What is korfball?

Korfball is an exciting, dynamic, mixed gender sport that originates from The Netherlands. It was invented by a school teacher, Nico Broekhuysen, in 1902 as a gender-equal sport accessible to all ages and abilities, encouraging team work and cooperation. It has similarities to netball, handball and basketball, but is a unique sport in its own right! The unique defending and mixed sex rules make for a much more varied, tactical game at a much faster pace. 

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A team on court consists of 4 boys and 4 girls split into 2 divisions (attack and defence). Both divisions get to attack and defend during the game meaning there are no set positions like in many other sports. 

 

The aim of the game is to shoot the ball into the korf (the big yellow thing!) by creating enough space between you and your defending player. Girls can only mark girls and boys can only mark boys. This allows for the development of attacking moves and strategies to work together as a team to create shooting opportunities. It is possible to shoot from any position around the post, even from behind it!

Have a watch of the video below for a more detailed explanation of the rules...