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FCP Going to International Prague Games

Prague Games is one of the biggest, and certainly most international, youth floorball tournament in the world. The tournament has been organized since 2003. This year, July 11 to July 14 will mark the 14th time the Prague Games will be played. There will be 406 teams from 13 countries, with an estimated 7000 players participating.

FCP together with SES Thunder is sending 3 teams. FCP Thunder B14 (boys born 2003 and 2004), FCP Thunder G14 (girls born 2003 and 2004), and FCP Thunder B12 (boys (and girls) born 2005, 2006, and 2007). If any of the readers is in the specified age and has playing experience, then there are still some open spots on our teams. If you have not tried floorball, why not give this fun sport a go? Contact FCP!

We are the first ever China based youth team to join an official international IFF approved tournament!

The Prague Games will be a chance for us, both players and coaches, to learn from the best in the world. We will get to see how elite teams from Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, and Czech Republic (top 4 floorball countries in the world) practice, prepare for games, and play. This is a great opportunity for us and for floorball in China!

We are looking forward to fun and interesting days in Prague. We are sure we will bring back tons of great memories and new knowledge about the game we love.

If you wish to know more about floorball and FCP then contact us. Free trials possible.

Wechat id: sandermagi

CFF Shanghai Youth Tournament

The newly formed China Floorball Federation had it’s first Shanghai youth tournament on November 20. There were 31 teams and 451 players across five age groups participating. FCP had a team in four age groups, and our teams had a good tournament, coming home with one victory (U12), two 2nd places (U8 and U14), and one 3rd place (U10). Floorball Centre Pro floorball

Our U14 team took part in a first youth tournament with real goalkeepers and did not lose any games, but placed second due to having a 1 goal worse goal difference.

The U14 tournament was played at a very high level. The four teams participating have all practiced at least 2 years and it showed in the quality of play. Ball was moving quickly and goals had to be earned. Our team was on average younger than the others, featuring four U12 players, and four U13 players, but we have some very skilled boys and girls, and were hoping to win the tournament. The other teams had the same idea and our first match against LZD was indeed very tight, with both teams having chances and goalies playing well. The result was a 3-3 draw.

Second match was against the SFLS team and was a bit easier, with our team gaining a quick lead and cruising to a 7-0 victory. Floorball Centre Pro - Floorball

Third match against SES team was again very difficult. SES team, that has won most of this age group competitions so far, started really well and took a 2-0 and 4-1 leads. But they were playing their starting five without no rest and that started to catch up to them. Our team dominated the last 5 minutes of the first half and reduced the margin to 4-2. In the second half FCP U14 kept on fighting and despite missing several chances finally carved out a 7-6 victory.

Unfortunately for us, LZD managed to do just a bit better (winning 5:4 against SES and 10:2 against SFLS), having a goal difference of +9, compared to +8 by FCP, and thus won the tournament.

U13 tournament did not have a FCP team participating, though i have coached players from 3 of the participating 4 teams. The U13 tournament was won by the SFLS team, whose enthusiastic players i have coached at their school. Floorball Centre Pro Floorball

The U12 tournament featured 8 teams divided into two 4 team groups. FCP U12 team had won the previous U12 tournament, but was missing several players from that lineup. Four of our best U12 players were playing in the U14 team, and another was not able to join this tournament. On the other hand U12 team had five newcommers playing in their first tournament. This, and the fact that the lineup featured four U10 players and only two U12 players, along with six U11 players, made me have little expectations for this age group.

