Korfball ( _nl. Korfbal) is a team ball game, similar to mixed
netball. It is played in more than 50 countries. The Netherlandsand Belgiumhave most players. A team consists of four men and four women.
How to play
Korfball is played indoors or outdoors on a court divided into halves called "zones". In each zone is a post (3.5m, shorter for the young) with a basket at the top. This is positioned two thirds of the distance between the center line and the back of the zone. The ball is similar to
football (soccer)but with more grip and bounce. Teams have 4 men and 4 women. Players score by throwing the ball through the other team's basket. After two goals the teams change zones: defenders become attackers and attackers become defenders. At half-time teams swap halves.
Men and women play side by side. But duels are man to man and woman to woman. One man may guard one man and one woman may guard one woman. A woman may not defend a man nor may a man defend a woman.
Each team tries to score using tactics. The rules prevent physical strength dominating the game. Blocking, tackling and holding are not allowed. Nor is kicking or punching the ball. A player may not attempt to score when defended. That occurs when the defender is closer to the basket and facing his opponent, and is at arm's length and attempting to block the ball.
Nico Broekhuysen, a Dutch school teacher, learned a game called "
ring boll" in Sweden in 1902. Points are scored in ringboll by throwing the ball through a ring attached to a 3m post. Broekhuysen replaced the ring with a basket (for which the Dutch is "korf" or "mand") and simplified the rules. They included letting men and women play at the same time. [cite web | url=http://www.knkv.nl/web/show/id=43251 | title=Historie (History) | accessdate=2006-08-30 | author = Koninklijk Nederlands Korfbalverbond (Royal Dutch Korfball Association) | language=Dutch ]
Korfball is played in over 50 countries including Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Serbia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Portugal, Sweden, Philippines and France. It was a demonstration sport in the
Olympic Gamesof 1920 and 1928, held in Antwerpand Amsterdam).
International Korfball Federationwas founded in 1933. Korfball has been played in the World Gamessince 1985. World championships have been held every four years since 1978. The leading nations are the Netherlands and Belgium.
Hong Kong hosted its first international tournament, the Asia Oceania Championships in 2006. New Zealand hosted the Asia Oceania Youth Championships in 2007.
International Korfball Federationorganizes a Korfball World Championshipevery four years.
* 1978 -
* 1984 -
* 1987 -
* 1991 -
* 1995 India -
* 1999 Australia -
* 2003 Rotterdam -
* 2007 Brno -
IKF promotes two continental championships:
European Korfball Championshipand Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship.
Korfball World Championship
European Korfball Championship
Korfball European Bowl
Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship
Commonwealth Korfball Championships
British Student Korfball Nationals
International Korfball Federation
* [http://www.ikf.org/ International Korfball Federation (IKF)] includes rules, national associations and competition results.
* [http://www.korfball.pl/ Polish Korfball Federation (PFK)] news, includes rules, Polish clubs and competition results
* [http://www.korfbal.be/ Belgian Korfball Federation (KBKB)] includes rules, Belgian clubs and competition results.
* [http://www.korfball.co.uk British Korfball Association (BKA)] - notice board for UK clubs
* [http://www.korfbal.cat Catalan Korfball Federation] All about Catalan Korfball - News, results, fixudes, interview and more.
* [http://www.korfbal.cz/ Czech Korfball Association] - news, results, information, links and much more...
* [http://www.knkv.nl/ Dutch Korfball Federation (KNKV)] includes rules, Dutch clubs and competition results.
* [http://www.englandkorfball.co.uk English Korfball Association (EKA)] - News, league tables from around the UK and full club listings to find your nearest club]
* [http://www.korfball.hu Hungarian Korfball Association] Homepage of the Hungarian Korfball Association - breaking news, articles, images about Hungarian korfball events.
* [http://www.federazioneitalianakorfball.it/ Italian Federation of Korfball (FIK)]
* [http://www.korfball.org.nz/ Korfball New Zealand (KNZ)] includes Spectator Guides, beginners training and introductions.
* [http://www.fpcorfebol.pt Portuguese Korfball Federation (FPC)] includes rules, Portuguese clubs and competition results.
* [http://www.korfball.se/index_eng.htm Swedish Korfball Federation] includes competition results.
* [http://www.welshkorfball.org/ Welsh Korfball Association (WKA)]
* [http://www.westmidlandskorfball.co.uk/ West Midlands Korfball Association (WMKA)] - news, results, information, links, events and development
* [http://www.eastmidskorfball.co.uk/ East Midlands Korfball Association (EMKA)] - Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, News, Results, Information, Links, Events and Development
* [http://www.nottskorfball.co.uk/ Nottingham Korfball Club] - Nottingham Korfball Club - senior teams participating in the English National, Central England and East Midlands Korfball leagues - with a developing junior section
* [http://www.korfball.org.nz/exam Korfball Referee Test (KNZ)] includes on-line exam test questions for Players and Referees.
* [http://www.hkc-utrecht.nl/component/option,com_game/Itemid,63/ Online Korfballgame]
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