Candidate team of the World Games: Dutch korfball team

The Dutch korfball team is one of ten nominated for the Team of the Year award 2013 by the International World Games Association (IWGA).

From January 6 to January 31, 2014, supporters and friends will be able to cast an online vote for The World Games 2013 top team. One vote per person per day is allowed.

We invite you to provide active support for the Dutch korfball team. The IKF is proud on this nomination for the World Games winners. Encourage people all over the world in all 60 korfball countries to support them with your votes. Use social media channels as well. To participate in the team vote, please visit the IWGA and vote; click here

The IWGA press officer has stated: “Everybody will be allowed to participate in the voting on the IWGA website. Each participant will have available one vote per day best team. The voting will be closed on January 31. Afterwards the IWGA will announce the winners and ranking on their website and launch a press release. The winners will be awarded a trophy.

The support for your athletes / team does not only honor their performance during The World Games 2013. The vote will also increase the popularity of your sport and will make it once more visible.”

IKF Europa Cup 2014 qualifiers known

The last two participants for the IKF Europa Cup final are known after the matches of Saturday 23 November in Croydon (ENG) as well; FJEP Bonson (FRA), Edinburgh City Korfball Club (SCO) did earn the 2 tickets.

The match results are:

  • Cardiff City – Edinburgh City Korfball Club; 9 – 12
  • Edinburgh City Korfball Club – FJEP Bonson; 4 – 10
  • FJEP Bonson – Cardiff City; 16- 3

In Belgrade (SRB) the third qualification ticket was the reward for the winner earlier on Saturday. The winner is: Korfball Club Zemun (Serbia).

Korfball Club Zemun did beat Marmara (TUR) with 14 – 13.

The IKF Executive Committee

IKF Executive Committee in 2013 as elected after the General Meeting 27 October 2013 in Lisbon (POR).
From left to right:
Mr Frank Buvens (BEL), Mrs Danielle RUTS (BEL), Dr Jan FRANSOO (president) (NED), Mr Gert DIJKSTRA (NED), Mr Graham CRAFTER (ENG), Mr Frans WALVIS (NED)

Ukraine the 60th Korfball country

At the 2013 IKF AGM in Lisbon last month – 27 October 2013 – the recently constituted Lviv Regional Korfball Federation was recognised as a new member, making Ukraine officially the 60th korfball country.

Korfball activity in Ukraine started in the city of Lviv last year under the supervision of former Catalan Korfball Federation board member Mr Carles Albà. With assistance from the IKF, through instructors Mr Casper Boom former international of the Netherlands and Russian national coach Mr Sergei Nizovsky, an introductory course for new korfball coaches attracted physical education teachers from a number of different schools.

Following the coaching course Lviv Linguistic Lyceum has become the main centre of korfball activity in Ukraine, with PE teacher Mr Dmitry Golubenko taking the lead. On 20 April he organised Ukraine’s first korfball tournament, attended by more than 60 players.

Lviv Regional Korfball Federation was formed directly after this tournament, taking on the mission to develop Ukrainian korfball.

Frank Buvens and Graham Crafter re-elected

During the IKF General Meeting Sunday 27 October 2013 in Lisbon the Composition of the Executive Committee was on the agenda. In accordance with the Statutes Mr Graham Crafter (ENG) and Mr Frank Buvens (BEL) have completed their elected term of office and are eligible for re-election. Both were willing to serve again and General Meeting re-elected them unanimous for a period of 4 years.

Mr Graham Crafter serves the IKF as Secretary General. Mr Frank Buvens is the responsible officer for Refereeing and Competitions.

Korfball Congress gives boost to youth competitions and development of korfball4

More international youth competitions and the introduction of other disciplines; those were the main focus in the discussion on the second day of the IKF World Korfball Congress.

The IKF Competitions Committee proposed a new age structure and extension for international youth competition. While currently the IKF organizes World Championships for U23, and Continental Championships U21, it was decided to align those. Given the rapid developments of players, the U23 and senior championships show so much overlap in team composition, that there Congress showed wide support for replacing the U23 World Championship by and U21 World Championship. In 2016, the last IKF U23 World Championship will be held. Further, in younger age groups there are currently no championships, although the IKF patronizes a long traditions of World Cups for U19 and U16. While the patronizing will remain, the IKF will start with an official U19 World Championship, and with Continental Championships for the U17 and U15 age groups. The formats and starting years will be set by each of the continents. It was agreed that the U15 Championships should have more of a festival nature. Further, the European continent, having the the strongest competitions, intends to open up its U17 and U15 events to team from other continents by invitation.

