Beach Korfball Olympic Relationship

The World's Newest Beach Sport

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) has nearly 70 member countries and is an International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognized federation. The traditional Indoor Korfball and the new Beach Korfball are distinct disciplines within the IKF.

Indoor Korfball is an official event in the World Games (last edition: Birmingham, AL, USA '22), a quadrennial event supported by the IOC for sports that are sometimes in or not yet in the Olympics.

Korfball was a demonstration event in the 1920 and 1928 Olympics (prior to basketball's official inclusion in 1936). The newly formed IKF Olympic Format Taskforce, of which PNW Beach Korfball members are a part of, is preparing a plan to have a new Korfball discipline be reintroduced to major events like the Olympics.

PNW Beach Korfball is a member of the US Korfball Federation and IKF Beach Korfball.

The inaugural Beach Korfball World Championships took place August 19-20, 2022 in Morocco. PNW Beach Korfball represented the United States and earned a top-10 finish in their first-ever tournament (see highlights).

As the sport continues to gain global popularity with more international tournaments, Beach Korfball hopes to be included as its own event in future World Games (next edition: Chengdu, China 2025) and in future World Beach Games hosted by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC; next edition: Bali, Indonesia 2023).