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Pedro Correia shortlisted for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2023!

We are thrilled to announce that Portuguese korfball star, Pedro Correia, has been shortlisted for The World Games Athlete of the Year 2023! This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievements.  

Correia is a true legend of the korfball world. A seasoned athlete with over a decade of experience, he has been an integral part of Team Portugal for many years. His exceptional talent and leadership have made him a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. 

Pedro takes up the baton of other korfball stars such as Ya Wen Lin (TPE), Julie Caluwé (BEL) and Suzanne Struik (NED), candidates in the previous editions. Last year, the player from Chinese Taipei finished in 4th position, just a few points off the podium.

With 62 senior international caps and over 220 goals scored for both Portugal and his club team, Correia’s impact on the sport is undeniable. His most recent achievement was his instrumental role in Portugal’s qualification for The World Games 2025 at the World Korfball Championships 2023. His unwavering dedication and exceptional skills propelled the team to a remarkable performance, securing their spot in the 2025 edition of The World Games which takes place in Chengdu, China. 

Correia has represented Portugal in two previous editions of The World Games, demonstrating his remarkable consistency and commitment to the sport. He made his debut at the 9th World Games in Cali, Colombia, and then showcased his prowess once again at the 11th World Games in Birmingham, USA. 

Beyond his impressive sporting achievements, Correia is also a valued member of the Portuguese korfball community. His leadership qualities and passion for the sport have inspired countless young athletes, contributing to the continued growth and development of korfball. 

We encourage everyone to visit The World Games website and cast their vote for Pedro Correia! Your support could help him bring this prestigious award home to Portugal. 

 

How to vote

The voting will begin at 12:00 GMT on 10th January, 2024. And from 22nd January, 2024 at 12:00 GMT, only the 10 highest ranked candidates at that time will continue in the race. All candidates will re-start with 0 votes.

Link to vote (every 24 hours): click here

Voting ends on 31st January, 2024 at 12:00 GMT.

All korfball fans and supporters around the world can give their votes to their favourite candidate on The World Games website once per 24 hours. Votes must be given each time to two candidates: 2 votes to a first-choice candidate and 1 vote to a second-choice candidate. If a person tries to give votes to one candidate only, the votes will not be registered.

The numbers of votes cast for each candidate will be visible throughout the campaign.

The International World Games Association reminds all voters that they shall act in accordance with fair play in sport. The IWGA will scrutinise the voting process closely, and any anomalies that appear will be investigated.

More information:
– 10/1/2024: Online voting for Athlete of the Year 2023 is open!

The World Games Athlete of the Year 2023: It’s voting time again!

IKF qualification criteria for The World Games 2025

The upcoming IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 in Taipei will be used as the only qualification event for The World Games 2025 (TWG) in Chengdu, China.

There are eight qualification places available for TWG 2025. The framework aims at having 4 Continents representing Korfball at the TWG 2025 out of the five Continents represented in the IKF WKC 2023 – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania. To make this happen, participants from 4 Continents should finish in the top-11 at the IKF WKC 2023.

Therefore, the final ranking at the IKF WKC 2023 decides which National Teams qualify for the TWG 2025, taking into consideration the following criteria:

  1. All qualified teams for the TWG 2025 must participate in the WKC 2023
  2. As host of TWG 2025, CHN must be ranked in top 13 at the WKC 2023 to guarantee the qualification as host of TWG 2025. If CHN does not finish in top 13 of the WKC 2023, a wildcard will be given to be decided by IKF Council vote, taking the interest of quality of the competition, global representation, and marketing impact into account.
  3. If the top 8 ranking, including CHN, consists of participants of at least 4 Continents the top 8 will qualify directly.
  4. If four continents are represented in the Top 11 then
    a. CHN qualifies (if in top 13) but does not count on behalf of Asia
    b. If CHN does not finish in top 13 of the WKC 2023, a wildcard will be given to be decided by IKF Council vote
    c. Considering only Top 11 teams, the highest ranked team from each continent qualify
    d. Starting with the highest ranked team and descending, teams who have not qualified via the steps above are then added until eight places are filled.
  5. If three or two continents are represented in the Top 11 then
    a. CHN qualifies (if in top 13) but does not count on behalf of Asia
    b. If CHN does not finish in top 13 of the WKC 2023, a wildcard will be given to be decided by IKF Council vote
    c. Considering only Top 11 teams, the highest ranked team from each of those continents qualifies
    d. Starting with the highest ranked team and descending, teams who have not qualified via the steps above are then added until eight places are filled.
  6. If only one continent is represented in the Top 11 then
    a. CHN qualifies (if in top 13) but does not count on behalf of Asia
    b. If CHN does not finish in top 13 of the WKC 2023, a wildcard will be given to be decided by IKF Council vote
    c. Starting with the highest ranked team and descending, teams who have not qualified via the step above are then added until eight places are filled.

