Nations that dominate the roller inline hockey
The roller hockey and the Czech Republic, by Sébastien Marpeau
A presence in all categories
The Czech Republic has already demonstrated its dominance for many years. In 2015 the nation crowned its pioneering role with the victories in all categories: the ladies, the men, the juniors and seniors, as well as the Masters!
The culture of the roller hockey in the Czech Republic
This small country with only 10 million inhabitants can count on a strong team in the ice hockey. A big variety of ice hockey players can compete at the NHL or at various national championships.
The roller hockey benefits indirectly of this great potential in the ice hockey, as the summer is the off-season of the ice hockey players. Thus, the roller hockey is a financial and sporting bridging of the summer for these ice hockey athletes. There are also a large number of Czech ice hockey players at the French national championships.
USA as the main country of the roller hockey
In the US, there are a large variety of private leagues that allows a yearlong season in the roller hockey. This turns out to be critical because of the overlapping of the professional tournaments with the selection for the national team. An annual changing national team is the result.
Canada always present
Canada scores above all in the women's matches with their professional players. But the structure is still not quite mature in order to participate in the world class.
France, best European nation
At the European level, France is at the forefront, as reflected in the results of the European Championship of the men's U18 and senior women in Roana (Italy) in 2015.
Spain is coming
After changing the structure of its formation, Spain is getting better step-by-step.
Also Italy is coming closer to the top level with small steps, especially at the World Championships 2016 in their home country (Roana, Italy).
There are still a multitude of other nations, such as Sweden, Latvia or England... In the roller hockey there are still problems with the double federation of the IIHF. If the world organization would concentrate on one federation, a wider perspective for this great sport would be apparent.