Rinkball is a game very similar to Rink Bandy. Rink Bandy was developed in Sweden in the 60’s. It was made for bandy players to practice for a longer time on ice. Rinkball was then later made a sport of its own.
Rinkball uses a bandy ball, though with an ice hockey stick. The sport is played on an ice hockey rink. One rink ball game lasts 60 minutes, which has two 30-minutes halves, or three 20-minute periods. Rinkball has similar rules to normal bandy. It uses a smaller playing area so not much players are used, usually it’s six per team.
Rinkball gained international popularity in the 1980’s when Finland and Sweden played each other. Then the International Rinkball Association was made. Today, Russia, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Switzerland, Hungary, and Finland are members of the association. The spoert is very popular in Finland; the Finnish rinkball federation has over 1000 teams. The first World Championship for Rinkball was held in Russia.
- Bandy — a team sport played on ice using sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team's goal, a precursor to ice hockey
- Rink Bandy — a variation of bandy that originated in Sweden in the 1960s, played on an ice hockey rink.
- Ice Hockey — a contact sport that is played on ice while wearing skates and using a stick to hit a puck into a goal.