Belgium (Blankenberge) host of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018

The IKF is happy to announce that the Royal Belgian Korfball Federation (KBKB) will host the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018. The event will take place on the weekend of the 11th and 12th August 2018 and will be held in Blankenberge, Belgium. The best ranked European team will become European Beach Korfball Champion 2018.

With the introduction of World Cups, the IKF invests in the global development of beach korfball. Every continental organisation has the opportunity to organise a World Cup in 2018 and every country from all over the world is able to participate in each of the events. This can lead to at most 5 World Cups:

  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Asia)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Oceania)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Africa)
  • IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Americas)

The bid of Belgium to organise the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018 surpassed the competitive bid of the Turkish Korfball Federation (TDSF). Decisive in this process was the overall picture by the KBKB, presenting the event in a wider “Korfball Experience” approach to promote (beach) korfball in Flanders. This includes a side event for youth teams and recreational teams during the Championship weekend and a tournament for schools at the end of June. In Blankenberge, there is two kilometres of beach available, so having enough playing space for all beach korfball activities is not an issue!

Next summer it will be 15 years since two small clubs outside Antwerp started playing beach korfball. Since then beach korfball has grown significantly. In 2010, the Belgian Federation started a taskforce to organise a beach korfball tour across Flanders, which has been converted into an official committee within the Federation. To date, the highlight is the year of 2015 with more than 1200 participants in the korfball tour. This has left no doubt that the 2018 event will create a special 15th anniversary!

The Netherlands are the 1st IKF European Beach Korfball champions!

The Hague Beach Korfball Stadium (NED) hosted the 1st IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017. A great weekend with international senior and U19 teams playing this new spectacular and different korfball discipline. After an intense weekend with two closely contested finals, The Netherlands won both gold medals in the senior and U19 categories.

In the senior category, Portugal won silver while Belgium won the bronze medal game against Czech Republic. The U19 silver medal went to Hungary, and Belgium U19 won bronze.

The event took place under sunny though windy circumstances, in the great Beach Stadium in The Hague (NED). About 1000 spectators attended the final match between the Netherlands and Portugal. During the weekend, also a grass-roots tournament took place on the beach next to the stadium.

You can review all the final results and rankings at

IKF OEBKC 2017 – Day 1: Updated results -> LINK
IKF OEBKC 2017 – Day 2 (Semi-finals & Finals): Updated results -> LINK

All images, videos and curiosities about this tournament are available on IKF social media profiles (and via hashtags #beachkorfball & #korfball):

Actiefotografie FB galleries (

Day 1:


Day 2:


Some images of the finals (by Dani E.):















IKF General Meeting 2017

The IKF General Meeting will take place Sunday 20 August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The opening address by the IKF President, Dr Jan Fransoo, will be 9:00 AM (GMT + 1).

The venue is open for registration as of 8:15 AM.

IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship

The first IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship will be played Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands. [Watch the promotional video]

This 4 vs 4 event is open for teams in the categories Senior and Under 19. Each team will consist of a maximum of 6 players: 3 females + 3 males.

The Royal Dutch Korfball Federation (KNKV) is the organiser of this event.

All the info, updated schedule, results and much more on

Some additional information:

  • All National Federations (worldwide) have received an official invitation letter including entry forms for the Senior and Under 19 category.
  • A & B countries are allowed to subscribe 2 teams per category, C/D/E countries can subscribe 1 team per category.
  • It’s up to the National Federations to decide how to select their national team(s). This can be done by organising a National Championship and sending the winner(s), or just by selecting the best players available.
  • Deadline to subscribe teams for the tournament was 15 May 2017. The official players list must be known before the end of July.
  • Drawing of the tournament groups is done in July.

To stay posted about all information, please also follow the IKF Facebook page (

For further information or questions, please visit or contact

Follow the 1st IKF Beach Korfball Champ. on

The IKF recently launched a specially designed website for beach korfball:

Due to the continuously growth of beach korfball all over the world and the first ever IKF Beach Korfball Championship this next weekend, the need is there to give beach korfball it’s own communication platform.

On you will find all relevant information about beach korfball in general and daily reports of this 1st IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 that will be held in The Hague from 19-20 August.

As usual, all images, reports, interviews, videos and curiosities will be also available live 24/7 on IKF social media profiles (and via hashtags #beachkorfball & #korfball):



Referee Clinics and Workshops Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong

Mr Graham Crafter, IKF Secretary General and former Elite Referee for the IKF, conducted a two days Chinese Taipei Level B Referee Course on special invitation of Chinese Taipei Korfball Association. More than 20 candidates participated on 5 and 6 August. Mr Liu, a councelor of New Taipei City visited the Beach Korfball practical refereeing session in the Sunshine Sport and Recreation Part and expressed his interest and support to the future korfball activities in this city with the biggest population in Chinese Taipei.