The first game FCP U12 played started off well, but along the way the team got sloppy and allowed several easy and lucky goals by the opponent. The match ended with a 6-7 loss for FCP U12. I want to thank Hannu (Matias’s and Mikael’s dad) and the U12 players for making the right conclusions and turning the tournament around. The FCP U12 team was able to score nice victories against the next two opponents, 8:5 against the strong CaHe team, and 6:3 against the SES team, and made it’s way to the semi-finals. The semi-final against another SES team was very one-sided with FCP cruising to a big win. Nico caught fire and scored 5 goals in that match, but everyone played great. The final was against the Songjiang team that had just beaten CaHe in the other semi-final in a thriller decided by one goal. FCP U12 again started off great and was in control of the match until about 2 minutes from the end. FCP U12 had a comfortable 6-3 lead and chances to increase it, but then the players started to get a bit nervous waiting for the final whistle and let the opponents score two goals back. But in the end FCP U12 held on and achieved a deserved 6-5 victory. Nico was named the Best Player, but everyone on the team deserves a lot of praise. I would like to give special thanks to Anton for being an all-star goalie and controlling games from the back, thus allowing our team to blossom. Floorball Centre Pro Floorball

The U10 tournament again featured 8 teams in two groups. FCP U10 team was our biggest in terms of numbers, but even so our team was again missing some star players, sent to play for the (victorious) U12 team. U10 team was especially missing the scoring and play-making abilities of Chris and Alex.

FCP U10 was coached by coach Kaisa this tournament and here is her recollection:

U10 had a long and hard tournament. The first match was against the strongest team in our group (CaHe) and showed our weak points (match ended in a narrow 7:9 defeat). After loosing first match kids were really motivated to play the next games. We needed to win the other two group games to get to the semi-finals. The next two games went smoothly. Kids were really enthusiastic and enjoyed the game. Goals came easier than in the first game and the game plan worked. You could see that everybody was enjoying the game. The results were 11:2 and 17:1 victories. U10 team had 2 wins and 1 loss and with that guaranteed a place in semi-finals. Unfortunately, kids had just had two games in a row and could then only rest for 15 min before semi-finals.Floorball Centre Pro Floorball

We saw a result of that in the game, because our team was not ready for opponents aggressive game. With tired feet our players did not run for long balls anymore and were late in defense. Opponents weren’t very strong and definitely not better than us, but this time we had to admit that they were more ready than we were. Still, U10 really enjoyed the 3rd place game and won that one very easily, so U10 team ended the tournament with 3rd place. In the end the team showed very good game skills all day long. For me the U10 kids are winners, because to be able to play four games in a row and still show good game is a really big thing. No other age group had such a long and hard day like U10.

U8 tournament had 7 teams participating and again divided into two age groups. FCP U8 was missing a few players as well, and is in serious need of more girls. We were in a group of 3 and thus only had 2 group matches. One of them was against the team we beat on penalties in the last tournament (SES A team). This time the opponents played better than us and got a 8:5 victory. Our other match was against a new team and our FCP U8 was more skilled, getting a 5:4 win in a match that FCP was dominating, but let opponents close in the end. Floorball Centre Pro Floorball

In the semi-finals we met the winner of the other group (where each team had won and lost at least one game). In our best match yet, the FCP U8 played really well, sparked by two nice goals by Oskar, and got a win a a tight and competitive game. In the finals we met the SES A team again. FCP was resolved to put up a fight and everybody tried hard, but unfortunately it was not our day, as the other team got a few lucky goals and was later able to add to it’s lead as our team was focused on attacking. Thus FCP U8 finished with a second place.

Floorball Centre Pro FloorballOverall, all FCP teams played well and made me proud. I have gotten compliments from other coaches and parents about how well our kids play and i think FCP kids deserve all those nice things said about them.

Now lets keep this up and get better for the next tournaments. See you in practice!

/ Coach Sander and Kaisa

FCP winners – Shanghai Youth Floorball League

The first Shanghai Youth Floorball League under 12 and under 13 age division championships were decided via a single tournament on September 25, 2016. FCP had strong teams in both age groups and finished the day with no losses and two big trophies!