 

More information:

#WKC2023 ► IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 (IKF event page)

#TWG2025 ► The World Games 2025 in Chengdu (TWG website – official info)

 

Header image: Marco Spelten

Beach Korfball included in 2025 edition of The World Games

The International World Games Association yesterday accepted the proposal of the IKF to include beach korfball as a second korfball discipline in the program of The World Games in 2025 in Chengdu, China. This inclusion implies that apart from (indoor) korfball in an 8v8 format, that has been included in every single edition of The World Games since 1985, also beach korfball will be included in a 4v4 format. The inclusion of beach korfball is a direct consequence of the overall success of our full gender-balanced team sport in the recent editions of The World Games in Birmingham, Wroclaw and Cali, and the successful inaugural edition of the first World Beach Korfball Championship in 2022 in Morocco. In both korfball disciplines, 8 teams will participate.

The IKF is delighted with this decision by the IWGA. IKF President Fransoo: “Beach Korfball has been developing rapidly over the past years. Smaller teams and the ability to play this anywhere, make the discipline accessible to everyone. Moreover, the gender-balanced nature of korfball fit very well with the beach culture. Beach korfball is as fast and dynamic as indoor korfball, but with matches of just 2*8 minutes, and typically many goals being made, a single 90-minute spectator session can easily accommodate 4 matches with all being decisive. Together with the IWGA and the Chengdu organizing committee, we plan to create a festive atmosphere in the beach stadium at TWG 2025. The inclusion of beach korfball will provide an opportunity for many more of the IKF Member countries to qualify for The World Games.”

Korfball features again in the program of  The World Games 2025 in Chengdu

During yesterday’s IWGA Annual General Meeting in Madrid, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International World Games Association unveiled the programme for the 12th edition of the Games. Korfball will continue its appearance since 1985 (the 2nd edition of TWG in London). Since then, korfball has been included has taken part in every edition.

Jan Fransoo reelected for a second term in the ExCo of the IWGA

The president of the International Korfball Federation, Jan Fransoo, was confirmed as Executive Committee member of the International World Games Association for a 2nd term during this IWGA AGM 2023 in Madrid. With 7 candidates for four positions, he received extensive support from the membership, with 23 out of the 31 voting Federations supporting him already in the first round of voting.

José Perurena (ICF) was re-elected as the President,  Tom Dielen (WA) as the new Vice President and Lukas Hinder contniues as the Treasurer. Executive Committee members for the new term: Anna Arzhanova (CMAS), Volker Bernardi (WFDF), Jan Fransoo (IKF), and John Liljelund (IFF).

Header image by Marco Spelten

Netherlands win gold at The World Games 2022

The Netherlands have today (Sunday, Jul 17, 2022) won an tenth consecutive World Games korfball gold medal following victory in today’s final against Belgium in Birmingham, USA.

It was October 2021 during the final of the IKF European Korfball Championship when Netherlands and Belgium last met. The European championship final was spectacular, ending with a narrow victory for Netherlands by four goals [17-21].

Eight months later and the teams meet again in the final of The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, USA. The korfball arena was SOLD OUT for the korfball final at the BJCC East Exhibition Hall – the korfball arena for The World Games creating an electric atmosphere. There wasn’t a spare seat in the house.

