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Matt Nunez: “The future looks bright”

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Updated: January 30, 2016
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Matt Nunez is a newcomer to the US Men’s National team. He is part of the squad that will play against Canada and Jamaica at the upcoming World Floorball Championships Qualifier in Colorado Springs in February. But how did he find floorball?

– I was actually looking for an inline hockey league and when I googled for that close to Fort Worth, Texas I found floorball. I went out and tried it and have been hooked ever since, Matt Nunez tells us.

Nunez is a diverse athlete and has played football, soccer, hockey, softball and baseball as well as power-lifting. But somehow floorball is what has stuck with him.

– It is by far my favorite sport. I enjoy playing and finding new ways to improve my game.

He describes floorball as a mix between soccer and mostly hockey played on a gym floor. Played with a whiffle ball with rules for safety purposes.

– The future looks bright, we have many kid’s classes and three leagues; two for adults, beginner and elite, as well as a kids league. We have players improving each week as well as some young kids who can turn into superstars!

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Things took a new turn in 2014 when USA Floorball president Calle Karlsson told Nunez about the Men’s National team. Nunez set his aims at making the team. After an encounter with General Manager Adam Troy at the US Nationals in 2015 an invite came Nunez’s way. And his expectations on the coming qualifier are clear.

– I am hoping to learn the system Team USA plays and to impact the game however I can or the team needs me to. I am hoping to register at least one point in the tournament and hope we can beat both teams we face.

What do you think of your own floorball future?
– I think I have a lot of room for growth. I think living in a hot bed for floorball in the US makes it ideal for me to keep training hard and hopefully keep getting invited back to Team USA events.

Nunez would recommend floorball to everyone.
– It is a great and fun way to get some good cardio and meet great people. The sport is also very beginner friendly and it does not take long to get a grasp of most of the more important rules.

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What do you think of floorball future in the states?
– I think it looks pretty good! I know in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas we have an eight-year-old playing in the adult league, beginner of course, and he has one goal and one assist in four games so far. I think it is important to get schools to play in the gym classes. If we continue to grow the sport I honestly feel the next generation of floorball players can compete for a top 5 placing at the World Floorball Championships, Matt Nunez concludes.

You will be able to follow Matt Nunez and Team USA at their World Championship Qualifier adventure here on the website as well as through our social media channels. The games will be streamed live on the IFF YouTube channel.

Team USA will start off by facing Jamaica on Friday the 12th of February at 7 p.m. MST. You can find the official WFCQ event site here.

At the same time as the event the IFF will be hosting floorball seminars that are free. Read more here.