IKF World Korfball Championship

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IKF World Korfball Championship
Founded1978
RegionInternational (IKF)
Number of teams16 (finals)
Current championsFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (9th title)
Most successful team(s)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands (9 titles)
Website International Korfball Federation
Soccerball current event.svg 2019 IKF World Korfball Championship

IKF World Korfball Championship is an international korfball competition contested by the national teams of the members of International Korfball Federation (IKF), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded roughly every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1978. The current champions are the Netherlands, who won the 2015 IKF World Korfball Championship.

Korfball Mixed gender team sport

Korfball is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight (8) players with four (4) female players and four (4) male players in each team. The objective is to throw a ball into a netless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m high pole.

International Korfball Federation

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) is the governing body of korfball. IKF is responsible for the organisation of korfball's major international tournaments, notably the IKF World Korfball Championship.

The 1st Korfball World Championships was held in The Netherlands on November 6–11, in the cities of Assen, Nuenen, and Amsterdam

Contents

The current format of the tournament involves 20 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about a week The 10 World Championships have been won by two different national teams. The Netherlands have won all but one time, losing only to Belgium in the 1991 Korfball World Championship.

Netherlands national korfball team

The Netherlands national korfball team represents the Netherlands in international korfball. It is controlled by the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV), the governing body of korfball in the Netherlands.

Belgium national korfball team

The Belgium national korfball team, nicknamed the Belgian Diamonds, is managed by the Koninklijke Belgische Korfbalbond (KBKB), representing Belgium in korfball international competitions.

The 1991 Korfball World Championship was the 4th edition of the major international korfball competition. It was held in Belgium on April 2–6, in the cities of Antwerp, Berchem, Brussels, Ghent and Turnhout. In a very close final, Belgium defeated Netherlands by 11–10.

Results

YearHostWinnersScoreRunners-upThird PlaceScoreFourth PlaceNumber of teams
1978
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 14–13
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 20–15
(a.e.t.)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 8
1984
Details
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 11–9Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 7–5Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 8
1987
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 9–7Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 9–5
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 12
1991
Details
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 11–10Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 10–8Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 12
1995
Details
Flag of India.svg  India Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 21–13Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 13–11Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12
1999
Details
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 23–11Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 24–22Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 12
2003
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 22–9Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 21–15Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 16
2007
Details
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 23–10Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 19–14Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 16
2011
Details
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 32–26Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 33–16Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 16
2015
Details
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 27–18Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 21–12Flag of England.svg  England 16
2019
Details
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 20
2023
Details
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei TBA
2027
Details
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands TBA

Titles by team

Teams reaching the top four

TeamTitlesRunners-upThird placeFourth placeTotal finishes in top four
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 9 (1978 *, 1984, 1987 *, 1995, 1999, 2003 *, 2007, 2011, 2015)1 (1991)11
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1 (1991 *)9 (1978, 1984 *, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 *)11
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei 3 (1991, 2011, 2015)2 (1987, 2003)6
Flag of England.svg  England # 2 (1987, 1999)3 (1978, 1984, 2015)5
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany ^ 2 (1978, 1984)2 (1991, 1999)4
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 2 (2003, 2007 *)2
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1 (1995)1 (2007)2
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1 (1995)1
Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 1 (2011)1
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 1
* = hosts
^ = includes results representing West Germany between 1978 and 1987
# = includes results representing Great Britain between 1978 and 2003

Appearances

Debut of teams

Each successive World Championship has had at least one team appearing for the first time.

YearDebutantsTotal
1978 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
8
1984 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of France.svg  France
2
1987 Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
4
1991 Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of India.svg  India
3
1995 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
3
1999 Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
3
2003 Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1
2007 Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
3
2011 Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
2
2015 Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
2019 Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname
4
Total34

Note: The IKF considers Germany a successor to West Germany. Likewise, Catalonia is seen as a successor to Spain.

Comprehensive team results by tournament

Legend

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1978
(8)
1984
(8)
1987
(12)
1991
(12)
1995
(12)
1999
(12)
2003
(16)
2007
(16)
2011
(16)
2015
(16)
2019
(20)
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina ××××××××××
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia ×××8th9th×15th××××
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba ××8th10th×××××××
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia ×7th6th9th4th7th7th8th12th11thq
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2nd2nd2nd1st2nd2nd2nd2nd2nd2ndq
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil ×××××××××16th
Flag of Catalonia.svg  Catalonia 6th5th11th××8th9th9th4th5thq
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China ×××××××16th11th7thq
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei ××4th3rd5th6th4th5th3rd3rdq
Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia ×××××××××
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica ××××××××××
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic ××××7th×3rd3rd8th9thq
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic ××xx×××××××
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 3rd3rd5th4th6th4th8th11th9th6thq
Flag of England.svg  England 4th4th3rd5th8th3rd5th7th5th4thq
Flag of France.svg  France ×8th12th×××××××
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong ××××××××14th12thq
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary ××××××10th10th13thq
Flag of India.svg  India ×××11th12th11th14th12th13th××
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia ××10th12th×××××
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland ××××××××q
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan ×××××12th16th××q
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 8th××××××××××
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau ××××××××q
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia ××××××××××
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi ××××××××××
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico ××××××××××
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1st1st1st2nd1st1st1st1st1st1stq
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand ×××××××q
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan ××××××××××
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 7th××××××××××
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines ××××××××××
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland ×××××9th12th14th10th14thq
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal ××9th6th3rd5th6th4th7th10thq
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia ×××××××6th6th8th×
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland ××××××××
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia ××××××××
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia ××××10th×13th×q
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa ××××11th10th11th15th16th15thq
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea ××××××××
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname ××××××××××q
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey ×××××××××
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5th6th7th7th×××13th×××
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales ××××××××15th
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia ×××××××××
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe ××××××××

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