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
68 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 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.[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
1946 1954 S.A. Wilson Netherlands
1954 1964 H.J. Venema Netherlands
1964 1981 Herman Duns Netherlands
1981 1988 Jo Roosenschoon Netherlands
1988 2003 Bob de Die Netherlands
2003 Jan Fransoo 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
Frank Buvens Executive Committee Member Belgium
Danielle Ruts Executive Committee Member Belgium
Gert Dijkstra Special Delegate for Competitions Netherlands
Frans Walvis Senior Vice-President Netherlands
Graham Crafter Secretary General England
Les Williams Continental Vice-President, Africa South Africa
Ying-Che Huang Continental Vice-President, Asia Chinese Taipei
Tim Miller Continental Vice-President, Oceania Australia
Vacant Continental Vice-President, Europe Europe

IKF structured tournaments


  1. "Chinezen vergapen zich aan flitsende show 'Hollandbal'". 7 November 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. "Organisation". Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. "Yhailand Korfball Association joins IKF". 22 January 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  4. "Beknopt historisch overzicht korfbal in (K)KNB/KNKV" (PDF). Retrieved 3 April 2016.
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