|Number of teams||16 (finals)|
|Most successful team(s)|
|Website||International Korfball Federation|
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 is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight (8) players with four (4) females and four (4) males in each team. The objective is to throw a ball into a bottomless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m high pole.
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
The current format of the tournament involves 16 teams competing for the title at venues within the host nation over a period of about a week. The next edition - in August 2019, in Durban, South Africa - will take place with 20 national teams in competition. 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.
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.
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.
|Year||Host||Winners||Score||Runners-up||Third Place||Score||Fourth Place||Number of teams|
|Team||Titles||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place||Total finishes in top four|
|9 (1978 *, 1984, 1987 *, 1995, 1999, 2003 *, 2007, 2011, 2015)||1 (1991)||—||—||10|
|1 (1991 *)||9 (1978, 1984 *, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 *)||—||—||10|
|—||—||3 (1991, 2011, 2015)||2 (1987, 2003)||5|
|—||—||2 (1987, 1999)||3 (1978, 1984, 2015)||5|
|—||—||2 (1978, 1984)||2 (1991, 1999)||4|
|—||—||2 (2003, 2007 *)||—||2|
|—||—||1 (1995)||1 (2007)||2|
Each successive World Championship has had at least one team appearing for the first time.
Note: The IKF considers Germany a successor to West Germany. Likewise, Catalonia is seen as a successor to Spain.
For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.
|Team|| 1978 |
| 1984 |
| 1987 |
| 1991 |
| 1995 |
| 1999 |
| 2003 |
| 2007 |
| 2011 |
| 2015 |
| 2019 |
Approximately 4.5 million of the 16 million people in the Netherlands are registered to one of the 35,000 sports clubs in the country. About two thirds of the population older than 15 years participates in sports weekly.
The Hockey Champions Trophy (HCT) was an international field hockey tournament held by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
The Men's Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The tournament was started in 1971. It is held every four years, bridging the four years between the Summer Olympics.
The UEFA European Under-17 Championship is an annual European association football competition contested by the men's under-17 national teams of the member associations of UEFA.
The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the International Federation of Association Football. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 when it was not held due to the Second World War. The competition originally featured 16 teams, and later 24, before settling on its current format of 32 teams starting with the 1998 tournament. Teams initially compete in a group stage, with the final 16 progressing to knockout stages to decide the winner.
The Women's Hockey World Cup is the field hockey World Cup competition for women, whose format for qualification and final tournament is similar to the men's. It has been held since 1974. The tournament has been organized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) since they merged with the International Federation of Women's Hockey Associations (IFWHA) in 1982. Since 1986, it has been held regularly once every four years, in the same year as the men's competition, which is mid cycle between Summer Olympic games.
National team appearances in the FIBA Basketball World Cup are the number of appearances that individual country's basketball national teams have made at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. A total of 58 countries have made, or will make, at least one appearance in the FIBA international senior men's basketball competition.
European Korfball Championship or European Korfball A-Championship is a korfball competition for European national teams organized by the International Korfball Federation. It was played every four years from 1998 until 2014 and then moved to a tournament every two years, starting from 2016. The number of participated teams has varied between 8 and 16. The Netherlands national korfball team has won each edition.
The International Korfball Federation (IKF) was founded in Antwerp (Belgium) on 11 June 1933 as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations.The IKF was officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1993 and is affiliated to Sportaccord (Sportaccord), the Association of the IOC Recognized International Sports Federations (ARISF) and the International World Games Association (IWGA).The IKF aims to spread korfball around the globe. It provides close to sixty (60) affiliated member countries with financial, material, and structural support to achieve this goal. It has established a network of contacts in many countries and actively promotes the game by transferring knowledge internationally by exchange programmes and inviting selected korfball players, coaches, and administrators to its training courses to create a stable local structure in all the affiliated countries on which a flourishing korfball organisation can be built.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 and media oriented mixed gender teamsport.
The Hong Kong national korfball team is managed by the Hong Kong China Korfball Association (HKCKA), representing Hong Kong in Korfball international competitions.
The Hockey Junior World Cup, is an international field hockey competition organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The tournament was started in 1979. Since 1985 it has been held every four years. Competitors must be under the age of 21 as of December 31 in the year before the tournament is held.
The 1987 Korfball World Championship was the 3rd edition of the major international korfball competition. It was held in the Netherlands on April 20–25, in the cities of Amsterdam, Bennekom, Dordrecht, Papendrecht, Rotterdam and Wormer. In a close final, Netherlands defeated Belgium by 9–7.
The 10th IKF World Korfball Championship were held in the Belgian cities of Ghent, Tielen and Antwerp in 2015. Ghent and Tielen hosted the first and second round matches, whilst the placing matches and finals were all held in the Lotto Arena in Antwerp.
Korfball in Wales has been played since 1991 and is managed by the Welsh Korfball Association/Cymdeithas Pêl-Corff Cymreig. The association was established in 2002 and the Welsh Korfball Squad was formed in 2005. In 2007, the International Korfball Federation admitted Wales as an associate member.
The korfball event at the World Games 2017 took place in Wrocław, Poland.
The 11th IKF World Korfball Championship will be held in 2019 in Durban, South Africa. The International Korfball Federation awarded the hosting rights for the tournament to South Africa on 7 November 2015, ahead of the bid by New Zealand.
The 2016 European Korfball Championship was held in the Netherlands from October 22 to October 30, with 10 national teams in competition. As the European Korfball Championship was split into an A-Championship and a B-Championship as of 2018, this tournament was used to decide which teams would participate at which level, with the top 8 teams qualifying for the A-Championship, while the teams in positions 9 and 10 relegated to the B-Championship. Netherlands won the tournament for a sixth consecutive time, maintaining its 100% win record.
The 2018 All-Africa Korfball Championship (AAKC) was held in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe from 27 April to 29 April, with 3 national teams in competition.