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.

Want to know anything else? Post a reply below, use the contacts page, or just ask us at one of our regular training sessions.

2 thoughts on “What is korfball?”

  1. Hi
    Im moving to reaseheath college in september and wanting to get involved in activities. When do you practice? and when do you allow complete beginners?

    1. Hi Naomi, good to hear you’re interested in korfball! We practice on Tuesday evenings at Malbank School – just down the road from Reaseheath – if you drop me an email cankorf@gmail.com I’ll send you full details and my contact number etc. Beginners are very welcome at any time. We’re currently trying to get some sessions running at Reaseheath itself so hopefully will be able to get you involved in that too, which would be even more convenient for you! Looking forward to hearing from you – Eleanor

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