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IKF World Korfball Championship 2019

The 11th IKF World Korfball Championship will take place in South Africa in the city of Durban. The match days are 1 till 10 August  2019. The team managers meeting will take place 31 July.

The IKF WKC 2019 will contain the highest number of participants in the history of korfball. The number of 16 countries during the IKF WKC 2015 in Belgium has grown to 20 participating countries at this year’s edition. The participating countries all have qualified themselves during their Continental Championships in 2018.

Of the initial 20 countries that qualified for the IKF WKC 2019 the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe unfortunately had to withdraw. While also the first reserve of the Americas (Brazil) was not able to step in, the first reserves of Europe (Slovakia) and Asia (Macau China) have been approached as replacements. Both countries happily accepted the invitation.

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Tournament set-up and draw criteria IKF World Korfball Championship 2019

The IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 is getting closer and closer. Today, we announce the tournament set-up and the pool draw criteria.

The 20 participating countries start playing in five pools of four countries. The top three of each pool and the best number four qualify for the round of 16 and stay in the race to become the World Korfball Champion 2019. The remaining four countries will be playing against each other in a round-robin system, with a final at the end, to determine their position in the final ranking (position 17 – 20). The exact match schedule after the group stage will be announced closer to the draw in April.

The best number four will be decided following the rules stated in the IKF Competition Regulations (*), which state that the points earned by each team shall be decisive. In case these points are equal, the goal difference shall be taken into account. If teams are still equal after this, the goals scored by each team shall be the final decisive factor. (*In the case multiple teams end up with the same number of points, the scores against the pool leaders will be taken out.)

To decide the line-up of the five pools, an open draw will be conducted. This draw will be held during the IKF U19 World Korfball Championship in ‘t Kalverdijkje, The Netherlands on Saturday, April 20th at 14:00 o’clock. For the draw, the 20 participating countries have been divided into four pots.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D Pool E
Netherlands Chinese Taipei Belgium China Germany
Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2 Pot 2
Pot 3 Pot 3 Pot 3 Pot 3 Pot 3
Pot 4 Pot 4 Pot 4 Pot 4 Pot 4

Pot 1: Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Belgium, China, Germany.

Pot 2: England, Czech Republic, Portugal, Hungary, Australia.

Pot 3: Hong Kong China, Catalonia, Poland, South Africa, Suriname.

Pot 4: New Zealand, Slovakia, Ireland, Japan, Macau China.

 

The draw criteria as decided by the IKF EXCO are:

  • Pool leaders are not drawn but are fixed, based on the top five of the IKF World Ranking.
  • The IKF World Ranking as per 31-12-2018 is used to decide which countries end up in Pot 1-4, taking into account that all Continental champions are at least positioned in Pot three.
  • It is not allowed to have four European, three Asian or two Oceanian countries in the same pool. In case this happens during the draw, the relevant country will change position with the country drawn after. In case this is not possible, the change will be made with the country that has been drawn before.
  • The drawing is completed per pot. So, first all countries presented in Pot 2 are drawn, then all countries in Pot 3 and, finally, all countries in Pot 4.

The draw can be followed live through the IKF YouTube channel.

IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 – Participants known

In just five and a half months the IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 in Durban South Africa, held from 1 to 10 August, will start. At this point, all the participants are known.

The IKF WKC 2019 will contain the highest number of participants in the history of korfball. The number of 16 countries during the IKF WKC 2015 in Belgium has grown to 20 participating countries at this year’s edition. The participating countries all have qualified themselves during their Continental Championships in 2018.

Of the initial 20 countries that qualified for the IKF WKC 2019 the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe unfortunately had to withdraw. While also the first reserve of the Americas (Brazil) was not able to step in, the first reserves of Europe (Slovakia) and Asia (Macau China) have been approached as replacements. Both countries happily accepted the invitation.

The participating countries are:

Countries IKF World Ranking*
Australia (OC) 10
Belgium (EU) 3
Catalonia (EU) 12
China (AS) 4
Chinese Taipei (AS) 2
Czech Republic (EU) 7
England (EU) 6
Germany (EU) 5
Hong Kong China (AS) 11
Hungary (EU) 9
Ireland (EU) 20
Japan (AS) 24
Macau China (AS) 30
Netherlands (EU) 1
New Zealand (OC) 16
Poland (EU) 13
Portugal (EU) 8
Slovakia (EU) 17
South Africa (AF) 15
Surinam (AM) 21

The 20 countries will be divided over five pools by a public draw during the IKF U19 WKC, Saturday 20 April. In the coming weeks the pool draw procedure, pot composition and the tournament set-up will be announced. So, keep a close look at the IKF Website and Social Media Channels.

