The IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 in Durban, South Africa, held from 1 – 10 August 2019, will be used as a qualification tournament for The World Games (TWG) 2021 in Birmingham, United States of America.
The framework aims to have four continents present at the IWGA TWG 2021 korfball tournament. To make this happen, participants from four continents should finish in the top 11 at the IKF WKC 2019.
The final ranking at the IKF WKC 2019 decides which teams qualify for the IWGA TWG 2021, taking into consideration the following criteria.
- If the top 8 consists of participants of at least four different continents, the top 8 qualifies;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of three continents and the first representative of a fourth continent is ranked in the top 11, this representative qualifies together with the top 7;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of three continents and there is no representative of a fourth continent in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of two continents and the first representative(s) of a third and/or fourth continent is/are ranked in the top 11, the representative(s) and the top 7 or top 6 qualify;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of two continents and there are no representatives of a third and/or fourth continent ranked in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies and only two continents will be present at the TWG 2021;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of one continent and the first representative(s) of a second, third and/or fourth continent is/are ranked in the top 11, the representative(s) and the top 7, top 6 or top 5 qualify;
- If the top 8 consists of participants of one continent and there are no representatives of a second, third and/or fourth continent ranked in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies and only one continent will be present at the TWG 2021.
You can also find more interesting info about this WKC in Durban on www.ikfwkc2019.com and
The sports program of the 2021 World Games edition has been published today – 16 April 2018 – and korfball is on the program again.
Korfball has been a World Games program sport on every edition since 1985.
The 2021 World Games will take place from 15 – 25 July 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
The full program: World Games 2021 sports program
With the new IKF competition calendar 2017-2021 the number of (official) tournaments has increased. A clear choice have been made by the IKF Council to invest in the future of korfball by putting more emphasis on youth competition.
This means that starting from 2018 annually there will be held an Under 21 Korfball Championship, either a continental or world championship.
Apart from that the former (unofficial) Under 19 Korfball World Cup has been transformed into an official Under 19 World Korfball Championship, bi-annually organised. In the years without a World Championship Asia and Europe will have continental Under 19 Championships.
To stimulate korfball development around the globe, the Under 19 European Korfball Championship has been given an ‘Open’ status. This to provide the opportunity for countries in continents where no continental events are being organised to further develop the sport. For now the same thing counts for the Asian countries to give them the opportunity to play against the strongest European teams and keep improving their level.
The composition of the competition calendar for the seniors has remained the same as in the last years, with a yearly program for at least the top countries; a bi-annual continental championship in the even years is alternated with the World Korfball Championship and the World Games in the uneven years.
VIEW CALENDAR: IKF Global Continental Competition Overview 2017-2022 (.pdf)
The president of the International World Games Association (IWGA), Mr José Perurena, just announced (22 January 2015) the World Games in 2021 will take place in the city of Birmingham, in the state Alabama, USA; click for more info.
The 2021 edition will be the 11th World Games multi-sports event with 25+ sports, about 4,500 athletes and officials from approximately 100 countries. Korfball is on the program since 1985 in London, England.
After the first World Games in 1981 in Santa Clara, USA this will be the return to the USA.
During its meetings on 21 January 2015 the IWGA Executive Committee made a final assessment of the bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations. The IWGA Executive Board took the final decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sports event at its meeting earlier this morning.
The IKF congratulates the city of Birmingham and we are eager to show up with korfball in 2021 as well.
The 10th World Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland from 20 – 30 July 2017.