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The Netherlands are the 1st IKF European Beach Korfball champions!

The Hague Beach Korfball Stadium (NED) hosted the 1st IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017. A great weekend with international senior and U19 teams playing this new spectacular and different korfball discipline. After an intense weekend with two closely contested finals, The Netherlands won both gold medals in the senior and U19 categories.

In the senior category, Portugal won silver while Belgium won the bronze medal game against Czech Republic. The U19 silver medal went to Hungary, and Belgium U19 won bronze.

The event took place under sunny though windy circumstances, in the great Beach Stadium in The Hague (NED). About 1000 spectators attended the final match between the Netherlands and Portugal. During the weekend, also a grass-roots tournament took place on the beach next to the stadium.

You can review all the final results and rankings at www.beachkorfball.com

IKF OEBKC 2017 – Day 1: Updated results -> LINK
IKF OEBKC 2017 – Day 2 (Semi-finals & Finals): Updated results -> LINK

All images, videos and curiosities about this tournament are available on IKF social media profiles (and via hashtags #beachkorfball & #korfball):

Actiefotografie FB galleries (https://www.facebook.com/actiefotografieNL/)

Day 1: goo.gl/o2i6K9

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Day 2: goo.gl/4MWUGw

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Some images of the finals (by Dani E.):

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IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship

The first IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship will be played Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017 in The Hague, The Netherlands. [Watch the promotional video]

This 4 vs 4 event is open for teams in the categories Senior and Under 19. Each team will consist of a maximum of 6 players: 3 females + 3 males.

The Royal Dutch Korfball Federation (KNKV) is the organiser of this event.

All the info, updated schedule, results and much more on www.beachkorfball.com

Some additional information:

  • All National Federations (worldwide) have received an official invitation letter including entry forms for the Senior and Under 19 category.
  • A & B countries are allowed to subscribe 2 teams per category, C/D/E countries can subscribe 1 team per category.
  • It’s up to the National Federations to decide how to select their national team(s). This can be done by organising a National Championship and sending the winner(s), or just by selecting the best players available.
  • Deadline to subscribe teams for the tournament was 15 May 2017. The official players list must be known before the end of July.
  • Drawing of the tournament groups is done in July.

To stay posted about all information, please also follow the IKF Facebook page (www.facebook.com/korfball.org)

For further information or questions, please visit www.beachkorfball.com or contact beachkorfball@ikf.org

Group draw IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017

A total of 16 teams from 12 different countries will participate in the IKF Open European Beach Korfball Championship 2017 on 19 and 20 August in The Hague, The Netherlands. The last of these teams needs final confirmation and will be communicated later.

A and B classified countries were permitted to subscribe two teams for the tournament. The draw for the tournament is shown below.

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D
The Netherlands 1 Belgium 2 Poland Wales
Czech Republic 1 Hungary Portugal
Serbia France Czech Republic 2 Belgium 1
Suriname The Netherlands 2 Chinese Taipei Germany

The teams will compete in 4 groups of 4 teams each. After the group phase the tournament will continue in a knock out format. The two highest ranked teams of every group will qualify to play the quarter finals and thereby will compete for the first 8 places. The two lowest ranked teams of the group will continue playing for the places 9 to 16.

Location of the tournament will be The Hague Beach Stadium. The winner of the tournament can call itself the first ever winner of an official IKF beach korfball tournament.

Draft rules for Beach Korfball

At its recent Congress – 25 and 26 October 2013 – held in Lisbon (POR) the IKF announced that it will, in the coming months, be rolling out draft rules for different korfball disciplines.

The first of these sets of rules are the Rules for Beach Korfball. Designed to be played 3 vs 3 at the highest level, or 4 vs 4 at recreation level, the game is expected to be played with a field size of 18 m x 9 m or 20 m x 10 m, no halfway line, two posts set in from the ends like the traditional variant of the game and in four quarters of 2 1/2 minutes . Teams will consist of 3 male and 3 female players and unlimited substitutions will be allowed.

The IKF member countries are being encouraged to try out these new draft rules and feed back their experiences so that a final set of rules can be put in place by the end of 2014.

Under ‘Documents‘ and ‘Playing Rules‘ these Draft Rules for Beach Korfball are published.

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