The International Korfball Federation (IKF) was founded in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 11 June 1933 as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations.
The IKF was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1993 and is affiliated to the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF), the International World Games Association (IWGA) and the Global Association of Internationl Sports Federations (GAISF).
The IKF aims to spread korfball around the globe. It provides sixty nine (69) (as per 20 August 2017) affiliated member countries with financial, material, and structural support to achieve this goal. Kenya (68) and Suriname (69) are the most recent new (associated) members after the decisions of the General Meeting 20 August 2017 in The Hague (NED). This General Meeting expelled Mongolia due to a lack of korfball activity.
The IKF has established a network of contacts in many countries and actively promotes the game by transfering knowledge internationally by exchange programmes and inviting selected korfball players, coaches, and administrators to its training courses in order to create a stable local structure in all 69 affiliated countries – see under IKF Members – on which a flourishing korfball organisation can be built. Keypoint in the IKF Strategy is youth development in all member countries.
The IKF is organised in five Continental Confederations – IKF Africa, IKF Americas, IKF Asia, IKF Europe and IKF Oceania – since 2011.
The IKF General Meeting is the highest authority in the IKF. The IKF is managed on a daily base by the IKF Executive Committee – 8 members – and the IKF Council – 12 members.
The IKF stimulates the global awareness that korfball is a spectator, mixed gender, media oriented and innovative teamsport.