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: Is a Bandy played within the country?

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: 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 played in hidden places in forests?

A: Yes, and on ponds and lakes.

Q: Was a Bandy introduced to Sweden in 1895?

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 introduced to the Netherlands in the 1890s by Pim Mulier and the sport became popular?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy included for the first time?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

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: Is a Bandy now virtually unknown in England?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy dropped?

A: Yes.

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.

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: Is a Bandy an essential part of the sport?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy mainly financed by private resources?

A: Yes.

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

A: Yes.

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 called "Russian hockey" or more frequently "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 a variety played on an ice hockey-size rink?

A: Yes.

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

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

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Bandy played in Germany in the early 20th Century but the interest died out in favour of ice hockey and football?

A: Yes.

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

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 played initially?

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

Q: Is a Bandy usually preferred to prevent confusion with ice hockey?

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 hockey on the ice or hockey on ice?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy played on ice?

A: Yes, and using a single round ball.

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

A: Yes.

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 mainly played as a recreational sport in Switzerland nowadays?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Bandy considered a national sport in Russia and is nowadays the third most popular one?

A: Yes.