International Korfball Federation
|Formation||11 June 1933|
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|68 national associations|
|IKF Executive Committee|
|Affiliations||Global Association of International Sports Federations, ARISF, IWGA|
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 IKF was founded on 11 June 1933 in Antwerp, Belgium as a continuation of the International Korfball Bureau established in 1924 by the Dutch and Belgian Associations. The headquarters is in Utrecht, Netherlands, since December 2020, moving from Zeist. The IKF is officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1993 and is affiliated to 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 and increase the level of play in the affiliated countries. The IKF has currently 69 member countries. It provides the affiliated countries via five Continental Confederations (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania) with financial, material and structural support to achieve the goals. It has established a network of contacts in many countries and is constantly expanding this network. IKF actively promotes the game by transferring knowledge internationally by exchange programs and inviting selected korfball players, coaches and administrators to its training courses in order to assist in the creation of a stable local organization and structure in all the affiliated countries.
The IKF has 69 members at the moment. They are divided over five continental confederations for Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa and Oceanian. In 2018 the latest member to join was Thailand.
The IKF has had six presidents until now. All six have been from the Netherlands.
|1988||2003||Bob de Die||Netherlands|
The Council of the IKF consists of a President, a Secretary General, a Senior Vice-President, three other members of the Executive Committee and up to five Continental Vice-Presidents.
|Bjorn Elewaut||Executive Committee Member||Belgium|
|Danielle Ruts||Senior Vice-President||Belgium|
|Gert Dijkstra||Special Delegate for Competitions||Netherlands|
|Anita Derks||Executive Committee Member||Netherlands|
|Joana Faria||Secretary General||Portugal|
|Kevin Allen||Executive Committee Member||England|
|Chris Theyse||Continental Vice-President, Africa||South Africa|
|Ying-Che Huang||Continental Vice-President, Asia||Chinese Taipei|
|Tim Miller||Continental Vice-President, Oceania||Australia|
|Vacant||Continental Vice-President, Europe||Europe|
IKF structured tournaments
National team tournaments
National youth team tournaments
- International Korfball Federation moves headquarters to Utrecht
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