International Korfball Federation

International Korfball Federation
Abbreviation IKF
Formation 11 June 1933 (1933-06-11)
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Zeist, Netherlands
Region served
67 national associations
Official languages
Jan Fransoo
Frans Walvis
Secretary General
Graham Crafter
Main organ
IKF Executive Committee
Affiliations SportAccord, 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 Zeist (Netherlands). 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 67 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.[1] 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.[2]


The IKF has 67 members at the moment. They are divided over five continental confederations for Europe, Asia, Americas, Africa and Oceanian. In 2015 the last three members were accepted: Morocco, Switzerland and Sri Lanka.[3]


The IKF has had six presidents until now. All six have been from the Netherlands.[4]

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
Frank Buvens Executive Committee Member Belgium Belgium
Danielle Ruts Executive Committee Member Belgium Belgium
Gert Dijkstra Special Delegate for Competitions Netherlands Netherlands
Frans Walvis Senior Vice-President Netherlands Netherlands
Graham Crafter Secretary General England England
Les Williams Continental Vice-President, Africa South Africa South 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

National team tournaments

Club tournaments

  • IKF Europa Korfball Cup
  • IKF Europa Korfball Shield

National youth team tournaments

  • IKF U23 World Korfball Championship
  • IKF U23 Pan American Korfball Championship
  • IKF U23 Asian Oceanian Korfball Championship
  • IKF U21 European Korfball Championship
  • IKF U19 Korfball World Cup
  • IKF U17 Korfball World Cup

University tournaments

  • IKF University World Korfball Cup
  • IKF University Asian Korfball Championship


  1. "Chinezen vergapen zich aan flitsende show 'Hollandbal'". 7 November 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. "Organisation". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. "Morocco, Switzerland and Sri Lanka join IKF". 9 November 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  4. "Beknopt historisch overzicht korfbal in (K)KNB/KNKV" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2016.
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