The second major topic for which the IKF Council received wide support was to develop a new korfball discipline, provisionally denoted as korfball4. This compact format, primarily targeted at outdoor hardcourt competitions, but being defined so flexibly that it can be played both indoor and outdoor, should open up new markets for attracting people to korfball. Extensive ideas for positioning, branding, and rules were brought forward by the delegates that embraced the new initiative. The IKF Council will now form a task force that is expected to develop the concept before the middle of next year, with the first events held in 2015.

At the day’s conclusion, the IKF shared its recent initiatives in the areas of communication and social media. For the latter, a new social media strategy will deliver extended multimedia content as from early 2015.

Dr Jan Fransoo, IKF President, – @korfballpres – spoke in his final words to the Congress of a very successful congress and he thanked all delegates for their valuable contributions: “Your support gives the IKF Council even more inspiration on the way we go”.

1st day World Korfball Congress

The first day of the IKF World Korfball Congress In Lisbon, Portugal was opened with speeches from the president of our host the FPC, Mr Mario Almeida, Mr Guerreiro, Secretary of State for Sports and Dr Jan Fransoo, IKF President in front of around 60 special guests, IKF delegates and committee members.

The sessions were on;

  1. The IKF Year of the Youth 2013
  2. Refereeing
  3. Development and Education
  4. Equal gender policy.

There was great interest in the subjects and many interesting new suggestions from the audience were added to the ideas and plans presented.

IKF World Korfball Congress and General Meeting

Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2013 around 50 delegates and IKF Council members are in Lisbon, Portugal for the bi-annual IKF World Korfball Congress and General Meeting. The Portuguese Korfball Federation (FPC) hosts this event.

Friday and Saturday are scheduled for the IKF Congress with sessions on competitions, new korfball formats, refereeing, changes in age groups, the international korfball calendar, communications, media, social media, equal gender, the Year of the Youth. Further the IKF President, Dr Jan Fransoo, and the FPC President, Mr. Mario Almeida, will sign the contract for the next IKF European Korfball Championship in 2014 in Portugal. A Portuguese Secretary of State will give a speech to all delegates on Friday afternoon to honor the IKF Congress.

Sunday morning 27 October is reserved for the IKF General Meeting. All 59 IKF member countries are invited. Based on the countries present in Lisbon from all over the world over 85% of all voting rights will be present in the General Meeting. The General Meeting is the last part of the official program.

Results final day IKF European Bowl

Turkey, Wales and Ireland finished in this order on the first three places in the IKF European Bowl and qualified for the next IKF European Korfball Championship in Portugal in October 2014.

The results of the second and final day were:

Romania Greece 10 13
Wales Ireland 8 7 after Golden Goal
Turkey France 12 6
Greece Romania 8 11
Ireland * France 15 14 after Golden Goal
Wales * Turkey * 4 7

* qualified for the IKF European Korfball Championship 2014.

The ranking of the IKF European Bowl Eastern Region is:
1 Turkey
2 Wales
3 Ireland
4 France
5 Greece
6 Romania

Frans Walvis, IKF Senior Vice-President, was very positive on the organisation by KNKV – PKC/Hagero in the beautiful Papendrecht sportsarena. All teams were very positives as well. The jury members and the referees were granted a big hand for their good work.

Frans Walvis supported by ms.  Mady Tims and Laurens Leeuwenhoek, 2 Dutch internationals and PKC/ Hagero players awarded the prizes.

Results day 1 IKF European Bowl

The first 6 matches are played. The results are:

Wales France 11 10
Ireland Greece 15 5
Romania Wales 9 14
Turkey Ireland 14 9
France Romania 12 7
Greece Turkey 3 10

Saturday 19 October the matches start 0900 AM Amsterdam time.

You are able to follow the IKF European Bowl Central region via



IKF Europa Cup 2013 final goals

This video shows the goals in the 47th IKF Europa Cup final between Boeckenberg KC (BEL) and Koog Zaandijk/Hiltex (NED)

After Korfball Challenge fun video

The speaker during the 2013 KNKV Korfball Challenge in Rotterdam (NED), Ivan Karstens, has more capacities. He is an artist!

Korfball fun in Barcelona in 2013 summer

This video shows a korfball vacation with Dutch and Catalan people in Barcelona.

It shows the world how fantastic the atmosphere is when people from two countries play korfball, have a lot of relaxing time and fun together.

IKF Level IV Coaching Course

The recent IKF Level IV Coaching course under management of Mr Ben Crum, IKF Honorary Member. We give you a few impressions.

Summary Final Day Europa Cup 2013

The final day of the korfball Europa Cup 2013 in Budapest.
Production by: Sport2View
Music by: Immediate Music – An Epic Age