Youth Nationals has been held in U.S. since 2016. With recent success of the two last U14 Nationals in Utah and Chicago it has now come to Orlando Vikings Floorball to host the 2023 Youth Nationals in sunny and exciting Florida July 19-23. With its theme parks and beaches this is the perfect place for youth and families to gather combining some off-court fun with high level floorball this summer.
Working together with the Vikings we are also excited to announce that Youth Nationals is now expanding to offer four different divisions. Below are the specific rules for each division.
U16 Birth year 2007-2008. Younger players allowed, but youngest player allowed must have turned 13 on or before July 21st, 2023. Two players born 2006 allowed.
U14 Birth year 2009-2010. Younger players allowed, but youngest player allowed must have turned 11 on or before July 20th, 2023. Two players born 2008 allowed.
U12 Birth year 2011-2012. Younger players allowed, but youngest player allowed must have turned 9 on or before July 19th, 2023. Two players born 2010 allowed.
U10 Birth year 2013 and younger. Two players born 2010 allowed. U10 will be held July 23rd only.
Each division also allows for over aged goalies which will have to be approved by USA Floorball and the competing teams.
In conjunction with Youth Nationals Orlando Vikings will also be hosting the second year of the Peaches Vikings Camp, which is a collaboration between the professional team Florida Vikings FC and Peaches Kemp in Czech Republic. The youth camp will be held two weeks during the dates of July 17-20 and July 24-27 and will be attended by not only U.S. based kids, but also kids from Europe. It is an incredible opportunity for the kids to make new friends and be coached by some of the best players in the world that will be presented on Florida Vikings FC social media in the next two months. Florida Vikings FC was founded to help showcase the sport and reach more youth in the USA. Here is an external link to sign up for the camp: https://www.flvikings.com/camp
USA Floorball Youth Director Daniel Williamsson is the head coach and owner of both Vikings teams which has been taking the lead in developing and coaching youth throughout the U.S. for the past few years. He has been championing the previous two Youth Nationals in Utah and Chicago, but is excited to now be hosting it in Florida.
Orlando Vikings youth team has been very successful through the last few years U14 Youth Nationals winning silver 2019 in Virginia, gold 2021 in Utah, gold in 3v3 2021 in Birmingham and bronze 2022 in Chicago. The organization has been spearheading the USA Floorball Y16 teams going to Sweden for Gothia Cup and Storvretacupen. Daniel has also been coaching our U19 team in several events including Alabama 2021, Golden Gate Cup 2021/2022 and Texas Open 2022/2023 with the culmination of WFC in Denmark 2023.
“There has been a lot of development and work over the years leading up to this summer’s events in Orlando. We are very excited to be able to bring no less than four separate events to the players and spectators. We hope this will be a memorable event that everyone in the floorball community will be able to take advantage of and will lead to a lot more new floorball fans. This is not only an opportunity to play and develop, but also watch world class floorball as it has never been played in U.S. before. We are committed to continue growing youth floorball in every way we can and offer more exciting events in the future. Welcome to Florida” says Daniel.