, making it a year-round sport at the amateur and professional levels.
Each team can field six players at a time on the court, one player being a goalkeeper. But the coach can take the goalkeeper for a short amount of time, and switch him with an outplayer. This can make advantages for the attacking side of the team, and disadvantages when it comes to their own defence. The team is also allowed to change players any time ingame, usually they change the whole team. Individual substitution happens sometimes, but it usually happens when a player is exhausted or is hurt.
A floorball game is officially played over three periods lasting 20 minutes each (15 minutes for juniors). The time is stopped in the case of penalties, goals, time-outs and any situation where the ball is not considered to be in play.
Wheelchair floorball is played with exactly the same rules as 'regular' floorball. Players use the same stick and ball, and goaltenders are also allowed to play.
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