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IKF Friendly International Matches

On 26 June the national senior teams of Belgium and The Netherlands will play a friendly international match in light of the 100-year anniversary of the Royal Belgium Korfball Association. The Royal Belgium Korfball Association, in alignment with the Royal Dutch Korfball Association, requested the IKF to recognise their match as an official friendly international match. All fans around the world can watch and enjoy this game live for free here below or visiting IKF’s Youtube channel (click here).

Like the two mentioned National Federations, all IKF members can request the IKF to recognise a friendly international match against another IKF member country. Organising an official friendly match adds to the status of the match and furthermore can add a limited number of ranking points to the IKF World Ranking. It is therefore that the IKF very much encourage National Federations to officialise their friendly matches and like this increase the visibility and status of the matches that are being played outside of official IKF competition.

To be able to achieve an official status and be registered, friendly matches should be organised and played according to the requirements defined in the Friendly International Match Guidelines. Furthermore, they need to be compliant with the IKF Competition Regulations and the Rules of Korfball.

An official friendly international match can be requested by using the request form, which should be supported by both national federations. All players must be eligible to play according to the IKF Competition Regulations and the referees will be appointed in alignment with the IKF Referee Committee.

IKF World Ranking update (up to 31 December 2019)

After the last IKF official events that took place during the last months of 2019, the IKF World Ranking has been updated. You can check the latest ranking up to 31 December 2019 on the following link: korfball.sport/ranking

 

The ranking criteria as previously published is as follows:

  • The IKF World Ranking 2018 (from 1 July 2018) is based on the revised world ranking criteria 2018, approved by the IKF EXCO in June 2018.
  • Due to the continuously development of  korfball around the globe and the establishment of  the IKF Competition Calendar 2018-2021, an update of the world ranking criteria was required.
  • For the IKF World Ranking, the total number of points of each country is determined by adding:
    1 . The basic points of each country, according to overall participation and development.
    2. The points from IKF National Team Events of each country according to its ranking on IKF official events and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in official IKF National Team Events, according to the classification of each country and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Weights are given to different continental competitions to reflect the prestige of the tournament and to ensure that ratings are comparable across regions.
  • A year weighting is implemented to reward teams for most recent participation and performances and in order to prevent all games over the four-year period from carrying the same weight and receiving the exact same value.
  • If there is a specific qualifying round event for a main World, Continental event, the countries that do not qualify for the final round of a championship will still be given a position according to the final ranking obtained in the qualifying round event and will earn points according to it. The points earned in the qualifying rounds will only be added to the World Ranking when the points of the main event are added.
  • The official IKF World Ranking will be published:
    – immediately after each IKF World Korfball Championship, The World Games and IKF U21 World Korfball Championship;
    – immediately after the last IKF Continental Korfball Championship and IKF U21 Continental Korfball Championship, of the year;
    – in December of each year, with the addition of the Basic Points of that year.

 

Header image (left): Marco Spelten

 

IKF World Ranking update (up to 23 October 2018)

After the last IKF official events that took place during the last months (AOKC 2018,  Beach Korfball WC 2018, ECUP 2019 1st Round and EKC 2018), the IKF World Ranking 2018 has been updated. You can check the latest ranking up to 23 October 2018 visiting the following link: ikf.org/ranking

 

The ranking criteria as previously published is as follows:

  • The IKF World Ranking 2018 (from 1 July 2018) is based on the revised world ranking criteria 2018, approved by the IKF EXCO in June 2018.
  • Due to the continuously development of  korfball around the globe and the establishment of  the IKF Competition Calendar 2018-2021, an update of the world ranking criteria was required.
  • For the IKF World Ranking, the total number of points of each country is determined by adding:
    1 . The basic points of each country, according to overall participation and development.
    2. The points from IKF National Team Events of each country according to its ranking on IKF official events and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in official IKF National Team Events, according to the classification of each country and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Weights are given to different continental competitions to reflect the prestige of the tournament and to ensure that ratings are comparable across regions.
  • A year weighting is implemented to reward teams for most recent participation and performances and in order to prevent all games over the four-year period from carrying the same weight and receiving the exact same value.
  • If there is a specific qualifying round event for a main World, Continental event, the countries that do not qualify for the final round of a championship will still be given a position according to the final ranking obtained in the qualifying round event and will earn points according to it. The points earned in the qualifying rounds will only be added to the World Ranking when the points of the main event are added.
  • The official IKF World Ranking will be published:
    – immediately after each IKF World Korfball Championship, The World Games and IKF U21 World Korfball Championship;
    – immediately after the last IKF Continental Korfball Championship and IKF U21 Continental Korfball Championship, of the year;
    – in December of each year, with the addition of the Basic Points of that year.

IKF World Ranking 2018 update (up to 25-July-2018)

After the IKF U21 WKC 2018, the IKF World Ranking 2018 has been updated. You can check the latest ranking visiting the following link: ikf.org/ranking

The ranking criteria is as follows:

  • The IKF World Ranking 2018 (from 1 July 2018) is based on the revised world ranking criteria 2018, approved by the IKF EXCO in June 2018.
  • Due to the continuously development of  korfball around the globe and the establishment of  the IKF Competition Calendar 2018-2021, an update of the world ranking criteria was required.
  • For the IKF World Ranking, the total number of points of each country is determined by adding:
    1 . The basic points of each country, according to overall participation and development.
    2. The points from IKF National Team Events of each country according to its ranking on IKF official events and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in official IKF National Team Events, according to the classification of each country and the specific weightings, over the last four-year period.
  • Weights are given to different continental competitions to reflect the prestige of the tournament and to ensure that ratings are comparable across regions.
  • A year weighting is implemented to reward teams for most recent participation and performances and in order to prevent all games over the four-year period from carrying the same weight and receiving the exact same value.
  • If there is a specific qualifying round event for a main World, Continental event, the countries that do not qualify for the final round of a championship will still be given a position according to the final ranking obtained in the qualifying round event and will earn points according to it. The points earned in the qualifying rounds will only be added to the World Ranking when the points of the main event are added.
  • The official IKF World Ranking will be published:
    – immediately after each IKF World Korfball Championship, The World Games and IKF U21 World Korfball Championship;
    – immediately after the last IKF Continental Korfball Championship and IKF U21 Continental Korfball Championship, of the year;
    – in December of each year, with the addition of the Basic Points of that year.

IKF World Ranking 2018 (from 1 July)

The IKF World Ranking 2018 (from 1 July) is based on the revised world ranking criteria 2018, approved by the IKF EXCO in June. Due to the continuously development of  korfball around the globe and the establishment of  the IKF Competition Calendar 2018-2021, an update of the world ranking criteria was required.

Link to ranking (.pdf): https://korfball.sport/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/IKF-World-Ranking-2018_07_01.pdf

Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in official IKF events, with a weighting for each event given according the importance of the event. Ranking points earned are weighted less each year, until the next edition of this event is held and the previous edition of the event drops out of the calculations.

Countries who take part in qualifications for a Final Round of an event, for example the IKF European Korfball Championship (EKC) Round 1, are also awarded points like they participated in the main event. Only after finalising all continental events in a certain year a Continental Championship will be taken into account in the World Ranking.