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IKF Ranking 2017 updated (from 1 November 2017)

Only one change in the top 20 of the new IKF ranking is seen after the last official IKF Championships. Only Hungary and Turkey have swapped position on the ranking. Suriname and Kenya enter the list.

* Points for the ranking are mainly earned through participation in IKF events with a weighting for each event given according the importance of the event. Countries who take part in qualifications for a final round are awarded points for that event also, being ranked for example, 17th, 18thetc. Points earned are weighted less each year until the next edition of the event. The previous edition of the event drops out of the calculations. With the change in some continental championships to a bi-annual rather than a four yearly cycles weighting reductions are revised to reflect this.

IKF Ranking 2017 as of 1 November 2017; CLICK HERE

IKF Europa Cup First Round 2018 [Updated]

The weekend of 23 and 24 September is the kick-off weekend for the IKF Europa Cup 2018; the Korfball Champions League for European club teams. In the city of Prievidza (Slovakia) eight national champions will compete in the Europa Cup First Round. The two best teams of this event will automatically qualify for the Europa Cup Final Round in Platja d’Aro (Catalonia) from 11-13 January 2018. They will join the six teams that already secured their spot during last year Europa Cup edition.

[UPDATE 1: You can watch again all the games on facebook.com/events/895836157237833 and facebook.com/SKK-Dolphins-Prievidza-161845083887617/ And as usual, all the statitistics, play-by-play and top scorers on www.worldkorfball.org/competitions/ikf-europa-korfball-cup-first-round-ikf-ecup-r1-101]

[UPDATE 2: See below all last results]

Pool A Pool B
A1 SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. (GER) B1 Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club (TUR)
A2 Association Korfbal Firminy (FRA) B2 1908 SZAC Budapest (HUN)
A3 AZS Balluff Wrocław (POL) B3 Edinburgh Mavericks (SCO)
A4 SKK Dolphins Prievidza (SVK) B4 Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club (WAL)

The match schedule for Saturday 23 September you find underneath. The match schedule for the second and final day will depend on the results of the first competition day. The numbers one and two of each group qualify to play the semifinals and both finalist make it to the ECup Final Round.

09:00 Match A Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF) AZS Balluff Wrocław
10:00 Match B 1908 SZAC Budapest Edinburgh Mavericks
11:00 Match C SKK Dolphins Prievidza SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V.
12:00 Match D Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club
13:30 Match E SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. AZS Balluff Wrocław
14:30 Match F Edinburgh Mavericks Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club
15:30 Match G SKK Dolphins Prievidza Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF)
16:30 Match H Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club 1908 SZAC Budapest
18:00 Match I SKK Dolphins Prievidza AZS Balluff Wrocław
19:00 Match J Edinburgh Mavericks Cardiff City & Met Korfball Club
20:00 Match K SG Pegasus Rommerscheid 1991 e. V. Association Korfbal Firminy (AKF)
21:00 Match L Kocaeli Universiteit Sport Club 1908 SZAC Budapest

IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: DAY 1 RESULTS (Saturday, 23rd)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: RANKING POOLS & DAY 2 SCHEDULE (Sunday, 24)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: FINAL RANKING POOLS & DAY 2 RESULTS (Sunday, 24)

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IKF ECUP 2018 1st Round: Day 1 Image gallery

Images by Theo van der Linde

The World Games: great opportunity for korfball

The World Games 2017 is around the corner! The 10th edition of the Games will be held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. More than 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and 111 countries will take part in the biggest sport event ever staged in Poland. The Korfball event will start 21 July and the finals will be played on 25 July.

The World Games are a big multi sports event and are a great opportunity to show korfball to a big crowd and accent the unique characteristics of the sport. This can be very helpful for the development of korfball in general and coming closer to the Olympic dream.

Former World Games sport Rugby made it to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and Karate, Sport Climbing, Surfing and Baseball/Soft­ball will be present in Tokyo 2020. Earlier, The World Games sports Badminton, Triathlon and Taekwondo became Olympic sports in 2000 and Beach Volleyball in 1996. Dance Sport will be on the programme of the Youth Olympics 2018 as well as Karate and Sport Climbing. IWGA President José Perurena states it clear: “The World Games are a stepping stone to the Olympics.”

IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell says: “As we look for getting more flex­ibility into the programme of the Olympic Games in the future, certainly The World Games is one of the areas we are looking to observe, see the sports, see them per­formed at a very high level and with the best athletes in those sports. Obviously we are looking for sports that bring a real value to the programme.”

Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, has confirmed that he will be present at The World Games Opening Ceremony in Wroclaw on 20th July 2017. In his letter to IWGA President José Perurena, the IOC President states that he will also attend several sports events during his stay. It will not be the first time that Dr. Bach attends an Opening Ceremony of The World Games. He was also present at the opening of The World Games 2013 in Cali/ Colombia, together with Jacques Rogge, his predecessor in office. Thomas Bach was Vice President of the IOC at that time.

IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

The IKF is proud to announce its first ever beach korfball tournament:  ‘IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017’! The event will take place in the weekend of 19 and 20 August 2017 and will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. The organiser is the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV).

