Draw confirms pool composition for IKF World Korfball Championship 2019

Following the draw on Saturday 20 April, the pool composition of the IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 held from 1-10 August in Durban (South Africa) has been confirmed. The draw was webcasted live across multiple media platforms.

The draw of the IKF WKC 2019 has split the 20 teams participating in the event into five first-round pools (*) of four teams each. The five pools for the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 are:


The top three teams from each pool and the highest ranked fourth-placed team, qualify for the Round of 16 (*) and compete for the Championship title. The remaining four countries will play each other in a round-robin format to decide their position in the final ranking (position 17-20).

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All WKC matches will be live-streamed through IKF YouTube channel. For more information about the event, go to or keep an eye on the IKF Social Media channels:
Instagram: @korfball_org
Twitter: @korfball

IKF U19 WKC 2019: Day 1 Review

Day 1 of the IKF U19 WKC 2019, held from 19-21 April in ‘t Kalverdijkje, Leeuwarden, has come to an end. Today all the group matches and the opening ceremony were scheduled.

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Tomorrow, all the quarter and semifinals will be played for the top two and the two highest ranked third countries. The remaining four countries start to play their matches in the round-robin format.
Moving on to the quarterfinals are The Netherlands, Germany, Chinese Taipei, Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, England and the Czech Republic.
Moving on to the round robin format are Catalonia, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong China.
Tomorrow’s match schedule can be found at the U19 WKC event page.

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Don’t miss any of the matches by following the live streams on worldkorfball.orgthe IKF Social Media channels and via the hashtags #U19WKC and #korfball:
Instagram: @korfball_org
Twitter: @korfball

Photos by Marco Spelten and Gertrude de Vries – –

IKF U19 WKC match schedule finalised after withdrawal of Morocco

Due to unexpected VISA problems, the team of Morocco had to withdraw their participation for the IKF U19 WKC 2019 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Despite of multiple initiatives from within Morocco and support from the International Korfball Federation and the Dutch umbrella organisation for sports NOC*NSF it has not been possible to acquire the requested VISA on time.

A very unfortunate and painful situation for the Moroccan Federation and even more for the players of the Under 19 National Moroccan team who seriously prepared for this event.

The withdrawal of Morocco means that the tournament now continues with 12 countries. The adjusted match schedule can be found at the IKF U19 WKC event page.


Participants IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019 known

From 20 to 25 May the IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship (AOKC) is being held in Shaoxing, China. Today, the IKF announces the countries who will be participating in Shaoxing. This tournament functions as a qualification for the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2020 in Chinese Taipei. Which positions in the final ranking equal qualification will be announced later.

At the IKF U21 AOKC, six countries will be participating to become the U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Champion. These countries are:

  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong China
  • New Zealand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

The games can be followed through the live scores on

Dot Sport new domain name IKF websites

The International Korfball Federation (IKF), has decided to acquire a new domain name portfolio for its websites; “.sport” The .sport Internet extension replaces the .org domain and is a project of the Sport community.

Effectively this means that the domain name of the three current IKF websites have been amended:

  • Main IKF website with all organisational and general korfball information
  • IKF tournament website with tournament information, statistics and live streams
  • IKF beach korfball website with all information about beach korfball (events)

The project is entrusted to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), who manages and operates the whole project. GAISF, established in 1967, is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations. GAISF includes 92 full members (international sports federations; including the IKF) and 17 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations). GAISF’s mission is to support, promote and serve its members and the global sport community by providing services in various fields, including digital development.

In the crowded and complex world of the internet, the use of a .sport domain gives the IKF a greater degree of visibility and searchability and, because of the criteria applied by GAISF, confers approval and membership of an exclusive community. Possessing a unique and identifiable domain is a symbol of each organisation’s trust, authenticity and visibility within the sports movement, and offers successful applicants a significant brand-building tool with increased commercial opportunities.

Since the launch of the. sport initiative in September, when GAISF officially began accepting applications, over 200 organisations have registered for a domain. This includes major events organisers, brands, broadcasters, media outlets as well as other International Sport Federations.

