The following rules are not international standard rules for floorball. They are modified rules for social, children and competition games, giving a pretty good idea.


  • Each team will consist of either; six field players who must have a stick in hand, or five field players and a goal keeper who shall not have a stick and must remain in the goal keepers area at all times (large box).
  • Players must have matching uniforms.
  • All players must be registered.

Start (Face-off):

  • Each period will begin with a face-off at the centre mark.
  • Players must stand in their own half.
  • When a goal is scored, the game will recommence with a face-off at the centre when the referee blows the whistle.

General Rules:

  • You can use both sides of the stick (blade).
  • You cannot strike or hack an opponents stick when they are in control of the ball.
  • You cannot lift or press an opponents stick when they have the ball.
  • Pushing an opponent is not allowed.
  • You must not place your stick between an opponents legs.
  • The blade of the stick must remain below knee height while playing the ball.
  • High air balls (passing lobs) are allowed.
  • The ball may not be played with the hands or head, (except goal keeper) but feet, legs and chest are allowed (one touch only i.e. foot, stick, foot or use of chest to deflect a high ball down).
  • You cannot jump for a ball.
  • You cannot play the ball when on the ground. This includes if both knees or either hand is touching the ground (one knee is allowed, goal keepers exempt).
  • You may pass the ball using your foot but cannot score using the foot.
  • You cannot back into an opposing player.
  • Teams may have unlimited substitutions.
  • A face off will occur if the referee is undecided on an incident.
  • If the ball hits the referee then a face-off will take place.
  • Play-on may be called by the referee after an offence has been committed but the attacking team still has control of the ball to their advantage.


  • Goals can only be scored off the stick of an attacking player (no body contact). If the ball deflects off a defending player then the goal will be awarded.
  • Goals will not be awarded if an attacking player is standing in the goal keepers area (small box; sticks allowed).


  • A free-hit involves placing/setting the ball at the point of the offence
  • Opposition players must give 3 metres clearance from any free-hit.
  • If the ball is hit out over the rink/boards, a free-hit is awarded to the other team who will play the ball 1 metre inside the boards where the ball went out.
  • Goals can be scored from a free hit.
  • If a free-hit is awarded in front of the goal, it must be taken back to any point 3 metres from the goal area.


  • The referee may send off a player for violent play, complaining to the referee, delaying the game intentionally or constant free hit offences.
  • A minimum send off is 2 minutes, the offending player must sit at the scorers bench (penalty box) for the duration of the penalty.
  • The team of the offending player will play short-handed for the duration of the penalty or until a goal is scored against (offending player can return).

Penalty Shots:

  • Penalty shots will be awarded at the discretion of the referee (ie, serious offences infront of goal or the defending team fouling as last man).
  • The penalty shot will be taken from the centre mark by an attacker against only the goal keeper.
  • During the penalty shot the ball must not be allowed to move back towards the centre, if it does then the penalty is over an no score will be given.
  • The penalty shot must be concluded in 15 seconds or no score will be awarded.
  • If the penalty shot misses, a 2-minute penalty is given to the offending player.
  • After a penalty shot, regardless of the result, the game will be restarted with a face off in the centre.


  • The court will be surrounded by sideboards 40-50cm high. A wall may also be used by marking a line along the wall.
  • Full-size goals are 160cm wide by 115cm high.
  • The goals will be located at each end of the court with space behind for the ball to be played around.
  • Court markings will include a centre mark and goal keeping area (large and small box).
  • The court flooring will be a hard surface but not slippery i.e. wooden floorboards or Gerflor.
  • International standard court size is 40m long by 20m wide, this can vary as long as the length is twice the width.