Beach korfball is already played in multiple countries in all continents around the world. It has a different lifestyle approach and is especially popular with the younger age groups. Therefore IKF is convinced that beach korfball helps to invest in the future of korfball. To point out this important role in development, the tournament in The Hague will consist both of a Senior and an Under 19 category.

With only four players needed to form a team, instead of eight in regular korfball, IKF is aiming to make it easier for national associations to initiate new korfball activities and reach new players. On the competition level IKF believes to create more equality between the teams and lower costs for national associations by having less athletes involved and using a short tournament format.

The venue of the tournament will be ‘The Hague Beach Stadium’. This unique accommodation is located directly on The Hague Beach and has all the necessary requirements for hosting a top beach sport event. The spectacular location at the waterside is perfect to host multiple side events and really involve korfball fans and visitors with the event. With the track record of the KNKV in organising events, the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 can only end up being a success!

More updated information on https://ikf.org/event/ikf-open-european-beach-korfball-championship-2

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KC Barcelona: New IKF Europa Shield 2016 Champion

Congratulations to Korfbal Club Barcelona from Catalonia, the new IKF Europa Shield 2016 champion. After an excellent tournament with 5 victories in 5 games, they are the new champions after beating in the final 14-13 the 2015 winners English Bec Korfball Club.

This is the 1st time they achieve this trophy, after only two previous international participations. The 1st was two years ago in IKF Europa Cup 2014  and the 2nd last year in IKF Europa Shield 2015.

An impressive and succesful course that ended with this well deserved 1st place in IKF ES 2016. Congratulations!

Photos by (c) Andreas Voss and Dani Ezpeleta (IKF.org):

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IKF EShield 2016: Day 3 (Finals)

Final day of IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 in Castrop-Rauxel (Germany). Semifinals were played early in the morning, and after that, the two games for 5th to 8th places. The bronze medal game and the big final between KC Barcelona and Bec Korfball Club ended a day that crowned the catalan KC Barcelona as new Europa Shield 2016 champion, after beating 15-14 the english Bec Korfball Club in an incredible and thrilling final.

The bronze medal was achieved by the local Schweriner Korfball Club e.V. ’67 (GER), after winning 11-10 the hungarian SZAC Budapest 1908.

The closing ceremony was presided by IKF President Mr. Jan Fransoo, in which medals and individual awards were given to the winners. This ceremony ended a great and exciting 3-day tournament, that showed every day how spectacular, beatiful and thrilling korfball is.

These are Day 3 Results (Sunday 23th, January, 2016):

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IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 Final ranking:

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IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016 Top scorers & MVP’s:

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Review all tournament in:
http://www.worldkorfball.org
https://www.facebook.com/korfball.org
https://twitter.com/korfball

http://www.ikfeuropashield.com
https://www.facebook.com/IKF-Europa-Shield-2016-885329788217300/

LIVE STREAMING OF ALL IKF EShield 2016 GAMES:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-ncMdsqbqM

Pictures from the tournament by Andreas Voss:

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IKF EShield 2016: Day 2

Second day of games in Castrop-Rauxel (Germany) during this exciting IKF EUROPA SHIELD 2016. Emotions, close games, golden goals and lots of games decided in the last minutes. An incredible tournament that ends this Sunday 24th with the semifinals, the games for 5th to 8th place and the big EShield 2016 final.

These are today’s results (Day 2 – Saturday, 23th):

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Day 3 Game Schedule (Sunday, 24th January 2016):

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Follow the tournament in:
http://www.worldkorfball.org
https://www.facebook.com/korfball.org
https://twitter.com/korfball

http://www.ikfeuropashield.com
https://www.facebook.com/IKF-Europa-Shield-2016-885329788217300/
https://twitter.com/Euroshield

Pictures from the tournament by Andreas Voss:

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PKC/SWKGroep (NED): New IKF Europa Cup 2016 champion!

Congratulations to the new 2016 IKF Europa Cup korfball champion: Dutch champion, PKC/SWK Groep.

After a great championship and 3/3 victories, the 1st over the German SG Pegasus (44-13) and the 2nd against the Czech Brno KK (15-40), the Dutch defeated 31-21 its most dangerous rival in the final: the Belgium champion Boeckenberg KC.

The crowd inside the Gabányi László Sportshall in Budapest enjoyed a fantastic 1st half were none of both teams clearly leaded the game. The 16-12 score by the Dutch with 0,6 second to go before the end of the first 25 minutes and the 17-12 within 10 seconds after the start of the 2nd half was a big blow in the Boeckenberg ambitions. In the 2nd half the Dutch were able to open the gap in the scoreboard, arriving at the end of the game with a comfortable and definitive 31-21.

Congratulations again to PKC/SWK Groep players and staff for an excellent tournament, and enjoy the well deserved 50th Alfons Janssens IKF Europa Cup. The 8th IKF Europa Cup for PKC in the history of this event; they are the most successful club team in the IKF history.

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Some images of the final against Boeckenberg KC:
Photos by (c) Marco Spelten (www.Facebook.com/ActiefotografieNL)

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