Participating countries IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe) 2018

The participating countries for the World Cup (Europe) in Belgium are now known. The event that will be played 11 and 12 August in Blankenberge will consist of the following countries:

Seniors: Belgium, Czech Republic, Cameroon, England, France, Hungary, Morocco, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Wales.

Under 19: Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Morocco, The Netherlands, Wales.

The pool composition with the match schedule will be drawn in the coming weeks, taking into consideration the results of last year’s ‘Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017′. This is good news for Portugal (seniors) and Hungary (U19), both ending second on the overall tournament ranking just behind the Netherlands.

IKF President and CEO attend SportAccord Convention

IKF President Jan Fransoo and CEO Tilbert La Haye represented the IKF at this year’s SportAccord Convention. The Convention was held in the Danish city of Aarhus.

SportAccord Convention is the largest international sports conference in the world, that bring together representatives from more than 100 international sports federations, the International Olympic Committee, multisport games organizers, host cities, and sport business.

As part of the attendance, Fransoo and La Haye formally represented the IKF formally at the General Assemblies of ARISF (IOC Recognized Federations), IWGA (World Games) and SportAccord (all international sport federations). Further, they attended a workshop with the IOC where developments with regard to the Olympic Program and the Youth Olympic Games were discussed, and a workshop with WADA that focused on education, compliance, and sanctioning.

First and foremost, the Convention is characterized by many bilateral meetings. The IKF representatives met, amongst many others, with the organizing committees of The World Games 2017 and 2021, with the media officer of the IWGA. Further, Fransoo and La Haye met with the President and Secretary General of the International University Sports Federation FISU to discuss recent developments regarding the FISU Korfball World University Championships in 2018 and 2020. Some significant format changes were discussed that should soon be confirmed in a revised agreement between IKF and FISU.


The KNKV, organiser of the  first Open European Beach Korfball Championship, published a promo video of the event.

This video shows the fun and excitement of Beach Korfball, the beautiful city of The Hague and the venue of the event; The Hague Beach Stadium. Have a look and enoy!

Video credits: KNKV (Koninklijk Nederlands Korfbalverbond)
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IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

The IKF is proud to announce its first ever beach korfball tournament:  ‘IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017’! The event will take place in the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 and will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser is the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV).

Beach korfball is already played in multiple countries in all continents around the world. It has a different lifestyle approach and is especially popular with the younger age groups. Therefore IKF is convinced that beach korfball helps to invest in the future of korfball. To point out this important role in development, the tournament in The Hague will consist both of a Senior and an Under 19 category.

With only four players needed to form a team, instead of eight in regular korfball, IKF is aiming to make it easier for national associations to initiate new korfball activities and reach new players. On the competition level IKF believes to create more equality between the teams and lower costs for national associations by having less athletes involved and using a short tournament format.

The venue of the tournament will be ‘The Hague Beach Stadium’. This unique accommodation is located directly on The Hague Beach and has all the necessary requirements for hosting a top beach sport event. The spectacular location at the waterside is perfect to host multiple side events and really involve korfball fans and visitors with the event. With the track record of the KNKV in organising events, the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 can only end up being a success!

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