The first official World Floorball Championship tournament was held in 1996 in Sweden and the best memories will definitely remain to the representatives of host country. Swedes were so sovereign they won all the five games in preliminary group with an impressive total goal difference 65:3.
On the other hand, Swiss playing in the same preliminary group, did not reach the semifinals- after debacle beating up by Sweden 0:9 they even did not succeed in the key match against Norwegian and after tie 4:4 they ended up on the third place by just one goal in the total goal difference and were missing in the battles for medals. There were no surprises and changes in the lay of power in floorball world according to the results of the second preliminary group B as well. After five easy winnings Finland passed on semifinals going from the first place, from the second position the Czech Republic managed to get among the best fours teams by defeating Russia 9:2 in their most important match. Representatives of Singapore will never forget their first world premiere since they obtained 89 goals, in fact one third of all them were scored by Finland in a match which Singaporean lost 0:30.
After expected semifinal victories of favorite Finns and Swedes there came up the anticipated Scandinavian final game. This game which took place in Globe Arena, Stockholm was seen by incredible number of 15.106 spectators and the home team of Sweden easily won 5:0 and became the first floorball world champions. By the way, Sweden has been sitting on the world throne up until now and no team was ever able to take them down. Bronze medals were fight by Norway beating the Czech Republic 6:2.