Korfball in the World Games


The World Games 2017 Korfball match schedule

The match schedule for the World Games korfball from 21 – 25 July 2017 is published. The World Games will be the major korfball event in 2017.

The first korfball match will be Chinese Taipei versus Germany 1330 PM (UTC/GMT + 1) in the WKK Sport Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

The Netherlands is the reigning champion since the previous World Games in 2013 in Cali, Colombia.

China and the host Poland will be first time in the World Games korfball event.

The complete match schedule is:

World Games Match schedule korfball
Friday 21/07 13:30 – 14:45 TPE GER
15:15 – 16:30 NED CHN
19:00 – 20:15 POL GBR
20:45 – 22:00 BEL AUS
Saturday 22/07 13:30 – 14:45 CHN AUS
15:15 – 16:30 TPE GBR
19:00 – 20:15 NED BEL
20:45 – 22:00 POL GER
Sunday 23/07 13:30 – 14:45 AUS NED
15:15 – 16:30 BEL CHN
19:00 – 20:15 GBR GER
20:45 – 22:00 POL TPE
Monday 24/07 13:30 – 14:45 4A 3B
15:15 – 16:30 4B 3A
19:00 – 20:15 2A 1B
20:45 – 22:00 1A 2B
Tuesday 25/07 11:00 – 12:15 place 7 or 8
13:00 – 14:15 place 5 or 6
17:00 – 18:15 place 3 or 4
19:00 – 20:15 place 1 or 2
Medal ceremony


During the International Korfball Federation Executive Committee meeting on 14 January 2017, the IKF Exco made a draw to establish the pools for the World Games Korfball Event to be held from 21 to 25 July 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

The World Games is the most important korfball event in the IKF’s 2017 calendar.

The result of the draw is:

1. The Netherlands Chinese Taipei
2. Belgium Great Britain
3. China Germany
4. Australia Poland

The teams in all four lines were drawn with each set of two teams based on the IKF Ranking from 1 January 2017; CLICK HERE.

Worthwhile to mention, the eternal rivals The Netherlands and Belgium will already meet in the pool phase.

The Netherlands is the current holder of the World Games Korfball title following the last event held in Cali, Colombia in 2013.

The IKF will publish the match schedule for this World Games Korfball event before 15 May 2017.


IOC Recognizes Importance of The World Games

LAUSANNE (19/4/2016) The International World Games Association (IWGA) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed on a new Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday. IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach and President José Perurena of the IWGA signed this important agreement about mutual support during the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne. This document supersedes the previous Memorandum of Understanding dated 27 October 2000.

The MoU underlines the closer cooperation between the IOC and the IWGA which was set out in Recommendation 6.1 of Olympic Agenda 2020. This states “…the IOC and the International World Games Association (IWGA) to closely cooperate regarding the sports programme composition and their respective evaluations.” The new agreement confirms that “the IOC recognises the importance of The World Games as a multi-sport event and the IWGA is committed to develop its activities in the Olympic spirit and in conformity with the Olympic Charter.”

The MoU explains the principles of how this overall cooperation can be further developed. One of these principles is that the IWGA accepts that only events that are not on the programme of the Olympic Games can be included in the programme of The World Games (TWG). The IWGA shall also ensure that only sports whose International Federations are recognised by the IOC or are already members of the IWGA will be included in the official sports programme of TWG.
The IOC agrees to grant patronage to Organising Committees of The World Games and to provide technical assistance. This means for example that the IOC and the IWGA shall explore possibilities of closer cooperation on their respective communication, promotion and marketing programmes. Furthermore, the IOC will provide its expertise and help to promote IWGA’s activities within the Olympic Movement and encourages the NOCs to support and assist their national multi-sport delegations taking part in TWG.

Part of the agreement signed on Tuesday is the assurance: “The IWGA shall continue to develop a close working relationship with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to facilitate education and testing programs, and doping controls conducted at The World Games according to the World Anti-Doping Code.”

IWGA President José Perurena said after the signing ceremony: “This Memorandum of Understanding tremendously enhances the status of The World Games. Working in cooperation with the IOC is essential for us to raise the level of competition and organization of our Games. I want to thank IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach for his enormous support and for working with on this document. It proves that we are a real part of the Olympic movement and a member of the Olympic family.”

The World Games 2017: Who has qualified? (update)

(updated 8 November 2015) The IKF had drastically changed the qualification criteria for the World Games 2017 (TWG 2017), such that a better global balance would be attained while retaining the quality of the event.

In the qualification procedure, Poland had been qualified automatically as host country, while any non-European country would qualify if it would finish in the top-11 of the IKF WKC 2015. The remaining countries would be the top European countries.

Catalonia has declined the opportunity to take part, as Catalonia is not an IOC-recognized country. As in the past, if England would qualify, they would enter the World Games representing Great Britain.

(9 November 2015). The following eight countries qualified:

1. Poland (host country)

2. China (non-European country reaching WKC top 8; 7th place)

3. Chinese Taipei (non-European country reaching WKC top 8; bronze medal)

4. Australia (non-European country finishing 11th place)

The remaining countries in the World Games 2017 will be from Europe. These include the four remaining highest finishers in this IKF WKC:

5. The Netherlands

6. Belgium

7. England

8. Germany


World Games 2017 qualification criteria

The International World Games Association (IWGA) awarded the next World Games in July 2017 to Wroclaw in  Poland some years ago.

The IKF Council decided on the qualification criteria for the korfball event during the World Games. Again eight national teams participate in the korfbal event. The Netherlands is the reigning World Games Champion.

