IKF and MIKASA renew sponsor partnership

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) and Mikasa Corporation are delighted to announce the renewal of their long-lasting partnership. A relationship that already exceeds two decades.

IKF and MIKASA have collaborated in the development of korfball, in particular with a continued development by MIKASA in match balls of the highest quality, and a distribution structure that provides increasing global access.

An important part of the agreement is that the MIKASA K5 shall remain the IKF’s official ball. This means that the MIKASA K5 will continue to retain its exclusive status at all IKF events and IKF development activities. The extensive positive experiences of athletes worldwide with the MIKASA K5, both at elite and at grassroots levels, has played an important role for the IKF in extending the partnership.

Mr Jan Fransoo, IKF president is extremely happy with the new agreement: “We value the long-term relationship with a quality brand like MIKASA. The excellent characteristics of the K5 ball and the support of many years provided by MIKASA to the IKF events and development activities provide us with confidence of further growth in the years to come. We would like to thank Mr Saeki for the confidence placed in the IKF with the extension of our partnership.”

Mr Yuji Saeki, President and CEO of Mikasa Corporation comments: “Mikasa Corporation is extremely honoured with the extension of our partnership with IKF and with the opportunity to contribute to their korfball events as well as the long-term growth of korfball in the world.”

The IKF is looking forward to further collaboration with MIKASA for many more years to come!

* Mikasa Corporation is a Japanese sports equipment and athletic goods company that is specialised in equipment for ball games. The balls manufactured by MIKASA for sports football, korfball, basketball, volleyball, waterpolo and handball are often used for official matches, games and competitions.

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

The World Games: great opportunity for korfball

The World Games 2017 is around the corner! The 10th edition of the Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland. The Korfball event will start 21 July and the finals will be played on 25 July.

The World Games are a big multi sports event and are a great opportunity to show korfball to a big crowd and accent the unique characteristics of the sport. This can be very helpful for the development of korfball in general and coming closer to the Olympic dream.

Former World Games sport Rugby made it to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Baseball/Soft­ball will be present in Tokyo 2020. Earlier, The World Games sports Badminton, Triathlon and Taekwondo became Olympic sports in 2000 and Beach Volleyball in 1996. Dance Sport will be on the programme of the Youth Olympics 2018 as well as Karate and Sport Climbing. IWGA President José Perurena states it clear: “The World Games are a stepping stone to the Olympics.”

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell says: “As we look for getting more flex­ibility into the programme of the Olympic Games in the future, certainly The World Games is one of the areas we are looking to observe, see the sports, see them per­formed at a very high level and with the best athletes in those sports. Obviously we are looking for sports that bring a real value to the programme.”

Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, has confirmed that he will be present at The World Games Opening Ceremony in Wroclaw on 20th July 2017. In his letter to IWGA President José Perurena, the IOC President states that he will also attend several sports events during his stay. It will not be the first time that Dr. Bach attends an Opening Ceremony of The World Games. He was also present at the opening of The World Games 2013 in Cali/ Colombia, together with Jacques Rogge, his predecessor in office. Thomas Bach was Vice President of the IOC at that time.

International Korfball Federation appoints Tilbert La Haye as CEO

The International Korfball Federation has appointed Mr Tilbert La Haye as its CEO. Mr La Haye (39) is from Delft (Netherlands) and will start leading the IKF’s operations from June 1, 2016. The appointment follows approval of the IKF growth strategy by the organization’s General Meeting last November, and the subsequently started recruitment process for the IKF’s first CEO.

Mr La Haye has degrees in Physical Education and Organization and Management. He has worked as a sports teacher, professional korfball coach, and as project manager for major elite and grass roots sports events in the Netherlands, Spain, and Colombia. He joins the IKF from the City of The Hague, where he has been employed as a Senior Consultant in the Department of Sports.

IKF President Jan Fransoo: “We are very pleased with Tilbert La Haye joining our organization. He will have a key responsibility in enhancing the professionalism in the support processes in our office to increase the quality of service to the IKF volunteers and the national korfball associations, and ensuring the realization of our strategic initiatives. These include the rapid growth of korfball4 with a major event or event series on the beach or on hard court, and the initiation of a management development program for our national organizations. His enthusiasm, energy, and experience will be a major driving force for the growth of korfball”.

Tilbert La Haye: “In the last 10 years I have been involved in different levels of korfball development and performance. Everywhere I came, from Asia to South America and Europe, I was surprised by the enormous passion that people have for korfball. This passion and the great potential I see in korfball to grow, are the main reasons I take on this challenge. A great honor! I specially look forward to work together with all 67 national federations of the IKF to help to develop korfball to a stronger and more professional sport with the Olympic Games as a final destination.”




IKF Europa Cup 2016: Day 1

The 50th IKF Europa Cup started with four matches and the opening ceremony.

The 1st goal in the 1st match was scored in the 1st minute by Hilal Karas from the Turkish champion Marmara University Sport Club. The match against the French champion, FJEP Bonson, was close till minute 45 when Marmara took a five point lead. The end result was 19-13 in favour of Marmara.

In the 2nd match the Polish champion, UKK WUM Warsawa, met the English champion, Trojans. The Polish team took a fast 1-4 lead but at 5-5 the English team repaired the gap. The scoring was high. After 7 minutes the scoreboard showed 6-5. At half time, after 25 minutes, 33 goals were scored (23-10 in favor of Trojans). In the 2nd half another 32 goals were scored and the English showed their commitment. The end result was 42-23.

