Modern version of bandy was created in Great Britain in the first half of the 19th century. In the 1850s and 1870s some English football clubs (Sheffield United, Nottingham forest, etc.) played bandy along with football. After that, independent bandy clubs emerged. In 1891 the National Bandy Association (the first in the world) was established in the UK. The organisation developed official rules of the game. Great Britain contributed to the development of bandy in European countries like Sweden, Norway, Switzerland in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. English specialists who worked at industrial enterprises in Russia organized football and hockey clubs. That had a significant impact on the development of bandy in Russia.
In 1888 a St. Petersburg student Peter Moskvin founded the “St. Petersburg Sports Fan Club” (also called Sport Club). In 1897 he also developed the first bandy rules in Russia. The first official bandy match played under the approved bandy regulations was played in St. Petersburg at the North Rink on Kamennoostrovsky Avenue on March 8, 1898. This day is considered the official birthday of Russian bandy.
In 1922 the first Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic championship was held with the participation of teams from Moscow, Tver, Saratov, Nikolaev, and Kharkov. The Moscow team won the tournament. Until the mid-1930s of the past century, 6 similar competitions took place and became significant events of the national bandy history.
Federation of International Bandy – IBF (IBF, Internationella Bandyforbundet) was established in 1955. At the beginning, it comprised the USSR, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. The same year the IBF published common international Bandy playing rules.
Bandy world championships have been held since 1957. Since 1961 they were held every 2 years, now the World Championship is organized annually. The first 11 Bandy World Championships (1979 inclusive) were won by Soviet National Bandy team. In 1981 Swedish National Bandy Team won the World Championship for the first time in its history. 2 years later they duplicated the success. After that, the struggle of two teams for the World Champion’s title is going on with varying success.