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Korfball
A team sport for women and men


Korfball is the world's only dedicated mixed team sport. Developed in 1902 by an Amsterdam teacher for pupils of a coeducational school, it has developed into a competitive and international sport, still upholding the values of controlled contact and cooperative play.


Korfball is played by two teams, each consisting of four female and four male players. The objective is to throw a ball through a 'korf', a rattan basket fixed at the top of a 3.5 meter high post. The posts are fixed at 1/6 of both ends of the pitch measuring 20 by 40 meters,thus allowing to shoot while approaching the 'korf' from the rear side. Uncontrolled contact is prohibited, as is dribbling or running with the ball. The game requires highly versatile athletes, since the players must alternate between attacking and defending positions after every two goals. The game is played in two halves of 30 minutes each.


Goals are scored from a variety of positions, including shots at high speed in close proximity to the basket, shots from as far away as 15 meters with unbelievable accuracy, and penalty shots after severe fouls.


Korfball is played in well over 40 countries and across all continents, it has appeared on every program of The World Games since 1985 London.
International Korfball Federation
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