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This team can become the first African team to join the WFCQ

Photo: Martin Flousek, IFF

The 13th Men’s World floorball championships, held in December 2020, is still far away, but the deadline for signing up has already passed. Therefore, the IFF published a list of countries that are interested in attending the WFC.

For the first time ever in the history of the WFC, a record-breaking number of 35 countries registered. For the 2018 WFC in Prague there were 33 registrations. However, only 16 out of the 35 countries will make it to the final round held in Helsinki, Finland. Out of those 16 spots, three are already taken. Organizer Finland is automatically qualified, next to the two countries out of North-America, USA and Canada. This decision is made to boost the floorball in this continent since the World Games will be held in the USA in 2021, where floorball will be one of the official sports. Nine out of the thirteen remaining spots will be taken in the European qualification. The other four spots will go to the winners of the Asia Oceania qualification.

Registered countries for the Men’s WFC 2020 Helsinki, Finland. Source: IFF

For the second time in the history of the WFC, there is a registration of an African team. This is Cote d’Ivoire, who can become the first African country to join a WFCQ (as Kenya signed up, but never actually competed at the WFCQ). Cote d’Ivoire was also one of the participating countries in the first ever Africa Floorball Cup. They even organized this event and held it in Abidjan. It took place from 14 till 16 September, 2018. Next to Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Togo participated. Nigeria won this tournament and is therefore the first ever African champion. Next to the men’s there was also a women’s category. For the women, the participating countries were Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali. Burkina Faso won the tournament. Now, it has been announced that Cote d’Ivoire will participate in the World Floorball Championships Qualifications as well. This shows that floorball is growing and developing all over the world. Hopefully, there will be more African teams joining Cote d’Ivoire in the future.

However, the road to Helsinki doesn’t seem like an easy one for Cote d’Ivoire. They will participate in the European qualifications to fight for a spot in the WFC. This means that they have to beat some well known floorball countries to qualify. Anyway, the experience will be useful for them and they can set an example for other countries in the world that have the ambition to participate in the WFC.

There is one more country that will also make their debut. This is the Philippines. After the women’s team already participated in the qualification for the 2019 Women’s WFC, now the Men’s team will take their chance.

The qualifications for the WFC will be played in the end of January and the beginning of February, 2020. It will be interesting to see who will make it to the final round in Finland!


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