It was 2009 that Finland first took part in the ISBHF World Championships. Since that time Finland has participated in four World Championships and its respectable 7th place finish in 2011 is its best performance so far. Up until this year Finland had been without a national federation with many obstacles having stood in the way to establishment. But May 2nd, 2017 witnessed the founding of the Finnish Ball Hockey Association and a major step forward as a very respected world hockey nation.
The Finnish Federation is making steps and for now possesses three teams; Peräpohjolan Poropojat, Siivikkalan Pelikassit and the HC Kings which based in Vantaa, a city just 20 km from Helsinki. The HC Kings also competed in the ISBHF World Cup for Clubs in Heilbronn in 2016. The first National Championships will be played in Finland next summer with the hope of having at least four teams at that time as a fourth team has expressed their interest to the federation.
Johannes Pukema stated that the ultimate goal in Finland is to develop every year and to have a stronger Finnish national team ready for 2019 in Slovakia. That with the support of the federation, that additional professional players will be developed and that Finland will have a real chance to fight for the medals and battle seriously against the major ball hockey nations. With the inclusion of sponsorship as well, Johannes hopes that games will develop in its nation as there is the challenge of long distance between the teams.