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Bandy is a limited contact sport, which is usually played in the winter. Bandy is similar to Ice Hockey and association football, and is considered a precusror to the sport of ice hockey.

Like association football, two teams play with 11 members each. The game comprises two halves of 45 minutes each, and the bandy field is about the same size as a football pitch. The offside rule is also employed.

The players use a stick to direct a round ball into the goal of the opponent. Although players usually use their sticks to move the ball around, they may use any part of their bodies other than their heads, hands or arms. The team scoring the most goals is the winner.

The players equip themselves with skates, helmet, mouth guard, and for the goalkeeper, a face guard. A bandy stick is used for the game.

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