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.
During the IKF Executive Committee in September 2016 it has been decided to integrate beach korfball in the IKF Competition Calender. Furthermore, the IKF Beach Korfball Committee has been installed to stimulate the further development of beach korfball.
All this led to the first ever IKF European Beach Korfball Championship: ‘The Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017′. This event was organised in August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands. This event was followed by the first edition of the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) in 2018 in Blankenberge, Belgium. In 2019, the first Beach Korfball World Cup (Asia) was organized, as well as the second edition of the IKF BKWC (Europe.
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 aims to spread korfball around the globe. It provides sixty-nine (69) (as per 20 August 2017) affiliated member countries with financial, material, and structural support to achieve this goal. Kenya (68) and Suriname (69) are the most recent new (associated) members after the decisions of the General Meeting 20 August 2017 in The Hague (NED). This General Meeting expelled Mongolia 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 69 affiliated countries – see under IKF Members – on which a flourishing korfball organisation can be built. Keypoint in the IKF Strategy is youth development in all member countries.
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.