Final score [23-12].  Belgium’s Kian AMORGASTE top scored in the game with 5 goals.

Saying goodbye to the world stage  and playing in their last international korfball match is Barbara BROUWER (NED), Julie CALUWE (BEL), Brent STRUYF (BEL) and Jari HARDIES (BEL).

In the end it was a comfortable win for Netherlands. The result means that the Netherlands have now won an eleventh consecutive World Games korfball gold medal. 

Medal Ceremony

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Jan Fransoo, International Korfball Federation President and Anna Arzhanaova, International World Games Association (IWGA) Executive Committee presents the Gold medals and gifts to Team Netherlands.

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Joana Faria, International Korfball Federation Secretary General and Nick Sellers, CEO of the Birmingham Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 presents the Silver medals and gifts to Team Belgium.

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Gabi Kool, International Korfball Federation Executive Vice President and Jay Karsten, COO of the Birmingham Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 presents the Bronze medals and gifts to Team Chinese Taipei

Photo: Marco Spelten – actiefotografie.nl

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Final Ranking – Korfball at The World Games 2022

1st Place – Netherlands
2nd Place – Belgium
3rd Place – Chinese Taipei
4th Place – Germany
5th Place – China
6th Place – Suriname
7th Place – Czech Republic & Portugal

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For the latest information from The World Games search online using the hashtags #WeAreTheWorldGames, #TWG2022 and #Korfball.

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Limited IKF livestream coverage of medal matches

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) continues to provide coverage from The World Games 2022 to fans throughout the world. If you aren’t already, make sure you’re following the official IKF social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Due to the fact that the IKF is not the rightsholder of The World Games footage, there will be livestream restrictions (commonly known as geo-blocking) for certain countries. In countries where TV stations and broadcasters have acquired the rights to The World Games 2022 the IKF unfortunately is not allowed to provide a livestream of the medal matches.

We understand that this is disappointing for fans in the following countries and regions:

Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chad, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Comoros Island, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Mexico, Middle East, Morocco, Nicaragua, North Africa, Oman, Palestinian, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela and Yemen.

If you live in one of the regions impacted you should check with your national broadcaster to see if they will cover the korfball finals.

China v Suriname

Germany v Chinese Taipei

UPDATE: Korfball fans in Germany are able to watch the Bronze medal match Live on Sport1

Netherlands v Belgium

UPDATE: Korfball fans in Belgium will be able to watch the match live on Sporza’s website.

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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Medal winning Team USA recognised at The World Games 2022

Today (Saturday, Jul 16, 2022) we welcomed into the korfball arena at The World Games in Birmingham former international players from the United States Korfball Federation (USKF) who won Bronze at The World Games 1985 in London, Great Britain. 

The USKF 1985 medal winning squad were today each presented with a Recognition of Achievement certificate from the International Korfball Federation.

The USKF was founded in 1975 by Paul Kempff. Current President of USKF, Carl Yerger said: “Our priority now is to support passionate people to play korfball…. Our strategic goal is to support pockets of korfball by fostering it and encouraging its growth”

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U.S. Korfball Team – The World Games 1985 (left to right: Margie Warren, David Warren, Kim Davenport, Rob Kinitt, Joy Gunter, Rob Bell, Mark Scruggs, Sandra Slagther, Chris Frederick, Lori Mezanko-Alexander, Joel Batchelder, Kara Swab, Eric Holmstrom, Kay Kersey).

Team USA qualified for the next two World Games in 1989 and 1993, finishing in 5th place in both.

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Korfball in the USA

Pacific Northwest (PNW) Beach Korfball is the 1st beach korfball club in the USA, founded by a group of basketball players lead by Bill Johnson, based at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Washington

PNW Beach Korfball will be representing the U.S. in the first ‘IKF World Beach Korfball Championship’ in Nador, Morocco on 19 & 20 August 2022 in their first official game. 

