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Beach Korfball World Ranking Updated and Crucial for The World Games 2025 Qualification

The Beach Korfball World Ranking is crucial for teams fighting for a spot at The World Games 2025.

In a thrilling showdown at the World Beach Korfball Championship 2024 in Pattaya, Thailand, the Netherlands emerged as the champions, securing not just the title but also the top spot in the Beach Korfball World Ranking. This victory also guaranteed them a direct ticket to The World Games 2025.

Right now, only China, as the host nation, and the Netherlands are qualified for the event. There are still six spots left, and these will be allocated based on the world ranking in December 2024.

Looking ahead, the upcoming Beach Korfball World Cups in Europe and Asia will provide more opportunities for teams to earn points and improve their ranking.

As we move towards the end of 2024, the ranking will determine which teams make it to The World Games 2025. The top team from each continent within the top 12 automatically qualifies, with the rest of the spots determined by ranking order.

For detailed information regarding the beach korfball qualification criteria for TWG2025, you can go here.

In essence, the Beach Korfball World Ranking is like a roadmap, guiding teams towards The World Games 2025. They’re not just numbers, they represent dreams, hard work, and the pursuit of excellence in the world of korfball.

Link to the latest updated ranking

Road to Chengdu begins! IKF World Beach Korfball Championship 2024: Groups Draw completed!

The group stage is set for the IKF World Beach Korfball Championship 2024 following the Group Draw that took place this evening (Monday, April 15, 2024) broadcasted on YouTube.com/ikfchannel.

Eighteen teams were drawn into three groups, with some interesting matchups emerging based on the latest beach world rankings. 

The Korfball Association of Thailand will host the World Korfball Beach Championships from 26 to 28 April 2024 in Pattaya City, which is also a qualifier event for The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China.

Group A features the current world number one ranked team, Poland, who will face off against Portugal (ranked 6th), India (7th), Australia (10th), Scotland (19th) and Czechia (23rd). 

Group B is headlined by second-ranked Belgium, who will take on Hungary (ranked 5th), Hong Kong China (8th), Japan (18th), Singapore (20th) and China (23rd).  

Finally, Group C includes USA (ranked 3rd), the Netherlands (4th), Chinese Taipei (9th), Thailand (12th), Malaysia (21st) and Macau China (ranked 23rd). 

Pattaya was a very successful host of a Beach World Cup in 2022, and this allows the local federation to build on this success as a benchmark for international beach korfball competitions.

Exciting times ahead for Beach Korfball 

Further, following the inclusion of korfball in the program of the next edition of The World Games in Chengdu (CHN), the IKF announced that the international beach korfball calendar will be expanded substantially. In 2024, in addition to the World Beach Korfball Championships, two World Cups will be scheduled, one in Europe, likely in August, and a second one in Asia, likely in December. This aligns with the vision of the IKF Council to create a year-round global calendar for beach korfball events.

 

Further, the IKF announced the qualification regulations for the beach korfball tournament at TWG 2025. The champion of the WBKC will directly qualify for TWG, and TWG host China will have the opportunity to directly qualify at the WBKC, provided they finish in the top-10 of the event. The further 6 or 7 spots (a total of 8 countries/teams can take part in TWG Beach Korfball tournament) will be determined on the newly launched IKF World Beach Korfball Ranking, ensuring both global representation across at least four continents and sufficient competitiveness by ensuring all participants are within the top-12 of the World Ranking as per 31 December 2023.

IKF Beach Korfball World Ranking

IKF Beach Korfball Ranking Criterita, click here.

TWG 2025 Qualification Criteria Beach Korfball, click here.

Where to follow

All fans around the world will be able to watch and follow this tournament live on youtube.com/ikfchannel and on www.worldkorfball.sport (with live results and live streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play …), as well as on social media on @IKFAsia and @BeachKorfball profiles and the hashtag #WBKC2024, #beachkorfball and #korfball, with the best image galleries, clips and highlights.

IKF Beach Korfbal profiles:

► instagram.com/beachkorfball
► facebook.com/beachkorfball
► twitter.com/beachkorfball
► tiktok.com/@beachkorfball

IKF Asia profiles:

► facebook.com/IKFasia
► instagram.com/IKFasia
► twitter.com/AsiaIKF

You can find all this content and much more visiting the following official IKF profiles (see below):

► instagram.com/korfball_org
► facebook.com/korfball.org
► twitter.com/korfball
► tiktok.com/@korfball.sport

About the IKF World Beach Korfball Championships

The IKF World Beach Korfball Championships is the pinnacle event for the sport of beach korfball. The event is held every two years and features the best national beach korfball teams from around the world. The 2024 edition of the championships will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, from April 26-28. 

About the International Korfball Federation (IKF)

The IKF is the governing body for the sport of korfball. The IKF is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the sport, including international competitions, development, and governance. The IKF was founded in Antwerp (Belgium) on 11 June 1933 as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations. The IKF was officially recognised 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 International Sports Federations (GAISF). 

Belgium wins the senior and the U19 IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2023

The 3rd edition of a spectacular the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2023 has finished in the Polish city of Wroclaw. From 25 to 26 August, 13 teams from 3 different continents competed to be the new champion in this new and fascinating korfball discipline, recently included in the official program of the next World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China.