The U12 tournament was played in the morning and featured 3 teams. FCP, Shanghai Experimental School, and Shanghai Youyue Floorball Club. FCP U12 is one of our strongest teams and started the day off with a good match against the Youyue team. The matches were two times 20 minutes so there was plenty of time to score. On the other hand, we were trying not to get tired as most of the U12 team would also play in the U13 group. The match went well and FCP was able to come away with a convincing 19:3 victory.

FCP TrophyThe next match went even better and all players were eager to score goals. SES U12 players tried hard, but were no match for the FCP U12. In the second half we played mostly with our U10 players Apple and Chris, and our least experienced player Nessa (to give other players more rest for the U13 tournament), but we were still able to keep scoring goals and eventually the match ended 27:2 for FCP.

FCP won the U12 tournament with a goal difference of +41! The other two teams tied their match 8:8 and thus the Youyue team got the second place due to better goal difference.

The best player of the team award was given to Matias. The top goal scorer of the tournament was Chris, and the most assist went to Nessa and Stone.

All FCP U12 players were able to score or assist (Anton spent most of the time as the goal keeper). (the statistics were provided by tournament organizers and may not be completely accurate)

What is more important than the number of goals and assists, is that all players did their best to help the team succeed. The spirits were high and the mood great all throughout the tournament and i believe everyone had fun and enjoyed playing floorball – and that is what youth sports is all about.

FCP winnerThe U13 tournament was played in the afternoon and featured 4 teams. FCP, Shanghai Experimental School (SES), Shanghai Foreign Language School (SFLS), and the Guanghua Middle School Eagle & Lion team. The FCP U13 had 8 players who also played in the U12 tournament, but were aided by the addition of Anoushka, Nathan, and Lucas (who is probably the best floorball player of his age in Shanghai).

The first match for FCP was against a new team – the Guanghua Eagles & Lions. FCP players, perhaps a bit overconfident, were quickly caught off guard as the other team managed to score a nice goal within a minute from the start. This seemed to awaken the FCP players who continued to score throughout the whole match and eventually won 31-2. The opponents later said that they have been training for only a month.

The second match was going to be different, as the opponent was the SES U13. SES U14 team beat us in the May 8 tournament, but their U13 team was missing most of the key players from the U14 team. Still, they are a well coached physical team with many players that went to Finland and Sweden this August as a part of FCP organized floorball training tour. The match against SES was tight from the beginning, with FCP maintaining a 1 or 2 goal lead most of the first half, though SES did manage to tie the score once or twice. In the second half the better individual skills of FCP players started to take effect and, as our players missed less chances, FCP started to pull away. The final score was 12-4 for FCP.

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The third match for FCP U13 (and fifth match of the day for most of our players) was against SFLS team. SFLS has usually been a bit weaker than SES and also lost against them (6-10) in this tournament. It is hard to say if it was the fatigue, or let down after winning the previous very important match, but for most of the first half of this game the FCP players were constantly a step behind and a moment too late. SFLS players on the other hand were flying around the court in high spirits and were able to score many nice goals, most of them from quick cross passes that caught FCP players off guard and out of position. SFLS raced out to 4-1 and 5-2 leads. FCP players started fighting harder, but too often sought to score on their own instead of playing as a team. After SFLS scored two more quick goals for a 7-3 lead it was time to make some adjustments. We shortened our rotation and found a lineup that worked. Lucas, Matias, Oskari and Elsa, with Nathan, and later Anton, in goal. This group was able to score two goals before the break and bring back hope for our team. The beginning of the second half was the most intense of the tournament. SFLS fought hard, had some chances and even scored a goal, but FCP was able to respond and eventually tie the game at 8-8. To keep the pace we went back to the full lineup and everyone did a great job keeping the pressure on SFLS and scoring goals. Match ended 14-9 for FCP!

FCP U13 team won all 3 games, scored 57 goals, allowed 15 goals (+42), and generally played nice floorball. I am very proud of our team for supporting and encouraging each other the whole tournament (and also in practices).

Best player of the team award for the U13 competition went to Evan. Tournament’s best goal scorer was Lucas, and most assists were handed out by Sage.

