USA Women's Bandy

Sunday Funday! Support/Celebrate USA Women's Bandy as they gear up for World Championships in China

USA Women's Bandy

Sun · August 13, 2017

3:00 pm

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USA Women's Bandy
USA Women's Bandy
For those who are unfamiliar with the sport of bandy, (which is most people in North America!) it can best be described as a combination of hockey and soccer. While the equipment very much resembles hockey, (including skates and sticks) the rules are more akin to soccer. Bandy is played on a sheet of ice the size of a soccer field. Each team has 10 skaters plus a goalie, and the object of the game is to shoot the ball, (which is similar in size to a hockey puck) into the opponent's net, (which measures 7 feet tall and 11 feet wide). This sport is often referred to as "the fastest game on ice" thanks to the amount of free space that skaters have to work with, (as opposed to hockey, where the playing surface is more confined). Bandy is hugely popular in the Scandinavian countries and in eastern Russia, where there are professional leagues that draw crowds of over 40,000 spectators to matches. Based on the number of participating athletes, bandy is the second most popular winter sport in the world and it's very likely that it will be included in the Winter Olympic Games in the near future.

The USA Bandy program was established in 1980, and has grown considerably since its modest inception. In 2004, the USA Women's Bandy team took part in the first-ever Women's Bandy World Championship, which was held in Lappeenranta, Finland. Since then, the US has fielded a team in each of the seven ensuing World Championships, and the Americans have hosted two of these tournaments, (2006; 2016) as well.

The USA Women's Bandy team plays all of their home matches exclusively at the Guidant John Rose Minnesota OVAL, in Roseville, MN. This facility is the only regulation size bandy rink in all of North America. The team competes in a men's club league each winter, which serves as excellent training for international competitions. In addition to participating in World Championships every two years, the USA Women's Bandy program has routinely hosted North American rival, Canada for friendly matches and has also recently sent a squad to Sweden to take part in the 2016 World Cup of Bandy, (which is a tournament featuring club teams).

For more information, feel free to contact us at wntbandy@gmail.com.
Venue Information:
James Ballentine VFW
2916 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55408
http://www.uptownvfw.com/