The 2 fields located at Wrocław Academy of Physical Education in Wrocław became the perfect scenario for great and exciting matches, where all teams had the chance to compete for the win. The sand and the intensity of this discipline guaranteed a lot of tight matches, and lots of them were decided during exciting golden goal extra periods.

Australia, Belgium, Catalonia, England, France, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Türkiye, United States Of America and Wales were the participants in the senior category, and the Belgians were the ones who reached the top position after winning the senior final against the Netherlands by 6-8. They reached the final after winning their semi-final vs Poland by 7-10 in a great match. Congratulations!

Photos by: Marco Spelten

The Dutch team got the silver medal by fighting until the last second of every match, like they did in the final vs BEL and also during the thought semi-final vs USA which they won by one single goal (4-3).

Photos by: Marco Spelten

For the Bronze medal, Poland, the current world champions, played against an intense and competitive strong squad from the United States. The Americans were leading the game with 3 goals in advantage, but in the last 3 minutes, an impressive comeback from the Polish team decided the game in favour of the locals with a close 11-12.

Photos by: Marco Spelten

The U19 competition played between Belgium, Catalonia, Netherlands and Poland finished with another duel NED-BEL, also ending in favour of the Belgian players by 5-6. Catalonia finished 3rd and Poland 4th.

FINAL RANKING: SENIOR COMPETITION

1st – Belgium
2nd – The Netherlands
3rd – Poland
4th – United States Of America
5th – Hungary
6th – France
7th – Catalonia
8th – Wales
9th – Türkiye
10th – Australia
11th – Scotland
12th – England
13th – Sweden

FINAL RANKING: U19 COMPETITION

1st – Belgium
2nd – The Netherlands
3rd – Catalonia
4th – Poland

FINAL RESULTS AFTER DAY 2

The IKF and the PKA were honored to have the Polish Olympic Committee as a patron of this important international event, successfully organised, once again, by the Polish Korfball Association and lots of great volunteers and officials. Thank you very much to all of them for their support and good job and spirit!

LIVE STREAM PLAYLIST:
*Click on the top-right icon ≣ to view all games scheduled

All games were available to watch live for free on YouTube.com/ikfchannel: Link to playlist

Day 1 | Field 1: youtu.be/r5_P-Y6Chcs | Field 2: youtu.be/xwYmAEXhXL4

Day 2 | Field 1: youtu.be/Nfosn8WqGxs | Field 2: youtu.be/Mj8FgzMknSE

All results, scorers and rankings are available on https://www.worldkorfball.sport/competitions/ikf-beach-korfball-world-cup-2023-europe-152

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

All fans around the world were also follow this tournament, with the best image galleries, videos and photos on www.beachkorfball.sport, as well as on social media visiting the different @BeachKorfball profiles and via the hashtags #BKWC2023 and #beachkorfball:

► facebook.com/beachkorfball
► twitter.com/beachkorfball
► instagram.com/beachkorfball
► tiktok.com/@beachkorfball

IMAGE GALLERY | Day 2

By Marco Spelten – www.actiefotografie.nl

IMAGE GALLERY | Day 1

By Marco Spelten – www.actiefotografie.nl

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Follow the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2023!

[Updated after Day 1] The Polish Korfball Association is ready to host the 3rd edition of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2023. From 25 to 26 August, 14 13 teams from 3 different continents will be competing for a place in the final podium at Wrocław Academy of Physical Education in Wrocław.

UPDATE 27/8/2023https://korfball.sport/belgium-wins-the-senior-and-the-u19-ikf-beach-korfball-world-cup-europe-2023/

Australia, Belgium, Catalonia, England, France, Hungary, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Sweden, Türkiye, United States Of America and Wales are the participants in the senior category.

UPDATED RESULTS & RANKING AFTER DAY 1

24/8/2023 – 18:00 pm ⚠️ URGENT ⚠️ Updated match schedule: The IKF and LOC have faced a last-minute withdrawal of Morocco, due to VISA problems. Despite various efforts, the required documents to travel to Poland were not obtained. Therefore, the IKF BKWC (Europe) 2023 will take place with 13 senior teams.

The U19 event will be played by Belgium, Catalonia, Netherlands and Poland.

The IKF and the PKA are honored to have the Polish Olympic Committee as a patron of this important international event.

All games will be available to watch live for free on YouTube.com/ikfchannel: Link to playlist

Day 1 | Field 1: youtu.be/r5_P-Y6Chcs | Field 2: youtu.be/xwYmAEXhXL4

Day 2 | Field 1: youtu.be/Nfosn8WqGxs | Field 2: youtu.be/Mj8FgzMknSE

All results, scorers and rankings are available on https://www.worldkorfball.sport/competitions/ikf-beach-korfball-world-cup-2023-europe-152

LIVE STREAM PLAYLIST:
*Click on the top-right icon ≣ to view all games scheduled

FOLLOW ON SOCIAL MEDIA

All fans around the world can also follow this tournament, with all the results, rankings, image galleries and photos on www.beachkorfball.sport, as well as on social media visiting the different @BeachKorfball profiles and via the hashtags #BKWC2023 and #beachkorfball:

► facebook.com/beachkorfball
► twitter.com/beachkorfball
► instagram.com/beachkorfball
► tiktok.com/@beachkorfball

IMAGE GALLERY

By Marco Spelten – www.actiefotografie.nl