Every player on our team did a great job fighting hard, playing for the team, and giving your best. Like i said before, goals and assists are only one part of the game, everyone should be proud of the way they played and helped our team win!  (the statistics were provided by tournament organizers and may not be completely accurate)Sander FCP coach

FCP U13 and U12 both did a wonderful job playing together and for each other and made me a proud coach of CHAMPIONS!

Chinese junior floorball team plays friendly match in Sweden

A few years ago, Floorball Centre Pro – China was founded, a company focusing on the growth of floorball in China. Our goal is to make floorball accessible to children and youth organizations across China, Shanghai. We work closely with schools and recreational centers regarding floorball programming.

Yesterday afternoon a group of 8 twelve- to fourteen-year-old boys and girls from Shanghai enjoyed a friendly game of floorball in Lund, Sweden. It is probably the first time that a Chinese youth team in floorball visits Sweden.

The game was played between a team from Shanghai and IBK Lund youth team, which have had the longest exposure to Floorball. Both teams really got into it, passing, shooting and dribbling!

I believe China has a bright future in Floorball and we hope to establish more exchange programs for Chinese teams and students.

Articles in Swedish:

Lokaltidningen – http://lund.lokaltidningen.se/historia-skrivs-pa-innebandyplanen-/20160818/artikler/708249977/2409

IBK Lund – http://www.sportadmin.se/hemsida/start/?ID=94750

Innebandymagazinet – http://www.innebandymagazinet.se/ibm/artikel.asp?aid=62118

// Floorball Centre Pro – China (FCP)

FCP CHAMPIONS!

On March 26th CFL organized a floorball tournament for kids (born 2003 and later) in Songjiang. There were 6 teams participating. Teams were divided into groups of three, each team played against the other two teams in the group, then two best teams from each group played in the semi-finals and winners of those matches met in the finals.

FCP team joined forces with the Emerald team and together we had a strong group of 12 players. This group showed excellent skills, but even more importantly they showed fighting spirit and determination that enabled them to overcome adversity and finish the tournament as Champions!

Here’s the full story!

CHINA FLOORBALL CHAMPIONSHIP 2016!

This year, the Chinese Championship was hosted in Hong Kong and unsurprisingly that skewed the participation towards Hong Kong and southern China teams. The lineup this year saw three teams from Hong Kong (HK Fashion Boys, HK Fashion Men, YMT Jokers) and two from Guangzhou (GZ Taipans, GZ Ram Chops), out of the eight teams in total. Shanghai Sharks were back as reigning champions after having regained the title last year in Beijing. As were last year’s runner up, Hakkapeliitat, with Suzhou SSV completing the lineup.

Shanghai Sharks met up with the largest team and really lived up to being the international team of Shanghai as two of the Shanghai Sharks players flew in from Singapore and two even from as far away as Sweden, among them, the team captain.

The championship has since Shanghai 2013 played on two courts to allow for longer games. Hong Kong kept up with this tradition, but the venue could not accommodate two full size courts, so one of the courts was smaller and required only four-on-four players. To make it fair, each team had one match each on the smaller court and the rest on the full-size court.

Shanghai Sharks had the opening match of the tournament on the full-size court, playing against YMT Jokers. Sharks and YMT had not met in a tournament since Hong Kong 2012, where Sharks got a comfortable victory. This year, it started out far from comfortable for the Sharks as the Sharks quite possibly had not gotten over their jet-lag and YMT put up a good fight and scored the first goal of the game. Sharks managed to equalize, but both teams exchanged goals until the score was 3 – 3, when the Sharks got a break and managed to pull away to 5 – 3, which became the final score.

So a victory for the reigning champions, but not a convincing victory. At the same time, Hakkapeliitat showed that they were ready to get revenge from last year with a crushing 6 – 0 victory against HK Fashion Boys on the small court. The second round of matches saw an even bigger victory, when HK Fashion Men introduced themselves to the tournament with a 8 – 0 victory over GZ Ram Chops. The second game on the small court was a much more even affair with SSV just barely beating GZ Taipans 5 – 4.

