Norway's Bandy Association

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Norway's Bandy Association
Norges Bandyforbund (NBF)
Norway's Bandy Association logo.png
Logo of the federation
Predecessor Football Association of Norway
Formation17 October 1920
TypeGoverning body
PurposeGoverning body for the sports of bandy, field hockey, and floorball
  • Oslo, Norway
Membership (1955)
Federation of International Bandy
Erik Hansen
Affiliations Federation of International Bandy, Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports
Formerly called
Norges Ishockeyforbund

Norway's Bandy Association (Norwegian : Norges Bandyforbund) is the governing body for the sports of bandy, floorball and field hockey in Norway.

Norwegian language North Germanic language spoken in Norway

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Bandy ballgame on ice played using skates and sticks

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Floorball ballgame-team sport

Floorball is a type of floor hockey with five players and a goalkeeper in each team. Boys and women play indoors with 96–115.5 cm-long (37.8–45.5 in) sticks and a 22–23 cm-circumference (8.7–9.1 in) plastic pucks. Matches are played in three twenty-minute periods. Floorball was included in the World Games for the first time in 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. Sweden were the first World Games gold medal winners.



Norwegian bandy was originally organised by the Football Association of Norway, but an independent federation for the 'winter football' was established in 1920. In the first years, this was called Norges Ishockeyforbund, because bandy was called ishockey (ice hockey) back then, since it is a form of hockey played on ice, but when the Canadian sport of ice hockey came to Norway, the international name bandy was adopted for what was actually bandy, and the term ishockey was reserved for what now is called ice hockey. The present name Norges Bandyforbund was consequently adopted in 1929. The Norwegian bandyforbund has been pushing for bandy to be an Olympic sport, and their argument being that bandy has the second most players within winter sports behind hockey with 500000 players. [1]

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Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

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Federation of International Bandy international bandy governing body

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National teams:

Norway national bandy team represents Norway in the sport of bandy.

Norway womens national bandy team womens national bandy team representing Norway

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Field hockey

Field hockey in Norway is governed through a certain section of the association: Landhockeyseksjon, Norges Bandyforbund. The association is a member of the International Hockey Federation.


The association organise floorball as the Norwegian Floorball Federation since 1988. It organises the men's and women's national teams and the Norwegian Floorball Eliteserie. By January 1, 2007 there are 6843 registered players in Norway.

The association joined International Floorball Federation in 1991.

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  1. Arne Riis (ed.) (1970). "Norges Bandyforbund 1920-1970". Oslo: Grøndahl & Søn. p. 16..
  2. "Historikk". Norway's Bandy Association. December 2000. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  3. "About FIB". Federation of International Bandy. Archived from the original on December 6, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2014.