What is Korfball?

Around 1902, inspired by a game he had seen during a summer course in Sweden, Dutch school teacher Nico Broekhuysen developed korfball as an outdoor sport for mixed groups of boys and girls. This led to the establishment of the Netherlands Korfball Association. Korfball was later demonstrated at the Olympic Games of 1920 in Antwerp, Belgium – which led to greater popularity throughout Europe.

Korfball is a sport played on a rectangular field of play whereby a team of four female players and four male players try to shoot a ball into a korf (basket). The players of the team are split into two zones–attack and defense. Each zone consists of two men and two women. After every two goals, all players switch their zone giving the opportunity for attackers to become defenders and vice versa. The players can only defend players of the same sex. Each goal is worth 1 point. Unlike basketball, there is no dribbling with the ball. Passing and movement without the ball are staples of the game!