What is korfball?

Korfball is a ball sport played by mixed teams (four men and four women per team). It’s played with a ball about the size of a football, and involves lots of throwing, catching, and shooting into a high basket. If you imagine crossing basketball and netball you’ll get a fair idea of what korfball looks like, but it’s actually quite distinct from both.

It’s fast moving, skillful, non-contact and very much dependent on teamwork. A short introduction to the rules and history of the game is available on Wikipedia (link by clicking here), and a neat little promotional video is available from the IKF (link by clicking here).

For those who want the official rules, they’re available from the International Korfball Association (but be warned, the PDF is 801K and it’s pretty boring!). These are the main features of the sport:

  • Boys mark boys, girls mark girls (2 boys and 2 girls play for each team in each half of the pitch).
  • Attack in one half of the pitch – defend in the other. Switch roles every 2 goals so everyone gets an equal chance.
  • Shoot from anywhere (in your attacking half) into a basket on top of a 3.5m high post.
  • No running with the ball – so lots of “passing and moving”.

So, put simply, korfball is great. 🙂 It is also really easy to learn how to play, and beginners are always welcome.

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