Referees appointed for the IKF World Korfball Championship final

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) has appointed Steve JONES from Wales and Kris MEEUS from Belgium as the referees for the final match of the IKF World Korfball Championship between Chinese Taipei and Netherlands. The gold medal match will take place on 29 October 2023 starting at 2.45pm  

Megan FREDERICKSON (AUS) and Pradeep DAHIYA (IND) have both been appointed as assistant/reserve referees. 

Jones and Meeus impressed throughout the championship with their individual performances and during the Suriname – Portugal where they worked together as a duo.  

Steve Jones who referees in the England Korfball League took charge of the last World Championship final held in Durban, South Africa in 2019, and the 2011 final in Shaoxing, China. 

Jones recently took charge of several other major international finals including most recently the IKF Champions League final in February 2023 that took place in Delft, Netherlands which featured Korfbal League sides Fortuna/Delta Logistiek and PKC/Vertom . Jones’ experience makes him an ideal choice for this high-profile match where for the first time in history a team from outside of Europe will feature. 

Kris Meeus was appointed to the IKF referee list in 2014 and referees in the Belgium NDN Topleague took charge of the final in 2023 between Borgerhout/GW and Boeckenberg. 

The final match of the IKF World Korfball Championship is expected to be a thrilling contest with Chinese Taipei having the home court advantage and the vocal support of the city of Taipei inside the Taipei Gymnasium.  

The Netherlands, who have won the championship ten times, will be looking to add another title to their impressive record. Chinese Taipei, on the other hand, will be hoping to win their first-ever championship title. 


Fans can watch matches on the final day live onto the IKF YouTube channel, they will also be available to watch live and for free at or on the Olympics app. The Olympic Channel is the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s digital destination. 

Coverage will start 15 minutes before the start of the match with a pre-match studio programme which will include interviews, analysis and discussion. You don’t want to miss it! 

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Jones appointed to final of The World Games 2022

Steve Jones (GBR) has been appointed as the referee for the final of The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, USA, between Belgium and Netherlands.

On Sunday (Jul, 17 2022) at 2pm (GMT-5) the final of the International World Games Association korfball competition will take place between Belgium and Netherlands at the BJCC Convention Center in Birmingham, Alabama.

Great Britain referee Steve Jones, was first appointed as an IKF referee in 2003 and has taken charge of multiple international finals in recent years including the European Championship final in 2018 and 2021, and the World Championships final in 2011 and 2019.

Steve will be assisted in Sunday’s final by Carlos Faria (POR) as assistant referee, and Dan-Lin Haung (TPE) and Lukas Pazourek (CZE) as reserve referees.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and over 100 countries will take part in The World Games.

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