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U19 Men’s

 

The Men's U19 Development Team at the 2019 Texas Open


Welcome to the Men’s U19 homepage!

USA Floorball is proud to announce the roster for the upcoming Men’s Under-19 World Floorball Championships (WFC).  The WFC will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada next month, from May 8-12.  Information regarding the tournament can be found at the official site of the championships, https://floorball2019.com.

Floorball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world today, with nearly 70 countries participating in the International Floorball Federation (IFF).  The home page for the IFF can be found at https://floorball.sport. While similar games have been played for years in different parts of the world, modern floorball rules and administration were first established in Sweden in 1979.  Today, over 3 million players play floorball recreationally.

The United States Floorball Association was founded in 1994 and has been devoted to growing the game in the US.  Today, active leagues and clubs can be found in all parts of the country, and their numbers are growing.  As part of their mission, USA Floorball operates four national teams, in both adult and U19 for both men and women.  Each year, two WFC events are held, one for U19, and one for adults.  This year’s WFC events feature the Men’s U19 Championship in Halifax in May, and Women’s Championship in Switzerland this December.

All players are US citizens and represent Americans from all over the world.  The official roster is as follows and is located on the IFF website at https://floorball.sport/team/1413879841/.

# Name Position Hometown Current Club
3 Schwindt, Nicholas Forward Laramie, WY Laramie Outlaws
5 Walker, Jonah Forward American Fork, UT Utah Floorball
7 Dieckelman, Eric Forward Östersund, Sweden Sundsvall FBC U
8 Jacques, Ethan Forward Falun, Sweden Hälsinggårdens AIK
9 Radichel, Tyler Forward Flower Mound, TX NTFA Knights
11 Eriksson, Carl Center Orsa, Sweden KAIS Mora UIF
12 Terhonen, Thomas Defense Espoo, Finland Erä Viikingit
14 Williamsson, Liam Goalkeeper Oviedo, FL Orlando Vikings
16 Hansen, David Center Eskilstuna, Sweden Torshälla IBK
17 Hallikainen, Samuel Defense Nurmijarvi, Finland SB Pro
21 Dugan, Eli Forward Des Moines, WA Seattle
24 Huttunen, Aleksi Defense Helsinki, Finland Esport Oilers
27 Weber, Kevin Forward Niederwil SO, Switzerland TSV Unihockey Deitingen
40 Lehtinen, Rikhard Forward Petäjävesi, Finland O2-Jyväskylä
60 Hausman, Nate Defense Tomah, WI Tomah Floorball Club
64 Connor, Case Forward Cedar Park, TX Austin Floorball Club
72 Alongi, Lukas Forward Helsinki, Finland EräViikingit
88 Velasquez, Seth Defense Orem, UT Utah Floorball
90 Mooney, Jonathan Goalkeeper Lidingö, Sweden IBF offensiv Lidingö

Despite the distance between the players, this year’s roster has had more opportunities to play together than any team from the United States in the past.  Members of the roster played together at the premier floorball tournaments in the US over the past 9 months, including the US National Championships last August; the Golden Gate Cup in San Jose, CA in November; and the Texas Open in March of this year.  Additionally, members of the team competed in Uppsala, Sweden, at the Storvreta Cup over Christmas break as part of a development team.

Excitement is high for the team, and so are expectations.  Six players return from the 2017 WFC team, where the US placed 15th.  Head Coach Joel Olofsson returns for his 3rd MU19 WFC and has the young men ready for the tournament.  Olofsson also coaches the US Men’s National Team and is excited about the prospects of developing further American talent through the U19 team.  Olofsson says of his team: “Scouting and selecting this roster has been a pleasure as the passion for floorball in the U.S. continues to grow and the skill level of the players continues to improve. Now, we, as a coaching staff, look forward to helping this team come together and perform their best in Halifax against some of the best up and coming competition in the world.”

Team USA is ranked 15th in the world and is placed in the B Division of the tournament.  They have drawn a starting pool which includes Poland (8), Japan (16) and Russia (29).  The top two teams from each pool advance to the division playoffs, and the winner of the B Division playoffs will be promoted to the A Division for the 2021 WFC.  Rounding out the B Division is Germany (11), Canada (14), Slovenia (17), and New Zealand (21).  The US will play an international friendly against New Zealand on Monday, May 6, at the Dalplex in Halifax.

The General Manager of the team is Kenton Walker, from American Fork, Utah.  “The U.S. Men’s Under 19 Floorball Team is very excited to announce this roster of talented American players selected by our coaching staff,” said Walker.  “Most of the roster has been selected from our Developmental Team Program, which was established in 2018 to develop and scout U.S. players from around the world. The World Floorball Championships in Halifax will be a great opportunity for our team to reach new heights on the world stage and to further develop a pipeline of experienced players for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the future.”

This year’s tournament will be broadcast on the IFF YouTube channels 1 and 2, and the schedule can be found on the tournament site at floorball2019.com.  In the US, floorball has been featured on ESPN’s Top 10 plays on SportsCenter, and most recently the US Women’s National Team qualifying matches against Canada were broadcast on ESPN3.  USA Floorball has also established a relationship with the State Games of America (www.stategamesofamerica.com) and will be hosting the 2019 US Championships in conjunction with the State Games this August in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Like many sports in the US, the team is self-funded and relies on donations to help offset the cost of the travel, lodging, and entry fees.  Interested companies can contact Kenton Walker, General Manager, at kenton.walker@usfba.org.  Alternatively, the team has set up a fundraising site at RallyMe.com.  Those who would like to help out can donate directly to USA Floorball for the team at https://usafloorball.rallyme.com/rallies/15832/mu19halifax.  Since USA Floorball is a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

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Download a copy of the official press release:  USA Floorball Announces Team USA Roster for 2019 Men’s U19 WFC!

2019 U19 World Floorball Championships

Click here for the 2019 IFF U19 Mens WFC Page for schedules, tournament history and more!

Click here for the Halifax 2019 official site, including schedules and Halifax information.

Sign-Up Now to Prepare for 2021!

Our development process is just getting started, and the goal is the World Floorball Championships in 2021!  We offer many opportunities to continue to showcase your talent and hard work to our coaching staff through our Men’s U19 Development Team.  This team enters tournaments throughout the United States (and occasionally overseas) to build team chemistry, improve our play, and help promote youth floorball.

We are always looking for more candidates to practice and play with the team!  To register your interest, fill out this form.

Upcoming Tournaments & Events:

IFF U19 World Championships – May 2019

US National Championships (Lynchburg, VA) – August 2-4, 2019

Golden Gate Cup (San Jose, CA) – November 2019

Texas Open (Arlington, TX) – March 2020

Team Staff:

Coach: Joel Olofsson

Assistant Coaches:  Lars Halvardsson, Patrick Jesue

General Manager: Kenton Walker

European Coordinator: Jerker Eriksson

US Coordinator: Geoff Dugan

Fundraising & Sponsorship: Ryan Connor

Marketing & Public Relations:  Brian Radichel