The International World Games Association has ratified 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.”