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Not to be confused with rink hockey, which is another name for roller hockey on quad skates.
A (rink) bandy stick and ball
A (rink) bandy stick and ball
The ball
The ball
Rink bandy in Dnipro
Rink bandy in Dnipro

Rink bandy and rinkball are variants of bandy played on significantly smaller ice rinks. While a bandy rink is about the same size as a football pitch, rink bandy is played on ice hockey rinks.

Rink bandy originated in Sweden in the 1960s and was originally called hockeybockey.[1] With the arrival of indoor ice hockey arenas, it was a way for bandy players to practice on ice a longer time of the year; as bandy fields are larger, they were still only made outdoors in the wintertime when artificial freezing was not necessary.

The game uses a bandy ball and bandy sticks. The goalkeeper has no stick. As in hockey, a game lasts 60 minutes, but is composed of either two 30 minute halves or three 20 minute periods. Similar rules to normal bandy are used, but they are simplified to increase the pace of the game. Checking is prohibited, making the sport relatively safer than its relatives. Because of the smaller playing area, there are fewer players, normally six a side. In the USA Rink Bandy League, five players are used because of the smaller ice hockey rinks there.

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Ninh explains the Rules of Bandy The object of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must use their stick and shoot the ball into the goal. Bandy is a European game played with two teams of 16, with 11 players taking to the ice at any one time. A team must have at least 8 players on the ice at any given time. Hey Ninh, this looks suspiciously like Ice Hockey, Field Hockey and Soccer?! Ummm yep! That’s pretty much exactly what Bandy is. If you take elements of field hockey, ice hockey and football, you get bandy. The ice is roughly the same size as a football pitch, a maximum of 110m x 65m. Goals are 3.5m wide and 2.1m high which is similar to field hockey, But is played on ice, just like ice hockey. Surrounding the goals are the shooting circles, which form a 17m radius around the goals. These are the free stroke circles, which are 10m in diameter and we’ll talk more about those later. The game starts with a stroke off. Once a team has possession of the ball, they will try and move the ball towards the opposing goalkeeper and try and score. You can pass the ball directly between teammates, or skate and control the ball with either side of the stick, just like in ice hockey. Unlike ice hockey however, the stick is not curved sideways. So players have to be proficient in passing and shooting the ball from both the left and the right sides of the stick. The idea is to set up in good position to be able to shoot the ball towards the goal. The opposing team will try and stop you by tackling. They are allowed to try and take the ball away from you and move the ball in the opposite direction so that they can score themselves. One major rule difference between ice hockey and Bandy is that in Bandy: forceful contact between players is strictly forbidden – and there are varying degrees of punishment if you break, this or any of the rules. Breaking the rules may result in a Yellow Card – which is a warning. A Blue Card – which means that the offending player has to serve a 5 or 10 minute time penalty. or a Red Card, similar to football and results in a player being ejected from the game. Another rule difference, is that in Bandy: the goalkeeper doesn’t have a stick! He’s the only person who is allowed to catch and throw the ball and can only do that in his own goal circle. There are many other differences, but those are the main two you need to know about. The game is usually played in two 45 minute halves, for a combined playing time of 90 minutes. In bad weather conditions, the referee can opt to play 3 x 30 minute periods. Highest score at the end of time wins. That’s basically the gist of it, but there’s a few other things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Free Stroke A free stroke is awarded to the other team if a player breaks one of the rules. Usually, they are awarded for fouls, incorrect equipment, incorrect procedures, or the ball going out of play. The ball is hit either 1m away from the sidelines (or more commonly) from the free stroke circles, depending on the infraction. Corner Stroke Very similar to the short corner in field hockey - this is awarded if a defender deliberately hits the ball behind their own goal line. The attacking team places the ball at the corner circle, and the defending team can put their players behind the goal line. The ball is hit into play and is usually shot towards the goal immediately. Penalty Shot If a defender intentionally fouls a player with a legitimate chance to score, a penalty shot will be awarded to the attacking team. The ball is placed on the ice at the penalty spot, and just like ice hockey, it’s one shot only. Any goals scored count towards the overall score. Substitution. There are unlimited substitutions in bandy, and they can be made at any time except during a corner stroke. All substitutions must be made within the designated area. Overtime / Penalty Shootout. If the game is tied after 90 minutes, usually two extra x 10 minute periods are played to determine a winner. However, some games have the golden goal rule, where the next goal scored wins the game. For games where a winner must be determined, a penalty shootout may occur. Team with the most goals after 5 players on each team shoots the ball … wins. If you’re struggling to understand Bandy, try watching my other videos on ice hockey, field hockey and football first, and hopefully this’ll all make sense to you. If you have found this video helpful, please like, comment share and subscribe. It takes ages to make one of these things and good karma is very much appreciated. If you’re also on Reddit, you can also post the video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy Bandy. Ninh Ly, @NinhLyUK,


Balashikha Arena, where the 2017 Russian Rink Bandy Cup took place.[2]
Balashikha Arena, where the 2017 Russian Rink Bandy Cup took place.[2]

Rink bandy is governed by the Federation of International Bandy. In its quest to have bandy accepted into the programme of the Winter Olympics, rink bandy is an important way for the Federation of International Bandy to gain more members, thus also spreading bandy, since many countries, which lack a full-size field and where the game is still new, only play rink bandy at home but still participate in the Bandy World Championship.

As artificially frozen and indoor bandy arenas have become more prevalent, the interest for rink bandy has dwindled in the main bandy-playing nations (Russia, Sweden, Finland, Norway). There are still several rink bandy tournaments in Russia,[3] including the Patriarch Cup (Турнир на призы Святейшего Патриарха Московского и всея Руси[4]) for children at Moscow's Red Square.[5]

A world cup for rink bandy clubs was held every year from 1984-1998 in Hofors, Sweden. Rink bandy was included in the programme of the 2012 European Company Sports Games[6] and a European championship existed, though there is currently no top-level international competition. However, in 2017 the Federation of International Bandy decided to hold an international tournament for developing bandy countries in Nymburk, Czech Republic[7][8] and an international rink bandy club competition called Dniprobandy has been organised by the Ukrainian Bandy and Rink bandy Federation.[9] In Germany, the national bandy championship is played under rink bandy rules.


In the 1970s rinkball grew from being played in local tournaments by villagers around Finland to national-level competitions involving 100 teams or more. The sport first gained international attention in 1984 when teams from Finland and Sweden hosted one another. The International Rinkball Association was formed soon after, and in the late 1990s included Russia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland and the United States.[10] The Finnish Rinkball Federation has 1000 teams, including women, men and children. Play is divided into eight male divisions, two female divisions, and children's play is divided by age.[11] The first World Championship Games for men was held in Omsk, Russia, in 1998.[10]

The Rinkball League in Finland publishes a magazine called Liiga Extra, which offers international coverage of tournaments, equipment, and tips. In Finland, leagues and a national championship is held annually (as of 2016).


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