International Korfball Federation

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International Korfball Federation
Formation11 June 1933; 89 years ago (1933-06-11)
TypeFederation of national associations
HeadquartersUtrecht, Netherlands
Region served
69 national associations (March 2022)
Official languages
Jan Fransoo
Danielle Ruts
Secretary General
Joana Faria
Main organ
IKF Executive Committee
AffiliationsGlobal 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.[1] 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 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.[2] 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.[3]

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, on 1 March 2022, the International Korfball Federation announced that the Russian Korfball Federation would not be invited until further notice to any international korfball competition.[4] This implied effectively that no Russian athletes shall take part in any international korfball event.[5] Furthermore, the Russian Korfball Federation shall not be eligible to bid for the hosting of any IKF event until further notice, and no IKF events were planned in Russia.[6]


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.[7]

Members by Regions[edit]

As of 30 March 2022

69 Members:[8]

Number Region Countries
1 Africa 10
2 Asia 15
3 Oceania 2
4 Europe 31
5 Americas 11
Total World 69


The IKF has had seven presidents until now. All seven have been from the Netherlands.[9]

Start End Name Nationality
1933 1946 Nico Broekhuijsen Netherlands Netherlands
1946 1954 S.A. Wilson Netherlands Netherlands
1954 1964 H.J. Venema Netherlands Netherlands
1964 1981 Herman Duns Netherlands Netherlands
1981 1988 Jo Roosenschoon Netherlands Netherlands
1988 2003 Bob de Die Netherlands Netherlands
2003 Jan Fransoo Netherlands 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.

Council Member Position Country
Jan Fransoo President Netherlands Netherlands
Bjorn Elewaut Executive Committee Member Belgium Belgium
Danielle Ruts Senior Vice-President Belgium Belgium
Gert Dijkstra Special Delegate for Competitions Netherlands Netherlands
Anita Derks Executive Committee Member Netherlands Netherlands
Joana Faria Secretary General Portugal Portugal
Jorge Alves Executive Committee Member Portugal Portugal
Gabi Kool Executive Vice-President (coopted) Netherlands Netherlands
Vacancy Continental Vice-President, Africa African Union Africa
Ying-Che Huang Continental Vice-President, Asia Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
Tim Miller Continental Vice-President, Oceania Australia Australia
Vacant Continental Vice-President, Europe Europe Europe

IKF structured tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International Korfball Federation moves headquarters to Utrecht
  2. ^ "Chinezen vergapen zich aan flitsende show 'Hollandbal'". 7 November 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Organisation". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. ^ "No Russian athletes in international korfball events". March 2022.
  5. ^ "No Russian athletes in international korfball events". March 2022.
  6. ^ "No Russian athletes in international korfball events". March 2022.
  7. ^ "Yhailand Korfball Association joins IKF". 22 January 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ "IKF Members".
  9. ^ "Beknopt historisch overzicht korfbal in (K)KNB/KNKV" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016.

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