Bandy originated in England in the 19th century, initially known as “hockey on the ice”,  and was popular with European countries around 1900; a nearly similar sport of Russia is also considered a precursor to bandy. Bandy is also known as “Russian hockey”. The World Championship has been named Bandy World Championship since 1957 while Women’s Bandy World Championship has been held since 2004. In addition, there are also national championships for top clubs and clubs. Bandy World Cup tournament takes place every year.