CENTRAL BOARD MEETING 04.01.2002
§ 1 Opening of the meeting
§ 2 Approval of the agenda
§ 3 Economy
The deficit was reported to be according to what has been known since
the April 2001 meeting.
CB decided to approve the financial report showing a
preliminary deficit of –54.019 CHF, and to give the Secretary
General the task to put the books forward to the auditor Mr Mikael
Brandstam for approval.
Further Mr. Jonsson reported that the budgeting and reporting will be
made in a new structure where
The CB had a discussion in general that the budgets decided by Congress
should to a very little extent be revised. The actual plans of actions
must be worked through thoroughly so that they show reality and that
the actual figures follow. The Central Boards standpoint was
furthermore to make all volunteers involved and feel that they know
the plan of actions and therefore can take appropriate actions also
CB decided according to the proposed budget with a surplus of
+8.000 CHF for the year 2002 (enclosure 1).
CB decided to give the treasurer the task to meet with all
committee chairmen and to implement projects in the economical
evaluations starting from January 1, 2002.
Budget 2003 and 2004
The CB also discussed the fact that in order to present a budget the
guidelines and inputs from the workshop, that started in Germany in
November 2001 during the U19 WFC are essential. The CB also discussed
the fact that in this sense the actual budget process will be a little,
unfortunately, awkward due to the fact that the workshop as such
should first be finalised and then the budgets established.
CB decided to put forward to Mr. Jonsson and Mr. Kratz to
prepare budgets for 2003 and 2004. The guidelines from the CB are that
the budgets should show a surplus in order to restore the equity of
the IFF to the level that was the fact at the beginning of 2001, e.i.
at least +100.000 CHF. Furthermore all IFF Committee chairmen shall be
involved in the actual work concerning plan of actions.
§ 4 World Championships (enclosure 2)
Mr Liljelund further reported from the latest information to the
participating nations: “The
preparations of the WFC 2002 are preceding very well. We are inside
the time- frame set up by the organising committee. We will in January
2002 be able to tell all participating teams the name and contact
information of your attaché during the championships. We believe that
we together with your help can make the WFC 2002 the best and finest
floorball championships. We would like you to read this information
letter trough very carefully and return directly with any questions
you might have. We would also like to ask you to fill out the Team
accreditation form, which will help us to proceed with our
preparations. In the initial plans, we planned to let each of the
teams in the B-series a possibility to play one game at the main
arena. Now we have built the match schedule so that a total of 12
B-series games will be played on the main arena. The B-group
semi-finals and final will be played in the bigger arena. Starting
from November 1st, 2001 the WFC 2002 office staff consists
of the following persons, John Liljelund general secretary, Markku
Huoponen, information officer, Noora Karme, assistant (team contact,
volunteers etc.), and Mervi Leppämäki, assistant (Hartwall Arena,
marketing etc.). You can reach the office staff on their mail
We would very much like that the teams would keep in touch with the
WFC-office, so that we can help you in any possible way. If a
participating team is planning to come to Finland in advance to the
Championships and would like to train and play training games against
local clubs please feel free to contact the WFC Office to discuss the
CB decided to approve the report made by Mr Liljelund and to
give the task to Mr Orlando and Mr Wester, respectively, to carry out
inspections, technical as well as marketing.
WFC 2003 Women in Switzerland (enclosure 3)
Mr Liljelund reported on the negotiations concerning the contract with
CB decided to approve the report made by Mr Orlando and noted
with pleasure that the plans are good in progress.
§ 5 Reports
The CB of IFF decided on its meeting in Riga April
6, 2001, to allow further testing of rules until December 2001, even
though the actual deadline had expired for additional rules for the
new rules book valid from July 1st, 2002. The CB had earlier decided
that new rules can only be changed every fourth year, in order to
guarantee that all member Associations have the same knowledge as far
as education of the referees is concerned. Amongst others the Swiss,
Finnish and Swedish associations were asked to test and evaluate the
eventual rule to be implemented "no pass to the goalkeeper".
The result will be sent for consideration, to a
smaller group appointed by the IFF Rules and Competition Committee,
during the period 15th of January - 15th of February.
On March 4 all member Association will receive the
Rules of the Game 2002, with the changes marked, via email. This
version could of course be used for translation and education.
