Welcome to the IKF Korfball Champions League!

The Executive Committee of the IKF decided in 2022 to launch a new competition format for the club competitions in Europe. The format entails a series of events eventually culminating in a Final event for the six strongest European clubs, and Challenger and Satellite Finals for lower-ranked clubs.

The new competition was branded as the IKF Europe Korfball Champions League (KCL). It is the joint successor of the IKF Europa Cup and the IKF Europa Shield. The IKF Europa Cup existed for almost 60 years and was open to the champions of all European leagues. The IKF Europa Shield, that has existed for about 20 years was open to the vice-champions of a selected set of European leagues.

In the initial KCL 2022-23 setup, two clubs took part from the strongest 7 national leagues in Europe (Belgium, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Netherlands, and Portugal), and 1 club from the other national leagues in Europe. Eventual quota for participation were determined based on a IKF’s coefficient system.

This competition format allows for more matches between clubs of similar strength, doing justice to the growing club competitions in Europe. The KCL consist of three successive qualification rounds, with stronger clubs entering in later phases of the competition, and three Final competitions: The Korfball Champions League Finals, the KCL Challenger Finals, and the KCL Satellite Finals.

The KCL aims to foster competitive matches between clubs of similar levels across Europe, and provides a platform for clubs to gain valuable international experience and pursue titles across multiple levels.

In 2023, the IKF launched a new refined set-up after the inaugural season 2022-23. The IKF EXCO evaluated the events, taking into consideration the feedback of the participating clubs, the national federations, the IKF Officials and the IKF Committees.

The new set-up honoured the main goals of the IKF KCL, while adjusting it in such a way that the main feedback points were incorporated. The main goals that form the fundament for the IKF KCL are:

  • Have more competitive matches between clubs of similar level from different countries across the entire European club competitions;
  • Improve quality at all levels;
  • Have a feasible path to winning a title across multiple levels;
  • Have competitive finals (KCL, Challenger, Satellite);
  • Gradually increase the number of club teams from a country that can get European competition at their level.

These findings led to this year’s set-up of the IKF Korfball Champions League for the season 2024-25 (see picture on top).

Competition model | 2024-25

Teams are seeded based on the previous year’s KCL results, with a clear structure for filling spots in each round.

On June 24, 2024, national federations received the invitation letter and registration form for their qualified teams. The locations of the several rounds and finals will be reavealed as soon as they are confirmed.

Criteria for participation:

  • Club teams from countries with National club championships with at least three teams for the past two consecutive years.
  • Teams must finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the national championship preceding the event. A, B, C, D, E Countries will have the right to subscribe different number of teams.

KCL Round 1-A & 1-B

  • Dates: 27-29 September 2024
  • Participants: 16 teams (Champion and Vice-Champion, possibly 3rd place for B-countries; Champion only for D or lower countries. If there are still vacancies, C- countries possible have 3 teams invited and D- countries possibly have 2 teams invited).
  • Format: Two rounds (R1A and R1A) held simultaneously from Friday evening to Sunday.
  • Structure: Teams ranked by previous year’s ranking and country’s coefficient. Groups of four with cross-finals and finals. Shorter matches (D3 scenario), allowing multiple matches per day.
  • Qualification: Top team from R1a and R1b advances to R2; 2nd and 3rd place teams proceed to Satellite Final.

KCL Round 2

  • Dates: 3-7 December 2024
  • Participants: 10 teams.
  • Format: One location from Tuesday evening to Saturday.
  • Structure: Two groups of five, round-robin matches within each group.
  • Qualification: Top team from each group proceeds to KCL Final; 2nd and 3rd place teams proceed to Challenger Final.

KCL Satellite Final

  • Dates: 17 -19 January 2025
  • Participants: 4 teams.
  • Format: Friday evening to Sunday, round-robin format.
  • Qualification: 2nd and 3rd place teams from R1a and R1b.

KCL Challenger Final

  • Dates: 24-26 January 2025
  • Participants: 4 teams.
  • Format: Friday evening to Sunday, round-robin format.
  • Qualification: 2nd and 3rd place teams from R2 groups.

KCL Final

  • Dates: 5 to 8 February 2025
  • Participants: 6 teams.
  • Format: Two groups of three, round-robin format, cross-finals and finals.
  • Qualification: Top 4 teams from the previous year’s edition and winners of R2 groups.

Qualified teams | 2024-25

NOTE I: SVK and FRA withdrew from competition last year and did not participate in Satellite Final.
NOTE 2: POR 2 withdrew from competition last year and did not participate in KCL Final.

Live streams, results and social media

All fans around the world can follow this tournaments live on youtube.com/ikfchannel and on www.worldkorfball.sport (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play …), as well as on social media on the hashtags #KCL and #korfball, to find the best images, clips and highlights.

You can find all this content and much more visiting the official @IKFKCL profiles, as well as recaps on the main IKF profiles (see below):

@IKFKCL profiles

► twitter.com/ikfkcl
► instagram.com/ikfkcl
► tiktok.com/@ikfkcl

IKF official profiles
► twitter.com/korfball
► instagram.com/korfball_org
► tiktok.com/@korfball.sport