In the third round, it was time for Shanghai Sharks and GZ Ram Chops to battle it out on the small court. Even if the rink was small and the Sharks had a big team, the Sharks chose to play all lines, which made it hard to get a real flow in the play, but in the end, the Sharks still managed to control the game and secure a 7 – 1 victory. On the full-size court, Hakkapeliitat also bagged their second straight victory, by beating GZ Tapians 5 – 3. This was followed by a 5 – 0 victory over HK Fashion Boys by Suzhou and a whopping 12 – 2 victory of YMT by HK Fashion Men on the small court.

Since all team by now had played a match each on the small court, the last four pool matches would now be played on the full-sized rink. The first two of these matches would be pool finals, as Shanghai Sharks would meet HK Fashion Men and Hakkapeliitat would meet Suzhou. However, the way the tournament was arranged, meant that the result from the pools would not affect any team’s possibility to reach the final as all teams would go to quarterfinals. Naturally, a top position in the pool, would mean a supposedly easier opposition in the quarterfinals, but the path would not be completely blocked. With this in mind, Shanghai Sharks chose to continue playing all lines throughout the entire match against HK Fashion Men, regardless of the outcome.

HK Fashion men was a formidable opposition, with the two largest victories behind them and they did not show any nerves coming up against the reigning champions. The Sharks were pushed back in a very defensive position, with HK Fashion Men controlling the game. This did inevitably also resulted in not just one, but two goals for HK Fashion Men. Sharks stuck with their strategy and did manage to reduce to 2 – 1, but in the end, HK Fashion Men, played better than Sharks and got their third well deserved victory with 4 – 2, securing the top of the pool.

Hakkapeliitat continued their winning streak and beat Suzhou 3 – 0 and with YMT beating GZ Ram Chops 2 – 1 plus GZ Taipans beating HK Fashion Boys 5 – 1, the pools were rounded off and Sharks would meet GZ Taipans in the quarterfinals.

After a lunch break where all teams could recharge for a new set of matches in the afternoon, the quarterfinals commenced. With the quarterfinals, the smaller court was put to use again, to allow for two quarterfinals to be played in parallel. Shanghai Sharks were lucky to be placed on the full-sized court, as was the other runner-up from pool B, Suzhou. Both winners, on the other hand, would play their matches on the smaller court.

With the play-offs started, it was now all-or-nothing in every single remaining game. Shanghai Sharks was among the top four teams in the pools, but had not won their games as convincingly as the other three teams and needed to step up their game to have a shot at the title. That step-up did not happen initially in the quarterfinal. GZ Taipans scored the first goal and even if Sharks managed to equalize shortly afterwards, the game was still hanging in the balance and the Sharks did not manage to build up a pressure. Then Sharks decided to reduce the number of lines playing which gave the remaining lines more time on the court and helped get the flow back into the Sharks’ game. From here, Sharks did score three straight goals and in the end win the quarterfinal 4 – 1.

The other quarterfinals did not offer any surprises and HK Fashion Men, Hakkapeliitat and Suzhou all won their matches with 6 – 3, 7 – 1 and 5 – 0 respectively. In the semifinals, the arch rivals from Shanghai, Hakkapeliitat and Shanghai Sharks were to meet in a repeat of last year’s final. In 2015, Shanghai Sharks came out ahead after a generally strong performance in the tournament. This year, Sharks almost limped into the semifinals whereas Hakkapeliitat came to the game with just clear victories behind them; would they they get their revenge from last year’s final?

