More serious offence can lead to a bench penalty and giving Power Play opportunity to the opponent. No more than one bench penalty per player and two bench penalties per team can be measured simultaneously. Two minutes bench penalty can be terminated before time runs out if the opponent scores and the offending team was playing with fewer players than the scoring team.

Most common offences leading to a 2 minute bench penalty:

  • When a player hits, blocks, lifts, kicks opponent’s stick or holds an opponent or opponent’s stick in order to win a considerable advantage or without possibility of reaching the ball.
  • When a field player plays the ball above waist level with any part of his stick or his foot.
  • When a player is guilty of dangerous play with the stick. This includes uncontrolled forward or backward swing of the stick and dangerously or disturbingly raising the stick above opponent’s head.
  • When a player forces or pushes opponent against the board or the goal cage. The only allowed physical contact is shoulder to shoulder while reaching for the ball. As such this cannot lead to an intentional push or hit of the opponent.
  • When a field player omits to pick up his broken or dropped stick from inside of the rink and bring it to his team bench. Player with broken stick is not allowed to actively continue in the game. For safety reasons the player has to pick up all visible parts of his stick inside the rink and in the shortest and safest way go to substitute at his team bench. It is not allowed to play with a partly broken or damage stick. It is also not allowed to play without the stick if the player drops it on the floor. The player cannot actively participate in the game before he/she correctly picks up the stick.
  • When a player intentionally obstructs opponent who is not in a control of the ball.
  • When a field player actively obstructs to goalkeeper’s throw-out. This is considered an offence only if the field player is inside the goal crease or closer to the goalkeeper than three meters, measured from the spot the goalkeeper gained control of the ball. An “active obstruction” means following a goalkeeper sideways or trying to reach the ball with a stick.
  • When a player violates the three meters rule during a hit-in or a free-hit. No penalty is called if opponents are trying to take position away from the ball in a correct way.
  • When a field player stops or plays the ball when lying or sitting down. This includes stopping or playing the ball with either both knees or one hand on the floor, stick holding hand excluded. If a player falls down he/she needs to get up first before active continuing in the game.
  • When a player intentionally stops or plays the ball with his hand, arm or head. This also applies when the ball hits player’s head unintentionally while the player didn’t make any effort to move out of the ball trajectory and the referee considers that the player was able to.
  • When an incorrect substitution takes place or when a team plays with too many players on the court.
  • When a player commits repeated small offences leading to a free-hit.

Note: Repeated offences rule applies in situation where, during an advantage, the offensive team (same or different player) commits another offence. Bench penalty is served by the player committing the second offence. This is a specific floorball situation when a team commits two of the same or different consecutive offences leading to a free-hit and the referee gives an advantage after the first offence (the advantage rule always applies if the offended team controls the ball and can continue in the play and this gives them a greater advantage than a free-hit. The advantage expires as soon as the offended players lose contact with the opponents. The game then continues without advantage. The advantage can also end immediately if the offended team loses ball control in relation to an offence. In this case the referee interrupts game and a free-hit takes place at the spot of the original offence).

  • When a player or a member of the team staff protests against referee decision or when coaching staff acts in disturbing or otherwise incorrect way.
  • When a player uses incorrect clothing or incorrectly numbering.
  •  When a player is incorrectly equipped.

Video – most common offences leading to a 2 minute bench penalty

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