*Based on the IKF World Ranking of December 31st 2018

 

Launch event logo and communication campaign IKF World Korfball Championship 2019

With just over 6 months to go before the start of the IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 in Durban South Africa, held from 1-10 August, the South African Korfball Federation has launched the WKC event logo.

The launch of the event logo initiates the start of the communication campaign towards the IKF WKC 2019. So from now on it is recommended to carefully watch the IKF Social Media Channels.

The first communication that can be expected from the side of the IKF is the official confirmation of the 20 participating countries in South Africa, in the beginning of February. Before the end of the same month also the announcement of the tournament set-up will be shared, including the pool draw procedure and pot composition.

The WKC pool draw itself shall be done publicly and will be conducted during the IKF Under 19 World Korfball Championship from 19-21 April in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. The exact date and time of the draw will be communicated at a later stage.

IKF PAKC 2018: Suriname and Dominican Republic qualify for the IKF WKC 2019 in Durban

The two places that give access to the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in Durban, South Africa are known: Suriname and Dominican Republic are qualified after Sunday’s last results at the IKF Pan-American Korfball Championship 2018 in Cali, Colombia.

DAY 3 RESULTS (4-March-2018):
9:30h SUR-CRC: 23-3
10:45h COL-ARG 11-7
12:00h DOM-BRA 17-6

FINAL RANKING POOL (after Day 3):

1st – SURINAME (15 pts)
2nd – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (12 pts)
3rd – BRAZIL (9 pts)
4th – COLOMBIA (6 pts)
5th – ARGENTINA (3 pts)
6th – COSTA RICA (0 pts)

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:  worldkorfball.org/competitions/ikf-pan-american-korfball-championship-107

All games were filmed and are now available on www.worldkorfball.org, with all the results, play-by-play, statistics and top scorers. You can also find all these full matches and all the images and photographs on Facebook’s PAKC 2018 official event site: www.facebook.com/events/167074280553769/?active_tab=discussion

As usual, on IKF social media profiles you may find images, videos and other info related to this tournament. Follow it using the hashtag #PAKC2018 on

DAY 3 IMAGES (by Dani E.)

IKF PAKC 2018: Day 3. Suriname secures gold; Brazil and Dominican Republic to contest other medals

The last day at the 2nd IKF Pan-American Korfball Championship 2018 has started. The ‘Coliseo Mundialista’ in Cali will host the last 3 important games still to be played. After yesterday’s games and results, Suriname is leading the ranking with 12 points, followed by Dominican Republic and Brazil, that will play today’s last match. The winner will obtain one of the two places that gives access to the next IKF World Korfball Championship in 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

Yesterday Suriname secured the gold medal and is the first country in the world to qualify for next year’s IKF World Korfball Championship.

These were all the results from Day 2 (3-March-2018):

9:30h ARG-SUR: 8-22
10:45h COL-DOM: 12-19
12:00h BRA-CRC 17-8
17:00h DOM-SUR 9-20
18:15h ARG-CRC 10-9
19:30h COL-BRA 8-11

RANKING POOL (after Day 2):

1st – SURINAME (12 pts)
2nd – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (9 pts)
3rd – BRAZIL (9 pts)
4th – COLOMBIA (3 pts)
5th – ARGENTINA (3 pts)
6th – COSTA RICA (0 pts)

DAY 3 MATCH SCHEDULE (4-March-2018):
9:30h SUR-CRC: 23-3
10:45h COL-ARG 11-7
12:00h DOM-BRA 17-6

 

Tournament schedule:  worldkorfball.org/competitions/ikf-pan-american-korfball-championship-107

[UPDATE] All games were filmed and are now available on www.worldkorfball.org, with all the results, play-by-play, statistics and top scorers. You can also find all these full matches and all the images and photographs on Facebook’s PAKC 2018 official event site: www.facebook.com/events/167074280553769/?active_tab=discussion

As usual, on IKF social media profiles you may find images, videos and other info related to this tournament. Follow it using the hashtag #PAKC2018 on

DAY 3 IMAGES (by Dani E.)

