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Overview of the Estonian Floorball Union and of floorball in Estonia 1993- 2017


Estonian Floorball Union (Eesti Saalihoki Liit, ESHL) was founded on November 27th, 1993 in Tallinn by four clubs: Pärnu Vapper, Tallinn Estonians, Avinurme Avi and Mustamäe SK Aeg.

The first president of ESHL was Andres Kull who was replaced by Ain Lillepalu in november 1995.
The general secretary of ESHL from the beginning of its history has been Tõnis Teesalu.
ESHL belongs to the Estonian Central Sports Union from 1994 and as a result of emergement between Estonian Central Sports Union and Estonian Olympic Committee it is a member of the latter from autumn 2001.
ESHL has been a full member of International Floorball Federation from 1996.

The board of the ESHL elected in June 2014 consists of  five members: Ain Lillepalu, Tõnis Teesalu, Meelis Aab,  Marko Saksing and Mikko Iiskonmäki.

In the autumn of 2016 the ESHL has 26 member clubs: Tallinna Tehnikaülikooli SK, Maitimi SK, SK Aeg, Nõmme TK, Jõgeva SK Tähe, Viskoosa SK, Jäneda SK, Tallinna Spordiselts Kalev, SK Terves Kehas Terve Vaim,  Pärnu SHK, SK Sinimäe, SK Favoriit, Tamsalu EBE, Järvamaa SHK , Ääsmäe Kultuuri ja Spordi SA, Eesti Maaülikooli SK, SK Augur, SK Noorus, Sparta Spordiselts, Viljandi SHK, Valga SHK, Tartu SHK, SK TVK Leegid, SK J.J.PS, SK Tahmakyla United ja GAP SK. 

Altogether the number of people playing floorball is about 3000. The official number of people playing floorball in clubs is 1278 and in the sportschools 170.

The number of teams participating in the XXIII Estonian Championships for men is 24 (5+5 clubs in the Premier League A and B, 200 players and 14 others in the first division, 280 players). In addition to that 5 teams (100 players) take part in women's championships meistriliiga, 5 teams (100 players) in esiliiga (energialiiga) and 39 (about 550 players) in championships for A-, B- ,C-, D- , E-  and F- juniors. In total the number of players is about 1230.

The Estonian Championships have been held 22 times, the winners so far are SK Aeg (1995, 1998), Jõgeva Tähe (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014), Bändidos (2002), TTÜ SK (2005, 2007, 2008, 2015), SK Augur (2010,2011, 2012) and SK LINK/Saku (2016). The Estonian Cup has also been held 13 times, Jõgeva Tähe SK has won it 11 times, SK Aeg and TTÜ SK both once.
The winner of the women’s championships 2016 is Sparta Spordiselts.

The Estonian national teams have participated in next major tournaments:

the European Open Championships in Switzerland in 1995 (9th place)

the World Championships in Sweden in 1996 (11th place)

the World Championships in Chezh Republic in 1998 (10th place (2nd in division B))

the World Championships in Norway in 2000 (11th place (3rd in division B))

the U19 World Championships in Germany in 2001 (10th place)

the World Championships in Finland in 2002 (12th place (4th in division B))

the U19 World Championships in Chezh Republic in 2003 (11th place (3rd in division B))

the World Championships in Switzerland in 2004 (12th place (2nd in division B))

the U19 World Championships in Latvia in 2005 (11th place (3rd in division B))

the World Championships in Sweden in 2006 (11th place (1st in division B))

the Qualification in Poland to the Women´s WFC 2007 B-division

the U19 World Championships in Switzerland in 2007 (11th place (3rd in division B))

the World Championships in Czech Republic in 2008 (8th place)

the Qualification in Slovenia to the Women's WFC 2009 B- division (2nd place) and World Championships in Sweden in 2009 (15th place (5th in division B))

the U19 World Championships in Finland in 2009 (9th place (1st in division B))

the Qualification in Spain to the Men's WFC 2010 (1st place)

the World Championships (final tournament, 16 teams) in Finland in 2010 (7th place)

the Qualification in Poland to the Women's WFC 2011 (4th place)

the U19 World Championships in Germany in 2011 (8th place in division A)

the Qualification in Slovenia to the WFC 2012 final tournament (1st place)

the World Championships (final tournament, 16 teams) in Switzerland in 2012 (9th place)

the Qualification in Latvia to the Women's WFC 2013 (5th place)

the U19 World Championships in Germany in 2013 (11th place, 3rd in division B)

the Qualification in Slovakia to the WFC 2014 final tournament (2nd place)

the Qualification in Spain to the U19 WFC 2015 (1st place division B)

the World Championship (final tournament, 16 teams) in Sweden in 2014 (8th place)

the Qualification in Poland to the Women's WFC 2015 (5th place)

the U19 World Championships in Sweden in 2015 (12th place, 4th in division B)

the Qualification in Tallinn to the WFC 2016 final tournament (2nd place)

the Qualification in Italy to the U19 WFC 2017 (1st place division B)

the World Championship (final tournament, 16 teams) in Latvia in 2016 (8th place)

the Qualification in Italy to the Women's WFC 2017 (3rd place)

Altogether the Estonian national team has won 48, lost 53 and tied 9 official games. The Estonian U19 team has won 29, lost 22 and tied 3 official games. The head coach of the U19 national team is Marko Saksing. The Estonian Women's national team has won 12, lost 19 and tied 3 official games. The head coach of ladies team is Pavel Semenov. The Estonian U19 women' s team has lost 2 official games.


22.02.17

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