Korfball makes one of the most positive statements about gender equality in sports. The game bears strong resemblance to basketball – from which it evolved – but it is based on full collaboration between the two sexes. While four men and four women team up on each side, only players of the same sex oppose each other directly on the field of play. With teamwork being paramount in korfball, individual class is much desired, individual play such as dribbling, however, is ruled out. A game lasts two times 30 minutes. Scoring is possible with shots taken while closing in on the “korf “(Dutch for basket) at high speed, shots from far away – with unbelievable accuracy – and penalty shots after severe fouls.

Korfball featured in The World Games 2013; check the event calendar for all details.

Korfball will participate at The World Games 2017!

Learn more about Korfball on The World Games Channel.



Controlled contact and cooperative play ...

Korfball is the world's only dedicated mixed gender team sport. Developed in 1902 by Nico Broekhuysen, an Amsterdam school teacher, for the pupils of his coeducational school, it has developed into an international competitive sport, still expressing the values of controlled contact and cooperative play. Uncontrolled contact is not allowed, as is dribbling or running with the ball. The game requires all-round skilled athletes, as the players must alternate between attacking and defending positions after every two goals. A game lasts 2 x 25 minutes real playing time.

Object of the game ...

The objective is to throw a ball through a korf. The ball is very similar to the one used in soccer but with more grip and bounce. The korf is a synthetic basket fixed at the top of a 3.5 meter high post. The posts are fixed at 1/6 of either end of a 40 x 20 meter pitch, allowing also to shoot and approach the korf from the rear side.

BEL vs. NED vs. BEL vs NED ...

The Netherlands duly took the korfball gold at The World Games 2013 in Cali. For the eighth consecutive time already, the Dutch defeated their eternal opponents from Belgium in an exciting high level final. And yes, there is a good chance that both teams will match up again in the game for gold at The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw. But in the 2017 IKF Ranking Belgium is number 3 behind Chinese Taipei and the Asian team will try seriously to reach the final as well. The Netherlands and Belgium are drawn in the same pool, so they meet already in the pool phase. Behind these three contenders the race will be wide open between Great Britain, China, Germany, Australia and Poland. The other 5 contenders are close to each other and exciting matches can be expected.

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