During March the book will be printed and
Regarding the proposal that no pass to the goalkeeper
should be allowed:
Although skilful players and teams would easily
adapt this new rule most of the floorball world would temporarily make
a step back in improving the game.
top of that the goalkeepers role would be decreased to be only
IFF CB decided according to the RACC proposal not to change the rule. This means that
the tests, concerning no pass back to the goalkeeper, expire in
respective countries by the end of the respective seasons 2002, and
after that only the IFF rules book is valid from July 1st, 2002.
The system as such has been evaluated and this was also discussed.
FESI, the European department of the World Sporting Goods Federation,
has been approached by one ore more manufacturers questioning the
Mr. Liljelund will have a meeting with FESI concerning this in Brussels
on the 8th of February, 2002.
2) Decisions in surveillance test matters
CB decided to approve the report.
§ 6 Member Associations (enclosure 4)
The CB discussed the fact that there is a very good progress in Asia and
South East Asia. The CB sends its thanks to the Singapore Floorball
Association (SFA) for very good work performed that has lead to yet
another member of IFF in the region. The support and development work
done by the SFA has been vital and decisive.
CB decided to grant MFA provisional membership as member 28.
§ 7 Workshop
A clear vision will be set on basis of the material and again be
discussed and decided in the next meeting, together with the plans of
action for 2003 and 2004 to be put forward to the Congress in May.
Mr Eriksson reported that an updated version of the workshop- documents will be sent to all CB members during February 2002, to be looked into and updated once again to finally be decided upon at the CB meeting in Helsinki in April 12-14, 2002. It will at the end be up to the Congress in Helsinki May 24, 2002 to decide about IFF vision and mission.
CB decided to approve the report and time- schedule for the
§ 8 Any other business
Further the RACC proposes that an age-limit for players in the European
Cup, from the next edition, should be set to 15 years and that the
regulations must be completed with a regulation stating that a player
must use the same numbering during a tournament. The reasons, amongst
others, are to be able to set good statistics and that the audience
will be able to follow the tournament as such.
CB decided to approve the proposals, and set the age limits for
team leaders in general to at least 18 years old, and for players in
the EC to at least 15 years old and that players must use the same
number during the entire tournament.
Mr. Orlando informed of the actions taken regarding the infringements of
the Russian team participating in the Men’s U19 WFC 2001 and that
they now have been fined 1000 CHF.
Mr Orlando reported from the technical meeting on January 3, 2002 at the
EC, where the women’s team Outlaws
FFK from Denmark did not participate.
CB decided to approve the report and put the case forward to
the Disciplinary committee for ruling.
CB decided to give Mr. Kratz the task to collocate all letters of
interest to organise into a document to be published on the internet
and, via a letter, send the information to all associations of IFF.
Future organizers of IFF events 2002-2008
The CB of IFF came to the conclusion that the IFF
administration must more effectively seek for good cooperating
partners, e.g. floorball associations for these events. In practical
the IFF will ask all associations via letters of interest, but also
directly to specific associations that would be suitable, and see
themselves ready, for organising the events in mind.
As earlier decided in the CB the objective for
appointing organisers is to ask associations six years in advance and
grant the rights to organise four years in advance. This in order to
give the hosting association, supported by the appropriate authorities
within the IFF, the possibility to prosper and gain from the event as
such. As we all know, we are far from meeting with this objective.
Attached to the letter there should be a list of
IFF events 2002 - 2008 with organisers and interested organisers at this stage (also
published on www.floorball.org).
On the IFF website also all the appropriate
regulations, e.g. the Organizers Regulations, that sets the limits and
standards under which conditions an event must be organised are found.
Central Board of IFF will at its next meeting in Helsinki April 12-14,
2002 take a decision about coming events. The IFF therefore urges the
associations to look into the actual events and send in an letter of
interest, at this stage without any obligation, as soon as possible
but no later then March 15, 2002 - the IFF h.q. by hand.
CB decided to approve the report and to give Mr. Eriksson the task
to, via the IFF administration, more actively seek for organisers for
IFF events and come back with a report at the next IFF CB meeting in
Helsinki April 12-14, 2002.
6 nation tournament in Belgium 8-10.02.2002
The CB noted with pleasure that the Belgium FA has done a very good job with the tournament and that such initiatives are essential for the floorball development. The IFF RC have been represented there and supported with different referee courses.
CB decided to approve the report and to dispatch Mr Liljelund as IFF
representative to the 6- Nations Tournament in Belgium.
§ 9 Next meeting
10 Closing of the meeting