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.

Bonson (France) host city Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2019

The IKF is happy to announce that the next edition of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2019 will be hosted in Bonson, France.

The event will take place in the weekend of 6 and 7 July 2019 and subscription is open for all countries around the world. Just like the last years the event will consist of a Senior and U19 category. The best ranked European team in both categories will become European Beach Korfball Champion 2019.

Decisive in granting the organisation of the event to the Fédération Korfbal France (FKF) is the fact that the FKF is getting full support of the municipality of Bonson. From the beginning of the bidding process the municipality showed great ambition and willingness to host the event within its borders. Bonson is located in the heart of the Loire department in the beautiful Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region close to Saint-Etienne. With the presence of the oldest korfball club in France, FJEP Bonson (founded in 1983) it is clear that the city already knows the power of korfball.

With the introduction of the Beach Korfball World Cups last year, the IKF invests in the global development of beach korfball. Every continent now has the opportunity to organise a World Cup. It is more than likely that in 2019 another Beach Korfball World Cup will take place in the continent of Asia. Confirmation of this event is expected before the end of the year.


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Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) awarded the IKF Pin of Merit

Just before the start of the medal ceremony of the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship in Budapest, Krisztina Kövessyné Pogány (HUN) was awarded with the IKF Pin of Merit.

Over the last decade the Hungarian Korfball Association has organised multiple successful IKF events, including: (U21) EKC Final Round, EKC First Round and Club events. Ms Kövessyné Pogány has had a leading role in most of these events and always has been able to combine outstanding organisational skills with a warm and emphatic communication style, doing the utmost to make the participating countries and involved officials happy.

On behalf of the IKF Council, Tilbert La Haye (IKF CEO) presented her the well deserved IKF distinction.

IKF appoints Geke Maat as IKF administrative and project officer

The International Korfball Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of Geke Maat (23) as IKF administrative and project officer. She will support the operational organisation of the IKF Office in Zeist, The Netherlands.

Her tasks will be multiple, including administrative tasks, IKF Office communication and coordinating the IKF tournaments organisation. Furthermore, she will think along how to increase the support of the IKF to our member countries.

Geke just graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance (political sciences). Her thesis focused on the influence of sport on the social integration of refugee living in refugee shelters in The Netherlands. One year earlier, she obtained a bachelor in Anthropology, also at the University of Amsterdam.

Geke Maat: “I am very excited about working at the IKF and the prospect of contributing to the organisation’s goals. I am particularly interested in broadening the popularity and professionalism of korfball in the current member states, as well as in future member states. Sport has always been one of my key interests, both in my education and my personal life. Therefore, I am grateful that I can pursue this interest in my career outside university. I have been playing korfball myself since I was four years old, so I know the sport thoroughly.”

The IKF is very happy to have Geke on board and wishes her all the best within the organisation!

Amendment IKF U21 World Korfball Championship tournament schedule

The IKF regrets to announce the amendment of the IKF U21 WKC tournament schedule, due to the late and unexpected withdrawal of the U21 Dominican Republic squad.

The National Korfball Federation of Dominican Republic (FEKORD) just informed the IKF that, despite of earlier affirmation of their national government, the necessary funding is missing to make the trip to Europe and participate in the IKF U21 WKC in Budapest, Hungary. A sad and unfortunate decision for the talented Dominican team and of course the other participating countries.

There will be no replacement of the Dominican Republic team. With just over a month to go until the start of the event it is not possible to find a (competitive) replacement. This means that the tournament will be played with 11 instead of 12 participants.

Please find underneath the final tournament composition. The exact tournament match schedule you can find at the event information. The IKF is confident that with the confirmed countries a successful U21 WKC event will take place.


1 NED Netherlands TPE Chinese Taipei
2 BEL Belgium GER Germany
3 ENG England CHN China
4 CZE Czech Republic POR Portugal
5 HKG Hong Kong China HUN Hungary
6 Withdrawal DOM Dominican Republic TUR Turkey