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Floorball League Rules

Last updated:  2019 January

    Updated Rules:

  • 3/10/2019 - Roster check rule
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Floorball combines the skills of hockey with the playing style of soccer. It’s a version of floor hockey played with lightweight sticks, a plastic ball (resembling a wiffleball), and on a court with low walls. Have fun and remember, this is a social league. There’ll be at least 7 games PLUS playoffs (3 fifteen minute periods) in both the regular season and the playoffs.


Participating Players

  • To start the game, each game teams can have up to 4 players on the court plus a goalie or 5 players in the field with no goalie.
    • Each team can have up to 3 men on the court at once.
  • Each team can start with a max of 5 players with a max of 3 males. Each team can start with a minimum of 3 players, 1 of which must be female.
    • A game point will be awarded to the other team at the start of the game (scheduled game time) and every 3 minutes in the first period until the other team is able to field a legal team.
  • Teams can “pull the goalie” at their discretion, but only a goalie can enter the crease.
  • At minimum 2 of the 5 players on the field must be female players (they can both field players and the goalie).
  • Players can go anywhere except in the crease (exception the goalie).
  • There are no “off sides,” players change on the fly.
  • If your team wants to substitute a player, follow the rules outlined in the 'subs' section of the FAQ  (FAQ - League Information - Are subs allowed?).



  • You can have as many players you want on your roster, but the minimum number of players is 10.
    • The recommended team size is 12.
  • Players who register as free agens may be added to teams with rosters smaller than 12 players (captains will be notified first).
  • Additional players can be added to the roster anytime until the third week of the season at the single registration price.
  • Captains are responsible for the conduct of teams. This means they’ll need to make sure all players are legal and conform to league play standards.
  • Teams caught with illegal players or subs will lose all games for that night.






















When playing







Equipment & Field Setup

  • Equipment will be provided by Be Social Richmond.
  • Plastic floorball sticks (4 right handed and 2 left handed per team)
  • Floorball balls
  • Goalie equipment
    • Hockey Masks
    • Kneepads
    • Gloves

*Note:  Players are allowed to purchase and bring their own equipment as long as it’s standard for floorball (ask a ref or email info@besocialrichmond.com if you have any questions)

League Scoring, Standings, Seeding


Regular Season

  • Each game will consist of three 15-minute periods with 3-minute intermissions between each period.
  • The first team to the field chooses their side.
  • Teams change sides at the end of each period.

Regular Season Overtime

  • Teams can score points each floorball game (win = 3 pts, tie = 1 pt, loss = 0 pt).
  • There’s no overtime during the regular season.

Game Play and Field

  • Field setup
    • Board height for league games will be 16" and will be enforced all around the perimeter.
    • 2 goals will be centered and 6 ft from the back walls.
    • Goal creases will be 5 ft deep by 6 ft wide centered in front of the goal.
  • Match and game time
    • The clock will run continuously during matches. (Time-outs will NOT be allowed).
    • One ref will monitor the clock using the scoreboard.
  • Games will begin when the field is set and a ref blows the whistle.
  • Out of bounds
    • Balls going over a board/wall or hitting the wall above 16” are out of play and will result in a free hit for the team that didn’t hit the ball out.



*Only ref’s can call/enforce penalties.

  • The penalty boxes are at the far end of the teams’ benches.
  • When a penalty is called, the ref will state the rule penalty being enforced, call out the offending player, point to the bench, and call out the time when the player will be eligible to return.

Infraction Penalties

  • Cool down / time out: Player is sent to the bench and eligible to return after 2minutes.
    • A player has become too physical.
    • From the location of the infraction
      • Ball out of bounds on the sides
      • Lifting the stick
      • Foot Pass
      • High stick not near player
      • Holding the stick
      • Jumping a faceoff
      • Stick between legs
      • Stalling (a player holding the ball in one place longer than 5 seconds order to take time off the clock)
      • A goalie throws the ball in over the mid-court line in the air
      • A goalie stands up

*Free hits must be touched by another offensive player before a goal can be scored.

  • Goalie ball       
    • Any ball the goalie puts back in play
    • *Goalies use their hands and can throw the ball.
    • *Thrown balls must bounce before the mid-court line or it’s a free hit at mid-court for the non-throwing team.
    • *The goalie must throw the ball within 5 seconds of receiving it
    • *Goalies that leave the crease must crawl on their knees out and back.
    • *Goalies will lose their crease protection upon leaving the crease.
    • 2-Minute Penalties
      • Tripping
      • Hooking
      • Slashing
      • High Sticking
      • Roughing
        • Roughing includes trying to run through a player, shouldering someone off the ball, initiating contact if a player controlling the ball has their back to you, or posting up/trying to move a player who is established in the crease
        • Boarding( 2x)
        • Charging
        • Crease violations (any)
        • Hand Ball
        • Heading the ball
        • Obstruction (grabbing a t-shirt or player’s arm)
        • Interfering with the goalie
        • Inside 10ft on free hit or goal throw
        • Too many players, too many males (not enough females)
        • Leaving penalty box early
        • Playing without a stick (if you drop it, pick it up immediately)


Max advantage is 4 on 3

  • If one team has multiple players penalized they can still have 3 field players on the court (4 if no goalie)
    • The team will be allowed 4 players (full strength) when the last penalty has expired
  • If multiple players from a team are penalized and the players are of a different sex the team must play short a male in the field
  • If someone is in the penalty box and the other team scores, they may return early
    • Exception: if teams are at even strength (3 on 3) and a team scores, nobody comes out early



  • Teams with 1 or more forfeits during the regular season will be excluded from the playoffs.
  • Teams caught using players that are not on their roster or who were not signed up as legal subs will be excluded from the playoffs.
  • Seeding details this single-game per night sport can be found in the FAQ (FAQ - League Information - How are standings calculated for the regular season?)
  • A single elimination match format will be unique to each season.
  • If the game is tied after regulation time expires, a shootout will used to break the tie.
    • Teams MUST alternate male/female.
    • Each team selects 3 players.
    • The higher seed team chooses the team to shoot first.
    • Starting from the centerline, players advance with the ball to take 1 shot.
    • The shooter must always move in a forward motion and cannot come to a stop.
    • Goalies may not leave the crease area, and advancing players may not enter the crease area.
  • If the game is still tied after the first 3 players from each team take their shots, then teams will select 2 players (1 male, 1 female).
    • These players will continue to take alternating penalty shots male/female until the tie is broken.
  • Stalling rules:
    • If the referee feels 1+ team(s) are starting to employ delaying tactics in the last 2 minutes of a game, the referee will blow the whistle at the next stop to get players’ attention.  
    • The referee will call out "stalling warning," or something to that effect to both teams. 
    • Any time after that, if stalling tactics are employed again, the referee will assign a penalty shot against that team to be taken against that team after time has expired.
    • There’s no limit to the number of penalty shots that can be awarded to a team.
    • Both teams can be awarded penalty shots if both are guilty of stalling.
    • The same player may not shoot consecutive penalty shots. 

*A stalling tactic will be defined as any action taken resulting in a delay of game action.  It will be at the ref’s discretion to identify stalling tactics. The ref can choose to give a warning before awarding the penalty or penalties. 

Example: A team is awarded 5 penalty shots.  That team can select their 2 best players (but are not limited to 2) to alternate taking the penalty shots. 



Rules are subject to change when and as needed by BSR staff.