They held their first annual PNW Beach Korfball cup in 2021 with former Great Britain international player and coach Steve Barker, and over 50 adult basketball players participated, including players from New York, Oregon, California, Serbia, and the Tibetan Plateau.

Bill Jonson from PNW Beach Korfball said “We are taking things slowly at a pace that’s manageable for us. We would like to let it grow organically & naturally, and make things sustainable. We are now making connections with korfballers all over the world. Eventually, we will make Seattle a nice place to play beach korfball”. 

“While the Olympics is moving towards mixed-gender sports, the coed aspect of beach korfball is the new dynamic that’s going to make social changes with sports like this, I feel cool to be part of korfball”. Ashley Graham.

Find out more about Korfball in the USA by visiting the United States Korfball Federation website.

Photos: Marco Spelten / actiefotografie.nl

TWG 2022 Day 3 – July 15


Welcome to the third day of the korfball competition at The World Games 2022. Today is the final matches in the Group stage. From 13 to 17 July 2022 the World Games 2022 is taking place in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Eight teams are competing for medals at the 11th edition of The World Games.

Below you will find videos, photos and a updates – updated throughout the day.

The Referee and Match Official appointments for Day 3 have been confirmed.

GROUP STAGE FINAL RESULTS AND RANKING:

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China v Germany

The opening game on Day 3 at The World Games was between China and Germany. To secure a place in the semi-final and the possibility to medal Germany had to win.

The match was extremely close in the first period with very little to separate the teams. The defence from both teams was limiting the scoring opportunities.

Germany appeared to be more comfortable on the ball. During the second period Germany managed to open up a four goal lead courtesy of consecutive goals from Lucas WITTHAUS, Anna ORTH, Jan Robert HEMING and Lea SANDER [4-8].

Two additional goals from each team meant Germany went into the halftime break leading [6-10].

In the second half China never threatened, scoring just two goals which at any level is not going to be enough to win. Germany scored a further 8 goals in the second half.

The match ended with an amazing buzzer beater goal from Timon ORTH, a contender for goal of the day, for sure!

Final score [8-18]. Germany’s number 08, Lea SANDER, top scored in the match with 5 goals.

Chinese Taipei v Portugal

Our second match featured Chinese Taipei and Portugal who had so far both won and lost one match in this World Games competition. A win would keep their medal hopes alive…

A game of two halves! Portugal started strong in the first period shooting a high percentage and frustrating Chinese Taipei, limiting their chances which resulted in them taking a [3-5] lead.

Chinese Taipei, encouraged by the support in the arena of Representative Bi-khim Hsiao, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) started to relax and began to convert their chances and went into the half-time break with the score level [7-7]

Taipei made the perfect start to the second half with three quick goals from Shu-Chi CHANG, Han-Sheng CHIU and Cin CHEN which clearly knocked the confidence of the Portuguese team.

From this point forward Chinese Taipei would remain ahead. The match finished [19-11] with Shu-chi Chang top scoring for Taipei in the match with 5 goals.

The result means that Chinese Taipei finished second in Group B and are still within a shot of a medal.

Netherlands v Czech Republic

After the result of the earlier match today team Netherlands have already secured the top position in the group. After two narrow defeats to Chinese Taipei and Portugal, Czech Republic are rooted to the bottom of the group on zero points.

The attention for team Czech Republic is now on their remaining match tomorrow (July 16). At the end of the first period Netherlands had scored 12 to Czech Republic’s four, by halftime the result had been put beyond all doubt [23-8].

In the second half Team Netherlands entered cruise control mode and started to extend their lead scoring several beautiful goals.

Final score [38-11]. Harjan VISSCHER top scored for Team Netherlands with an impressive 9 goals.

Belgium v Suriname

Our final match on Day 3 and of the Group stages is between Team Belgium and Team Suriname.

Before tonight’s match Belgium led the group with four points after their [26-9] win against Germany and [27-11] win over China.

To keep their medal chances alive Suriname must win tonight against Belgium, after yesterday’s narrow loss to Germany.

In the opening five minutes of the first period Team Suriname made life difficult for Belgium, both teams scored two each [2-2].