Continental Championships 2018: Africa and the Americas

The year 2018 is the year of the IKF Continental Korfball Championships. Spread over the year all continents will celebrate their championship. An important year for all countries, because apart from ‘just’ competing for the continental title, the continental events are being used as qualification events for the IKF World Korfball Championship (IKF WKC) July/August 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

The first Continental Championship of the year is the IKF Pan-American Korfball Championship (IKF PAKC). This championship will be celebrated in Cali, Colombia. From Friday 2 March until Sunday 4 March the Colombian Korfball Federation is in charge of the organisation of the second edition of the IKF PAKC. With at least five countries participating, the first two teams of the event will automatically qualify for the IKF WKC.

The second Continental Championship of the year is the All Africa Korfball Championship (IKF AAKC). This championship will be celebrated in the city of Chitungwiza – Harare, Zimbabwe. From Friday 27 April until Sunday 29 April the Zimbabwe Korfball Federation is in charge of the organisation of the fourth edition of the IKF AAKC. With two secured places for Africa on the IKF WKC and South Africa being the host of the IKF WKC, only the best African team qualifies for the IKF WKC. In the case of South Africa winning the championship, also the number two of the African Continent will qualify.

The announcement of the other two IKF Continental Championships in 2018; IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship and the IKF European Korfball Championship will follow in a later stadium. Both events will be organised later in the year.

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.

Media attention during the IKF WKC

The 10th IKF World Korfball Championship in Belgium from 30 October till 8 November 2015 attracted massive media attention all over the world.

The IKF website showed record breaking figures. Worldkorfball.org and the IKF WKC matches had even higher figures till around 10,000 per eventday and over 300,000 page views.

Further we received in each of the websites visitors from more than 100 countries all over the world. The top-10 based on absolute numbers is: Netherlands, Belgium England, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong China and Russia. On the places 12 and 13 we have two countries – France and United States of America – without participation in the event.

The IKF WKC final was live on Dutch public TV and attracted around 600,000 extra spectators. Belgian public TV showed the final as well; figures later. Both TV stations showed up in Antwerp with big teams to make side shows as well. And both brought former Dutch and Belgian internationals in as co-commentators. The Dutch had Ms Mady Tims, recent super star. The Belgians had Ms Ilse Poinart. She scored the decisive goal that brought Belgium the World Cup in 1991.

Belgian king Philippe was present in the final as well in the sold out Lotto Arena in Antwerp. He took the time to make a photo with the Belgian team and after the match he handed the World Cup to the captain of the World Champions.

In Chinese Taipei all their home team matches were distributed as well.

In Germany the WDR produced a documentary on the IKF WKC around the German national squad. The reporters were very enthusiastic about the great atmosphere during the whole event.

The IKF WKC underlined that media show interest when there is tension and excitement. The korfball players and the staff did a good job as well.

Kunst and Schilders best players of the WKC

Richard Kunst from the Netherlands and Nikki Schilders from Belgium have been selected by a jury of former national team coaches as most valuable players of the tournament.

Kunst (aged 22) scored 31 goals in the tournament, and with 8 in the final he was of decisive importance in securing the 9th world title for the Netherlands. Schilders (25) scored 16 goals in the tournament and was of all-round importance both in the crucial match against Chinese Taipei and in the final against the Netherlands.

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IKF World Korfball Championship 2019

The 11th IKF World Korfball Championship will take place in South Africa in the city of Durban. The match days are 1 till 10 August  2019. The team managers meeting will take place 31 July.

The IKF WKC 2019 will contain the highest number of participants in the history of korfball. The number of 16 countries during the IKF WKC 2015 in Belgium has grown to 20 participating countries at this year’s edition. The participating countries all have qualified themselves during their Continental Championships in 2018.

Of the initial 20 countries that qualified for the IKF WKC 2019 the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe unfortunately had to withdraw. While also the first reserve of the Americas (Brazil) was not able to step in, the first reserves of Europe (Slovakia) and Asia (Macau China) have been approached as replacements. Both countries happily accepted the invitation.

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