After sharing his wide experience with referees from Chinese Taipei, Mr Crafter visited Hong Kong as special guest and chaired ongoing workshops on 9 and 11 August for the IKF appointed referees of the 2nd IKF Asia U19 & U16 Korfball4 Championships.

In the above mentioned referee educational events in Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong, the main focus was on the comparison among the rules of Korfball, Beach Korfball, Korfball4 (2 korfs) and 1-Zone Korfball (1 korf).

referee practical session combined with the training of TPE beach korfball squad on 6 August

Group draw IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

A total of 16 teams from 12 different countries will participate in the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 on 19 and 20 August in The Hague, The Netherlands. The last of these teams needs final confirmation and will be communicated later.

A and B classified countries were permitted to subscribe two teams for the tournament. The draw for the tournament is shown below.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
The Netherlands 1 Belgium 2 Poland Wales
Czech Republic 1 Hungary Portugal
Serbia France Czech Republic 2 Belgium 1
Suriname The Netherlands 2 Chinese Taipei Germany

The teams will compete in 4 groups of 4 teams each. After the group phase the tournament will continue in a knock out format. The two highest ranked teams of every group will qualify to play the quarter finals and thereby will compete for the first 8 places. The two lowest ranked teams of the group will continue playing for the places 9 to 16.

Location of the tournament will be The Hague Beach Stadium. The winner of the tournament can call itself the first ever winner of an official IKF beach korfball tournament.

IKF launches beach korfball website

The IKF is happy to announce the launch of a specially designed website for beach korfball:

With the continuously growth of beach korfball all over the world and the first ever IKF Beach Korfball Championship on it’s way, the need is there to give beach korfball it’s own communication platform.

On the you can find all relevant information about beach korfball in general and the Open IKF European Beach Korfball Championships 2017 that will be held in The Hague from 19-20 August. In the coming months more detailed information about beach korfball and the coming event will be posted. If you feel that important or interesting information is missing, please let us know through so that we can make the website even better!



IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

The IKF is proud to announce its first ever beach korfball tournament:  ‘IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017’! The event will take place in the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 and will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser is the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV).

Beach korfball is already played in multiple countries in all continents around the world. It has a different lifestyle approach and is especially popular with the younger age groups. Therefore IKF is convinced that beach korfball helps to invest in the future of korfball. To point out this important role in development, the tournament in The Hague will consist both of a Senior and an Under 19 category.

With only four players needed to form a team, instead of eight in regular korfball, IKF is aiming to make it easier for national associations to initiate new korfball activities and reach new players. On the competition level IKF believes to create more equality between the teams and lower costs for national associations by having less athletes involved and using a short tournament format.

The venue of the tournament will be ‘The Hague Beach Stadium’. This unique accommodation is located directly on The Hague Beach and has all the necessary requirements for hosting a top beach sport event. The spectacular location at the waterside is perfect to host multiple side events and really involve korfball fans and visitors with the event. With the track record of the KNKV in organising events, the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 can only end up being a success!

More updated information on




IKF Council extends World Championship participation to 20 countries, sets rules for Korfball4 and Beach korfball

The Council of the International Korfball Federation met today in Dordrecht (Netherlands). One of the main topics on the table were a number of key decisions regarding the 2019 IKF World Korfball Championship due to be held in Durban (South Africa). Due to the growth of Korfball playing countries in Africa and the Americas and to avoid having to reduce the number of countries qualifying from Asia and Europe, the IKF Council has decided to increase the number of participating countries from 16 to 20. A new competition format has also been proposed within which the total duration of the event will not exceed 10 days, which has also been the duration of the previous two World Championships with 16 teams. Elimination matches will start immediately following the pool matches.

Qualification quota for each of the continental federations have also been decided, with normally 2 places for the Americas, 2 for Africa, 6 jointly for Asia and Oceania (with a minimum of 1 for Oceania) , and 10 for Europe. Detailed quota have been determined for different scenarios, depending on the number of countries entering the Pan-American Championship (2018), the All-African Championship (2018), the European Championship (Netherlands, 2018) and the Asia-Oceania Championship (Chiba, Japan, 2018).

Further, the Council set the rules for korfball4, a new and dynamic format where teams of 4 rather than 8 players compete. Both a one-korf format and a two-korf format for korfball4 have been regulated, enabling member countries to set up leagues and tournaments in either of the two formats. Also the beach korfball rules have been updated in preparation for the likely start of official championships in several continents.


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