Team Belgium then stepped up a gear, scoring the next six goals without reply. The defensive pressure was also cranked up by Belgium resulting in several shot clock violations by Suriname and attacks without registering a shot at goal.

At half-time Belgium led [14-3]. The second half produced some great goals from Belgium who knew the match had already been won.

Full-time: Belgium 29-14 Suriname. Belgium’s Stien REYNTJENS top scored in the match with 5 goals.

Belgium will play in the Semi-Final tomorrow against Chinese Taipei.

Image Gallery – Day 3

Full games schedule

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All the korfball matches at The World Games will be available to watch for free on the IKF live streaming service available on www.worldkorfball.sport and the IKF YouTube channel, matches on the final day are also available on The World Games website or on the Olympic Channel.

For the latest information from The World Games search online using the hashtags #WeAreTheWorldGames#TWG2022 and #Korfball.

Match Schedule

You can follow the scores and match information Live through IKF World Korfball data website. The full fixture list is also available here.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association and organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee.

Follow us on social media

We invite you to follow this korfball event 24/7 on IKF social media channels with the best moments, images, videos, highlights and latest information. Feel free to share your moments with us tagging the IKF on your posts and stories!

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TWG 2022 Day 2 – July 14


Welcome to Day 2 of the korfball competition at The World Games 2022. From 13 to 17 July 2022 the World Games 2022 is taking place in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Eight teams are competing for medals at the 11th edition of The World Games.

Below you will find videos, photos and a updates – updated throughout the day.

The Referee / Match Official appointments for Day 2 have been confirmed.

Netherlands v Chinese Taipei

The first match on day 2 of the korfball competition at The World Games 2022 was between the finalists in 2017 World Games, Netherlands and Chinese Taipei.

Netherlands started this game with the level of fierce intensity that simply overpowered the team from Chinese Taipei racing 7-0 lead.

The level of pressure applied in defence by the Netherlands forced Taipei into making several uncharacteristic mistakes. At the end of first Quarter the scoreline was 10-3.

The second period was almost a replica of the first with team Netherlands dominating Taipei all over the court including in the rebound, which allowed the Netherlands multiple attempts to score.

At the halftime break Chinese Taipei trailed by 13 goals [18-5]. In an attempt to change things around Chinese Taipei coach Fang-Yi HSIEH made four substitutes at halftime, entering the match was Chun-Ta CHEN, Tzu-Yao HUANG Ya-Wen LIN and Kai-Yeh LO.

Midway through the second half Netherlands coach Jan NIEBEEK made 6 substitutes bringing on Esther CORDUS, Alwin OUT, Anouk HAARS, Terrenc GRIEMINK, Barbara BROUWER and Jelmer JONKER.

Olav VAN WIJNGAARDEN top scored in the match with 9 goals, but the goal of the game was scored in the last minute by Taipei’s Ya-Wen LIN who scored from distance resulting in the loudest cheers from the crowd in the arena.

Final score [34-18]. Tomorrow the Netherlands take on Czech Republic who pushed Taipei close on the opening day. Chinese Taipei will play Portugal in their last match of the group stage.

Belgium v China

Our second match on Day 2 of the korfball competition at The World Games 2022 was between Belgium and China. Due to the restrictions in China the opportunities to play competitively in recent months has been significantly limited. The lack of top level competition for Team China was clear for all to see.

Both teams traded goals for the opening minutes before Belgium pulled ahead ending the first period [7-3]. The match was effectively won in the second period after Belgium scored a further 10 goals to China’s 2.

Belgium scored some beautiful goals which was fully appreciated by the audience, many of whom were watching korfball for the first time. Halftime [17-5] in favour of Belgium.

Several substitutions were made in the second half by China in an attempt to inject some fresh legs and more energy, unfortunately the changes were unable to stop the Diamonds (Belgium) from scoring a further 10 goals.

Belgium’s Kian AMORGASTE top scored in the game with 8 goals.

Final score 27-11.