Which teams qualify?

In principle Poland as the host country qualify. Furthermore any non-European team finishing in the top-11 at the IKF World Korfball Championship 2015 in Belgium qualify.  The other national teams come from Europe.

Mady Tims IWGA athlete of the month

Today the International World Games Association published the announcement:

Congratulations to Mady Tims, IWGA Athlete of the Month for April 2015. The Korfball player (38) from the Netherlands gave her farewell at the Dutch Korfball League Finale on 11 April. More than 10,000 spectators at the sold-out Ahoy arena in Rotterdam experienced the touching goodbye.  She left the court right after her PKC/SWK Groep teammate, Johannis Schott, scored four seconds before the end the winning point.

With a huge cheer from her fans, white tulips from her teammates, and tears in her eyes, it was a moment to be cherished. Her club, PKC, won the final match against TOP by a score of 22 to 21. Mady Tims left the court as a champion. She helped to make it happen by scoring a point  in the final. It was the 500th korf in her career as a player for PKC.

The English commentator of the match described her as the “most fantastic player in the world of Korfball”. Jan Fransoo, President of the International Korfball Federation, called her, “a korfball icon”. She said after the match and her emotional farewell, “Korfball is my passion”. She added, “There are so many great moments I can look back to.”

Indeed, “Lady” (her nickname) Tims is a three-time European Champion, and three-time World Champion with the national team of the Netherland. The Dutch team, with her help, won the TWG 2005 Gold Medal in Duisburg, Germany.

“Winning the title with PKC made my last match so special”, she said after the match in Rotterdam in April. That’s the way she likes to step down. In 2011 when she retired from the Dutch national team, it was the final of the World Korfball Championship in China. The title match against the archrival Belgium was her final international competition. She scored three times for her team, which won 32:26. 
Watch her last match and the emotional moment of her substitution four seconds before the end of the final on The World Games Channel.

Learn more about Korfball on The World Games Channel.

The full article plus photos follow the link: Link to the article on Mady Tims

Photo credits: http://www.actiefotografie.nl/

Great opportunity for USA Korfball as World Games 2021 are awarded to Birmingham

Immediately following the signing of the contract between the International World Games Association and the City of Birmingham, Alabama, USA, the IKF President met with the Local Organizing Committee of the 2021 World Games to discuss development of korfball in the US towards the 2021 Games. It turns out to be an excellent impetus for korfball in North America.

Birmingham edged Ufa (Russia) and Lima (Peru) in the race to win the 2021 Games. With no presence of korfball in the Southern US, both a challenge and an opportunity exists. President Fransoo discussed the contours of a development strategy with the LOC, who are extremely enthousiastic about korfball following the great performance in Cali. The initial contours of the development plan are aimed at the inclusion of korfball in the program of local schools, with a focus on the inner city of Birmingham, and the joint effort between IKF, USA Korfball, and the LOC to develop a new base of elite players in Birmingham. With six years to go, a focused program with elite athletes should be aimed at developing a competitive US team for the 2021 Games.

President Fransoo: “While there are several dispersed local community groups, school and colleges across the US playing korfball, a good structure and program is not in place. This is an excellent opportunity to work with the City and LOC of Birmingham to work on a common objective to have a competitive US team in the 2021 Games.”

World Games 2021

The president of the  International World Games Association (IWGA), Mr José Perurena, just announced (22 January 2015) the World Games in 2021 will take place in the city of Birmingham, in the state Alabama, USA; click for more info.

The 2021 edition will be the 11th World Games multi-sports event with 25+ sports, about 4,500 athletes and officials from approximately 100 countries. Korfball is on the program since 1985 in London, England.

After the first World Games in 1981 in Santa Clara, USA this will be the return to the USA.

During its meetings on 21 January 2015 the IWGA Executive Committee made a final assessment of the bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations. The IWGA Executive Board took the final decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sports event at its meeting earlier this morning.

The IKF congratulates the city of Birmingham and we are eager to show up with korfball in 2021 as well.

The 10th World Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland from 20 – 30 July 2017.

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Candidate team of the World Games: Dutch korfball team

The Dutch korfball team is one of ten nominated for the Team of the Year award 2013 by the International World Games Association (IWGA).

From January 6 to January 31, 2014, supporters and friends will be able to cast an online vote for The World Games 2013 top team. One vote per person per day is allowed.

We invite you to provide active support for the Dutch korfball team. The IKF is proud on this nomination for the World Games winners. Encourage people all over the world in all 60 korfball countries to support them with your votes. Use social media channels as well. To participate in the team vote, please visit the IWGA and vote; click here

The IWGA press officer has stated: “Everybody will be allowed to participate in the voting on the IWGA website. Each participant will have available one vote per day best team. The voting will be closed on January 31. Afterwards the IWGA will announce the winners and ranking on their website and launch a press release. The winners will be awarded a trophy.

The support for your athletes / team does not only honor their performance during The World Games 2013. The vote will also increase the popularity of your sport and will make it once more visible.”

Colombian President Santos visits korfball competition

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited today the korfball competition at the World Games in Cali. Santos, who was unable to attend the Opening Ceremony of the World Games, picked korfball as the event to attend in a short visit to Cali. Media attention was extensive, with dozens of national TV and Radio stations covering the visit. President Santos assisted Colombian national team player Camilo in doing a running-in shot in the middle of the court, and he greeted the players of the Netherlands and Portugal before their match. He stayed for a short additional period to watch the beginning of the match before proceeding to a press conference.