Bandy is a team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. Based on the number of participating athletes, bandy is the second most popular winter sport in the world; only ice hockey is more popular.
The sport is considered a form of hockey and has a common background with association football, ice hockey and field hockey. Like association football (soccer), the game is normally played in halves of 45 minutes each, there are eleven players on each team, and the bandy field is about the same size as a football pitch. It is played on ice like ice hockey, but like field hockey, players use bowed sticks and a small ball.