History of Beach Korfball
Beach korfball is already being played for multiple years in a lot of countries all over the world. Currently beach korfball is being played (recreational or in competition) in 36 countries.
Over the years both 3 against 3 and 4 against 4 formats have been put into practise. In 2015 the IKF published the official beach korfball rules which formalised the 4 against 4 format. Each team consisting of 2 man and 2 female.
It was during the Executive Committee meeting in September 2016 where it has been decided to put beach korfball for the first time on the IKF competition calendar. A special IKF Beach Korfball Committee has been installed to make this happen and stimulate the further development of beach korfball.
All this lead to the first ever European Beach Korfball Championship: ‘The Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017′. This event will be organised from 19 till 20 August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser of the event is the KNKV (Royal Dutch Korfball Association).
History of the IKF
The International Korfball Federation (IKF) was founded in Antwerp (Belgium) on the 11 June 1933 as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations.
The IKF was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1993 and is affiliated to the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF), the International World Games Association (IWGA) and Sportaccord (Sportaccord).
The IKF aims to spread korfball around the globe. It provides sixty seven (67) (as per 7 November 2015) affiliated member countries with financial, material, and structural support to achieve this goal. Philippines (61), Ghana (62), Costa Rica (63), Colombia (64), Ivory Coast (65), Cameroon (66), Morocco (67), Switzerland (68) and Sri Lanka (69) are the most recent new (associated) members after the decisions of the General Meeting 7 November 2015 in Antwerp (BEL). This General Meeting expelled Denmark and Surinam due to a lack of korfball activity.
The IKF has established a network of contacts in many countries and actively promotes the game by transfering knowledge internationally by exchange programmes and inviting selected korfball players, coaches, and administrators to its training courses in order to create a stable local structure in all 67 affiliated countries – see under IKF Members – on which a flourishing korfball organisation can be built.
The IKF is organised in five Continental Confederations – IKF Africa, IKF Americas, IKF Asia, IKF Europe and IKF Oceania – since 2011.
The IKF General Meeting is the highest authority in the IKF. The IKF is managed on a daily base by the IKF Executive Committee – 8 members – and the IKF Council – 12 members.
The IKF stimulates the global awareness that korfball is a spectator, mixed gender, media oriented and innovative teamsport.