Hockey is expensive and floorball is cheap and easy to start with? This is at least the most most used phrase in Sweden, but is it true?
Cost for Hockey vs Floorball equipment
Hockey costs in Sweden for 7-8 year old players, close to Stockholm;
– 10€ training fee (50€ second year)
– 40€ Skates
– 25€ Shin guards
– 15€ Socks
– 50€ Hockey pants
– 30€ Shoulder pads
– 15€ Elbow pads
– 15€ neck and throat guard
– 60€ Helmet with face protection
– 30€ Hockeystick
290€ to play hockey the first year.
Hockey players warming up before a practice game against a floorball team.
Floorball costs in Sweden for 7-8 year old players, close to Stockholm;
– 60€ in training fee (130€ after two years)
– 40€ Shoes
– 30 € Protective glasses
– 55€ Team tracksuit
– 25€ Team shorts and socks
– 20€ Team bag
– 50€ Floorball stick
280€ for playing floorball the first year.
The cost to start playing the first years are quite similar, hockey has the rumour of being expensive hanging over already from the beginning, but as a floorball parent you are forced to buy “team spirit strengthening” equipment from the beginning which increases the start up cost.
By buying used equipment and being careful with the items around the sport (tracksuits etc. this is directed towards the teams) you can keep the cost down in both sports and allow your children(s) to try and practice both?
If you have the opportunity or possibility to combine floorball and hockey practices as a player, I think you should do it, that’s my recommendation based on earlier posts. You as a player will benefit from it in both in hockey and floorball, since the two sports are very similar, requiring similar skills in stickhandling, game understanding, body contact, strength etc.
Make the choice between the sports later, both floorball and hockey are fantastic games and can be combined and will strengthen your skills as a player in both sports.
Make the choice between the sports later, when you are older, depending on what you like or sometimes what you have the best skills for.