What is korfball?


Korfball is a typically Dutch fast-paced and dynamic game that is the only truly mixed team sport in the world. The principles are similar to those of netball and basketball, but the unique defending and mixed sex rules make for a much more varied game at a much faster pace. The sport is accessible to anyone, whether young or old, male or female, at beginners or advanced level. A team consists of four men and four women and the court is divided into two sections, with two males and two females in each section.

Korfball is played indoors and outdoors on a court divided into halves called zones. In each zone is a post [3.5m] with a basket (korf) at the top. The ball is similar in size as those used in football (soccer) but with more grip and bounce. Men and women play side-by-side, but duels are man to man and woman to woman. One man may guard one man and one woman may guard one woman. A woman may not defend a man nor may a man defend a woman.

Each team tries to score using tactics. The rules prevent physical strength from dominating the game. Blocking, tackling and holding are not allowed, nor are kicking or punching the ball. A player may not attempt to score when he/she is being defended. That occurs when the defender is closer to the basket and facing his opponent, and is at arm’s length and attempting to block the ball.