Match 3 brought CK Vallparadis, Catalonia against 1908 SZAC Budapest – playing out of competition, as replacement after the late withdrawal of he Russian team – in the field. Vallparadis took the lead and extended the lead till 14-7 at half time. In minute 33 the score was 16-9 and fully unexpected 14 minutes later the score was 17-16; with 3 minutes to go! In the last 3 minutes the Catalan team managed to secure the win; 19-17.

After the opening ceremony the Hungarian champion, Szentendre, and the German champion, Pegasus, competed. It was a close match most of the 2 * 25 minutes. Both teams were in the lead and the spectators saw good level of play. At half time the score was 9-10 in favour of Pegasus. The Germans took after 10-10 the lead and were during the remainder of the second half at the good side of the scoring. At the final whistle Pegasus won by 4; 17-21. The referee was Paul Jeanes (ENG). This IKF Europa Cup is his final international event as referee.

These are the final results of today’s matches in the 50th IKF Europa Cup 2016:


Day 2 Game Schedule (Thursday, 14th January, 2016)


Direct links to follow and watch in live streaming all Day 2 matches:

At 11:20 (CET) BONSON FJEP (FRA) – UKK WUM Warszawa (POL)–1820

At 13:10 (CET) Brno KK (CZE) – CK Assessoria Vallparadis (CAT)

At 15:00 (CET) NC Benfica (POR) – Trojans KC (ENG)

At 16:50 (CET) Boeckenberg KC (BEL) – Marmara University Sport Club (TUR)

At 18:40 (CET) PKC/SWKGroep (NED) – SG Pegasus (GER)–1823

At 20:30 (CET) Szentendrei Korfbal Klub (HUN) – 1908 SZAC KSE (HUN)

You can follow and watch all games with live stats and all players info in

To discover and enjoy the last images, captions and updated information of the tournament, visit and follow IKF social media profiles on and

DAY 1 IMAGE GALLERY: Photos by (c) Marco Spelten – IKF Official Photographer













































Dutch Korfballleague finals live on the Internet

Saturday 5 April 2014 the finals of the Dutch korfball league will be played in AHOY, Rotterdam. In close cooperation with KNKV and the Dutch public Tv we will be able to live webcast the matches with a native English speaker in the sports venue AHOY.

The matches will be published thru the ikfchannel on YouTube. The links will be published on the IKF and KNKV websites

The matches start (Amsterdam time):
1630 PM : Fortuna/MHIR – Dalto/
1900 PM : TOP/ – PKC/Hagero

We will have 2 streams for each of these matches. One with a Dutch speaker and one with an English speaker.

Photos by, Erik Mulder


Tomorrow, Tuesday 7 January 2014, 1100 AM Central European Time the new event website will be live. Just follow the link:

IKF and Mikasa agree renewed ball agreement

Following detailed discussions, the International Korfball Federation (IKF) and the Mikasa Corporation have agreed a new four-year sponsorship agreement for the provision of international match balls.

Under the agreement, for four years from 1 January 2014 all major IKF events will be played with the Mikasa K5-IKF as the international standard match ball. This agreement replaces the previous four-year agreement between the two, which expired on 31 December 2013.

IKF Senior Vice-President Frans Walvis said both parties are happy to continue their long-standing association. “Both Mikasa and IKF strive to achieve the maximum quality in what we do. Korfball benefits from the high quality product that Mikasa delivers. For the past four years, the Mikasa K5-IKF, which was a bold step forward from previous ball designs, has helped project korfball as a unique, dynamic and innovative sport. Our players appreciate and enjoy the handling characteristics and aesthetics of the ball, which quickly became an integral part of our sport’s image. “We are delighted that Mikasa has agreed to continue the relationship, and we look forward to working together to further enhance korfball as a sporting and spectator experience,” he said.

“Mikasa Corporation is exceedingly honoured in being able to renew the contract and its partnership with IKF, supporting their international korfball events and promoting the growth of the sport of korfball all over the world by providing all the people the right products for the sport”, Mikasa announced.

Revised IKF Competition Regulations published

As of 1 January 2014 the revised IKF Competition Regulations are valid. The revised IKF Competition Regulations 2014 are published under ‘Documents’ in the ‘Document Library’.

Draft rules for Beach Korfball

At its recent Congress – 25 and 26 October 2013 – held in Lisbon (POR) the IKF announced that it will, in the coming months, be rolling out draft rules for different korfball disciplines.

The first of these sets of rules are the Rules for Beach Korfball. Designed to be played 3 vs 3 at the highest level, or 4 vs 4 at recreation level, the game is expected to be played with a field size of 18 m x 9 m or 20 m x 10 m, no halfway line, two posts set in from the ends like the traditional variant of the game and in four quarters of 2 1/2 minutes . Teams will consist of 3 male and 3 female players and unlimited substitutions will be allowed.

The IKF member countries are being encouraged to try out these new draft rules and feed back their experiences so that a final set of rules can be put in place by the end of 2014.

Under ‘Documents‘ and ‘Playing Rules‘ these Draft Rules for Beach Korfball are published.


After Korfball Challenge fun video

The speaker during the 2013 KNKV Korfball Challenge in Rotterdam (NED), Ivan Karstens, has more capacities. He is an artist!