Bandy: a Hockey Wannabe?

World map showing 27 of the 28 members of the ...
World map showing 27 of the 28 members of the Federation of International Bandy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


My second post for the day. If you’ve read comments left on this blog, you will have read one of my visitors asking about a game called “bandy.”  I’d never heard of it, and apparently it’s a game that has gone international, including in Canada.  So here are a few things I’ve learned about the sport.

  • Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice.
  • Skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal.
  • It’s played on a rectangle of ice which is the same size as a football / soccer field.
  • Each team has ten players plus a goalkeeper.
  • A standard bandy match consists of two halves of 45 minutes each.
  • Players aren’t allowed to touch the ball with their heads, hands or arms, or else they get a 5 minute penalty.
  • The Bandy World Championship for men were first held in 1957, and then every 2 years starting in 1961, and every year since 2003.
  • Currently, the record total number of countries participating in the World Championship is 14.
  • Finland won the 2004 World Championships.  All other championships have been won by the Soviet Union, Russia and Sweden.
  • In February 2004, Sweden won the first World Championships for Women.  The second women’s World Championship, held in Roseville, Minnesota, in the United States in 2006, won again by Sweden, defeating Russia in the final (3-1).
  • The Federation of International Bandy (FIB) has 29 members (2012).
  • In 2001, the International Olympic Committee approved it as a “recognized sport.”
  • At the 2014 Winter Olympics, bandy will be presented within the cultural programme, and the International Federation is trying to become a full medal sort in Pyeongchang 2018.

Once I started looking into bandy, I found many sites that discuss and teaches us.  The first I’ll suggest is the Bandy Quebec; then there’s the Federation of International Bandy; and thanks to Wayback Machine, we can view a history of bandy; and if you still want to know more, there is an extensive list of links at


  1. bandy is hockey, the orginal brittish hockey on ice, later in Canada transformed to modern hockey. In russia and Scandinavia the sport is still popular.


    • Thank you, WM! You have such a list there, it may take me a little while to visit them all … but I know what you mean about choosing. It is difficult indeed. 🙂


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