Germany v Suriname

The third match today was a must win match for Germany after their [26-9] defeat by Belgium on day one. If Suriname won they would be guaranteed a top four finish.

The match was highly competitive from the moment referee Lukas Pazourek (CZE) whistled to start the game to the full-time signal.

For the majority of the match neither team were able to assert their dominance on the game. Both teams fought for every ball and gave maximum effort, resulting in a physically competitive match.

There was little to separate the teams during the first half. Halftime [11-9] in favour of Germany.

Vladimir SLOT who top scored for Suriname scored twice in quick succession in the third period to level the scores at 15-15.

Pascal DEMUTH won and converted the resulting penalty to put Germany back into the lead [16-15] with 29 minutes played. Germany would remain ahead for the remainder of the match.

Final score; [ 24-22] in favour of Germany. Gerald VAN DIJK top scored in the match for Suriname with 7 goals. Germany’s Anna ORTH was the female top goal scorer with 6 goals.

On day three of the competition Germany will take on China, with Suriname taking on the No.2 ranked team in the World, Belgium.

Portugal v Czech Republic

Our final match on Day 2 was a must win for both teams after both recorded defeats on the opening day of the competition. On the first day Portugal lost to current World Games champions the Netherlands [29-13] and Czech Republic went down [21-17] to Chinese Taipei.

This was a crucial match, victory today would mean they remained in contention for a medal at The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, Alabama.

It was pleasing to see Portugal’s Tiago Miguel Castro Vasconcelos Luz return to the starting line up after an injury scare in the previous day’s game.

The match was full of passion and intensity, not just from the players on the court, but from the Coaches and substitutes on the bench.

The action was non-stop and end-to-end, with very little to separate the teams. At the end of the first period Portugal were ahead 6-4, and went into the halftime break [10-9].

Portugal briefly went 5 goals clear during the second half thanks to goals from Isabel ALMEIDA, Tiago Miguel CASTRO VASCONCELOS LUZ and Inês SANTOS before a comeback from Czech Republic reduced their deficit to two goals.

Final score [16-13] to Portugal.

Full games schedule

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All the korfball matches at The World Games will be available to watch for free on the IKF live streaming service available on www.worldkorfball.sport and the IKF YouTube channel, matches on the final day are also available on The World Games website or on the Olympic Channel.

For the latest information from The World Games search online using the hashtags #WeAreTheWorldGames#TWG2022 and #Korfball.

Day 2 Image Gallery

Match Schedule

You can follow the scores and match information Live through IKF World Korfball data website. The full fixture list is also available here.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association and organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee.

Follow us on social media

We invite you to follow this korfball event 24/7 on IKF social media channels with the best moments, images, videos, highlights and latest information. Feel free to share your moments with us tagging the IKF on your posts and stories!

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TWG 2022 Day 1 – July 13


The korfball competition at The World Games 2022 has started! From 13 to 1 7 July 2022 the World Games 2022 is taking place in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Eight team are competing for medals at the 11th edition of The World Games.

The Referee / Match Official appointments for Day 1 have been confirmed.

These are the reviews of all games being played today:

Belgium v Germany

The opening match of The World Games 2022 was between Belgium and Germany with both teams scoring goals in the first few minutes. After 6 minutes the scoreboard showed 3-3. In the second period Belgium stamped their authority on the match with nine unanswered goals meaning they went into the half-time break leading 12-3.

Belgium Head Coach Detlef Elewaut made substitutions throughout the second half to give all the squad court time.

In the stands watching the match was International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Mr Thomas Bach.  Read more about the visit of the IOC President here

Team Germany improved in the second half scoring 6 additional goals, however Belgium were too strong, winning with a final score of 26-9.

Belgium’s Lars COURTENS top scored in the match with 5 goals with Julie CALUWE scoring 4 of her own.  You can watch the match back here.

Netherlands v Portugal

The Netherlands started their World Games 2022 campaign with a 29-13 win over Portugal.

Both teams started slowly with the scores close for the majority of the first half, mainly as a result of Netherlands missing several penalty shots. At half-time Portugal trailed by 7.

