Legal Requirements and Rules of Korfball

Legal Requirements and Rules of Korfball


A net and ball sport that was adopted out of basketball, korfball is mostly an all female sport (but i can be co-ed) that traces its roots back to early 1900s Dutch. The sport is now very popular in Belgium and Taiwan, and currently has 569 clubs with over 100,000 regular players worldwide.


How to play Korfball?


The object of korfball is to shoot the type five regulation ball in the hoop as many times as possible before time runs out. The team with the most points at the end of the game is declared the winner.


Other than the ball, a regulation court, and proper netting for the hoop, there isn’t much equipment used in korfball. Like basketball, players should rely on teamwork and passing to move the ball upcourt. From there, a good deal of hand-eye coordination will be needed to score baskets.


Rules of Korfball


  • Each team will have a total of eight players. In a co-ed league, this can either be a team full of women, or a team with four men and four women.
  • The game can be played on either a smaller indoor court (44 yards long by 22 yards wide), or on an outdoor court (66 yards long by 33 yards wide). The korfball goal stands at 11.5 feet above the ground, slightly higher than a basketball goal.
  • A game will be split into two, 25 to 30 minute periods -- depending on the league.
  • Unlike basketball, once a player has possession, they can only take one step before having to pass or shoot. This encourages teamwork.
  • Also unlike basketball, blocking and stealing the ball are discouraged and even prohibited in some leagues.
  • There are four players in the defensive zone and four players in the offensive zone of the court. Once two goals have been scored, players from each zone will switch to give other members a chance to score.
  • In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the game is declared a draw. This is to retain the friendly nature of the sport.


Not surprising, the Netherlands have absolutely dominated the world championships in korfball -- given that they’re the originators of the sport. To expand the international reach of the sport, the 2019 korfball world championships will be held in South Africa.









Written by: Devin Pickell

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