Yes, you read that right! One match of the Finnish Salibandyliiga will be played in Singapore. On 18 November Finnish champions Classic will play against TPS in Singapore as part of the official programme of the Finnish Embassy called Finland 100 years. What do the people involved have to say about it?
Matt Joutsikoski, the Organising Team Project Manager
The idea of the game in Singapore came from discussions during the recent world championships in Latvia. We discussed floorball’s international development and potential particularly in Asia. Singapore and Asia, in general, would benefit from increasing interaction with European players and coaches. Floorball has enjoyed spectacular development in Europe and it would be exciting to share that success in Asia.
Pasi “Passo” Peltola, General Manager of Classic
Lets bring a top level competitive game to Singapore and allow local players and supporters to enjoy exposure to the top teams from Finland. Classic strives to be the best floorball club in the world and this visit will help us share our approach to floorball in Asia, thereby helping promote and develop the sport.
Juha Kiviniemi, General Manager of TPS
Not only can we help expand the sport internationally but this is an exciting event for our team during the darker autumn days in Finland and opens wider opportunities for our sponsors.
John Liljelund, General Secretary of The International Floorball Federation (IFF)
Internationally, floorball is growing fast. The next step is The World Games in Poland in July, where floorball is featured for the first time. At the moment we have 66 member countries, and Asia is one of the fastest growing regions. A game of this level has never been played in Asia. It is significant that Classic and TPS take an active role in developing the sport internationally.
Kenneth Ho, President of the Singapore Floorball Association
Singapore has about 15,000 floorball players, and is growing fast, particularly in schools. We aim to grow interest in floorball and motivate young players. It is absolutely amazing that world class players, including several world champions, are interested in supporting our aims. The visit by the Finnish teams will also support the work done here in Singapore by the National Federation and encourage the general population to be active and improve their wellbeing through sport.
FloorballToday will follow this unique and exciting event.