If you don’t know the sport of Bandy, it’s best described as a mixture of ice hockey, field hockey and football – the latter due to the similarities of playing time and number of players on the field. Just like ice hockey, it’s played on ice – but with sticks and a ball that resembles field hockey.
Bandy is especially popular in Russia as well as in the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland and Norway. Therefore, a game of Bandy can be a unique Scandinavian sports experience – and if you head to Oslo in February, you’ll have a whole tournament to enjoy.
Since 2004, the Women’s World Championships have been a biennial event, and the 2020 competition in Oslo marks the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Bandy Association. The championship will be played in three Oslo stadiums: Frogner Stadium, Bergbanen, and Voldsløkka.
The host nation will be looking to improve on their bronze-medal performances from the two previous tournaments. The favourites? Sweden. Norway’s Nordic neighbours have taken the gold in all but one tournament, as they usually face-off against Russia in the finals.
Check the official website for ticket information.