As could be expected, the game was tight from the start. Nerves and fatigue also started to take a toll and the match was much more physical than previous games. It had all the characteristics of an important derby game. About half way into the first half, Shanghai Sharks scored the first goal of match, but it was by no means a decisive goal; the match continued to be tight and even. At the end of the first half, Shanghai Sharks again reduced the number of lines in play in order to try and increase the lead and secure the victory. This again proved to be a winning strategy and for the first time this tournament, the Sharks managed to keep their goal clear, while scoring another two goals, for the final result of 3 – 0.

With the undefeated HK Fashion Men facing off with Suzhou in the other semifinal, the tournament final seemed to become a repeat of the pool final where they won against Shanghai Sharks. However, the Fashion Men vs Suzhou semifinal was probably the biggest surprise of the tournament, if nothing else because it became a tie in the match with the most number of goals in the tournament; drawing with Fashion Men’s previous 12 – 2 victory. This match was much more level, though. Suzhou have some fearsome shooters and they will take shots as soon as the slightest opportunity presents itself. This gave them a couple of goals lead early in the match, but Fashion Men was by no means a beaten team and started to reduce the scores. However, everytime Fashion Men would get real close, Suzhou would respond and increase the lead again. Time, in the end, did run out for Fashion Men and Suzhou were in the finals after an impressive 8 – 6 victory.

SSV Suzhou vs Shanghai Sharks in the final was a final between the sharpshooters of Suzhou and the routine of the Sharks that were in their 6th consecutive final. Just a the semifinal, this match was tight and physical. Suzhou and Sharks have played each other several times before, understanding the gameplay of the other team and not wanting to let up a single ball. It was Suzhou that were to be the first to score with one of their signature shots. Shortly afterwards, Sharks showed that they could also master shooting with a slap shot right up in the corner of the net.

A badly timed change in the lines from Shark’s side gave Suzhou a free path to shoot at the goal, which is an opportunity they rarely miss. This time was no exception, and Suzhou was ahead 2 – 1. Now Sharks went down on two lines; a strategy that helped them through both the quarter and semifinals. Still, but half time, Suzhou was still ahead 2 – 1. In the second half, Sharks fired off a shot from a free-hit situation, straight into goal, equalizing to 2 – 2. The Sharks got a taste of that medicine not far afterwards, though, when Suzhou got a free-hit from the corner and an unchecked Suzhou player could, once again, put Suzhou in the lead, 3 – 2. The Sharks were now down for the count, but with more than 5 minutes left, there was still time to turn the game around. Suzhou kept up the barrage of shots, but the Sharks managed to block or save all of them and Sharks instead managed to equalize to 3 – 3 with minutes left to play. It started to seem like the match would go into extra time, which probably would not have surprised anyone in the audience. It wasn’t to be this time, though. With a minute or so left, Sharks had a player at the right place at the right time, to shoot in a deflected ball, giving Shanghai Sharks the lead for the first time in the match. Suzhou made a furious effort to equalize before the time was up, but Shanghai sharks managed to fend off the rest of the attacks, claim victory and take home the trophy to Shanghai for the 5th time in the last 6 tournaments.

Author: Georg

SIMON @FLOORBALL CENTRE PRO MEETS TWO PING PONG LEGENDS!

Jan-Ove Waldner (Stockholm, 3 October 1965) is a Swedish table tennis player. He is known as “the Mozart of table tennis” and is a legend in his native Sweden as well as in China. In China he is known as 老瓦 Lao Wa – “Old Wa(ldner)” or 常青树 Chang Qing Shu – “Evergreen Tree”. Jörgen Persson (born 22 April 1966, in Halmstad, Sweden) is a Swedish table tennis player. In two memorable World Table Tennis Championships finals he faced fellow Swede Jan-Ove Waldner in 1989 and 1991, losing the former and winning the latter. Persson has represented Sweden in every Olympic Games since table tennis was introduced into the Olympic program. Along with Croatian Zoran Primorac and Belgian Jean-Michel Saive, he is the first table tennis player to have competed at seven Olympic Games. His game is based on a powerful backhand stroke and a regular forehand. His best Olympic result is a fourth place at the 2000 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics.

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