|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) 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.
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 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.
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)||—||—||11|
|1 (1991 *)||9 (1978, 1984 *, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 *)||—||—||11|
|—||—||3 (1991, 2011, 2015)||2 (1987, 2003)||6|
|—||—||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 |
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