Netherlands made a spectacular start to the second half scoring seven before Portugal’s Hugo FERNANDES scored from distance.

Netherlands No.19 Jelmer JONKER top scored in the match with 7 goals, with Esther CORDUS top scoring with 4 of her own.

Next up for Netherlands is Chinese Taipei, and for Portugal they take on Czech Republic.

Chinese Taipei v Czech Republic

Chinese Taipei exploded out of blocks racing into a [5-0] lead with goals from Ya-Wen LIN, Chun-Hsien WU, Cin CHEN and Chun-Ta CHEN. It took 9 minutes before Czech Republic scored courtesy of Petr GALICEK [5-1].

At the end of the 1st Quarter, Chinese Taipei appeared to be in full control of the match. However Team Czech were not done just yet. In the second period they improved in all areas on the court, stepping up their defence, cutting out small mistakes. With 1 minute 18 seconds remaining in the half, Chinese Taipei’s advantage had been reduced to a single goal [10-9].

Half-time. [11-10]

Both teams continued to trade goals when play resumed. It was [13-13] after just four minutes of the second half. During the third period both teams made a number of substitutions in an attempt to break the deadlock. 

The atmosphere within the arena was superb, the spectators knew that they were in for an exciting finish. What a match!

With just over 5 minutes remaining Chinese Taipei were still ahead [17-15]. Both Coaches called Time-Outs in an attempt to focus their players and provide final instructions. However, for Team Czech it was too late and time ran out. Final score [21-17]

China v Suriname

What a match! China and Suriname put on a show in the last match on Day 1 of The World Games. 

It was a high intensity match from the referee’s first whistle, with very little to separate the teams.. It was the team from South America who went into the Quarter 1 break ahead by two goals, with Suriname’s Vladimir SLOT scoring three of the team’s 6 goals.

The scoreboard was at 10-10 within just over 1 minute to go in the first half! Both teams were giving it everything. It was a real edge of your seat game, with the teams trading goals throughout the second Quarter.

Two quick goals from Xiaoxi CHEN in the last few seconds of the half meant that China went into the half-time break leading by two [12-10].

We are not exactly sure what was said by Suriname coach Riko KRUIT during half-time, but it certainly had an impact. Suriname scored 8 goals in the third quarter and their defence managed to keep China to just two goals. [14-18].

The momentum was now firmly with Team Suriname who continued to dominate in the Final quarter. China attempted to come back into the game with a few nice moves, but it was too little too late.  Suriname won the final quarter, and the match [19-25], which meant the celebrations could begin! 

All teams are back in action tomorrow with their second group match. Suriname takes on Germany, and China will line-up against Belgium.

Full games schedule

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All the korfball matches at The World Games will be available to watch for free on the IKF live streaming service available on www.worldkorfball.sport and the IKF YouTube channel, matches on the final day are also available on The World Games website or on the Olympic Channel.

For the latest information from The World Games search online using the hashtags #WeAreTheWorldGames#TWG2022 and #Korfball.

Day 1 Image Gallery:

Credits: Marco & Jenna Spelten – korfbalfoto.nl

Match Schedule

You can follow the scores and match information Live through IKF World Korfball data website. The full fixture list is also available here.

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The World Games 2022 pool draw live on Youtube (updated)

The pool draw for The World Games 2022 Korfball competition will take place next Saturday, February 26th, at 16:00 CET, live from PKC Sports Hall in the Netherlands. The draw will be streamed live via Youtube.com/ikfchannel on the following link: https://youtu.be/wd7G71Yxocw

The eight countries qualified for TWG 2022 after the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019 in order of the current World Ranking are:

1. The Netherlands
2. Belgium
3. Chinese Taipei
4. China
5. Germany
6. Portugal
7. Czech Republic
8. Suriname

UPDATE 26/2/2022 (16:30h): The groups are known

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The dates for Korfball in the official sports program schedule are 13 – 17 July 2022.

More info & tickets: www.twg2022.com – Official website of The World Games 2022

Event info: korfball.sport/event/the-world-games-2022