Bandy FAQs:


Q: Is a Bandy a team winter sport played on ice?

A: Yes, and in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team's goal.

Q: Was a Bandy introduced to Sweden in 1895?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy considered a national sport in Russia and is the only discipline to have official support of the Russian Orthodox Church?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy the world's second most popular winter sport after ice hockey?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy an essential part of the sport?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy played in Geneva and other towns?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy generally a free-flowing game?

A: Yes, and with play stopping only when the ball has left the field of play, or when play is stopped by the referee.

Q: Was a Bandy played in Ukraine when it was part of the Soviet Union?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy most often played at outdoor arenas during winter time?

A: Yes, so the need for spectators to carry flasks or thermoses of 'warming' liquid like glögg is a natural effect.

Q: Is a Bandy also called "ice ball"?

A: Yes, In Mandarin Chinese it is "bandy ball". In Scottish Gaelic the name is "ice shinty". In old times shinty or shinney were also sometimes used in English for bandy.

Q: Is a Bandy played on ice?

A: Yes, and using a single round ball.

Q: Is a Bandy also the number two winter sport in tickets sold per day of competitions at the sport's world championship compared to the other winter sports?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy hockey on the ice?

A: Yes, in the first rule books from England at the turn of the Century 1900, the sport is literally called "bandy or hockey on the ice". Since the mid-20th century the term bandy is usually preferred to prevent confusion with ice hockey.

Q: Was a Bandy played in Estonia in the 1910s to 1930s and the country had a national championship for some years?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy formed in 1955?

A: Yes, and with the Soviet Union as one of its founding members, the Russians largely adopted the international rules of the game developed in England in the 19th century, with one notable exception.

Q: Was a Bandy introduced to the Netherlands in the 1890s by Pim Mulier and the sport became popular?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy introduced to Finland from Russia in the 1890s?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy not large?

A: Yes, and every country which can set up a team is welcome to take part in the World Championship.

Q: Is a Bandy virtually the same as the common association football positions and the same terms are used for the different positions of the players?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy a variety played on an ice hockey-size rink?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy played within the country?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy recognized by the International Olympic Committee?

A: Yes, and was played as a demonstration sport at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo.

Q: Was a Bandy played in hidden places in forests?

A: Yes, and on ponds and lakes.

Q: Is a Bandy generally played in northern India where there is generally snow and ice?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy also the predecessor of floorball?

A: Yes, and which was invented when people started playing with plastic bandy-shaped sticks and lightweight balls when running on the floors of indoor gym halls.

Q: Is a Bandy now virtually unknown in England?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy mainly financed by private resources?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy known as "ball hockey"?

A: Yes, In Finnish the two sports are distinguished as "ice ball" and "ice puck" , as well as in Hungarian , although in Hungarian it is more often called "bandy" nowadays.

Q: Was a Bandy introduced to Norway in the 1910s?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy dropped?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy played initially?

A: Yes, after British soldiers introduced the game in the late 19th century.

Q: Is a Bandy recognised by the International Olympic Committee?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy called "Russian hockey" or more frequently, and officially, "hockey with a ball" while ice hockey is called "hockey with a puck" or more frequently just "hockey"?

A: Yes, If the context makes it clear that bandy is the subject, it as well can be called just "hockey". In Belarusian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian it is also called "hockey with a ball". In Slovak "bandy hockey" is the name.

Q: Is a Bandy known as hockey with a ball or simply Russian hockey?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy included for the first time?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy played in Germany in the early 20th century?

A: Yes, and including by Crown Prince Wilhelm, but the interest died out in favour of ice hockey.

Q: Was a Bandy played at the Nordic Games in Stockholm and Kristiania in 1901?

A: Yes, and 1903, and 1905 and between Swedish, Finnish and Russian teams at similar games in Helsinki in 1907.