Korfball is as mixed gender game, similar to mixed netball or basketball, in which a team consists of four men and four women. The aim of the game is to put the ball (which is similar to a football in size and weight), through a basket which is 3.5 metres in the air (much higher than the basket in basketball or netball!).
Through teamwork and tactics the attacking team tries to generate opportunities to shoot without the defending team marking or “defending” them. Although korfball is a mixed sport, only men can mark men (or “defend” men) and women can defend women.
A korfball pitch is divided into two halves, with two men and two women from each side in each half. One team is defending and one attacking in the same half, and vice‑versa in the other half. Once two goals have been scored all players swap ends and swap roles (i.e. defenders become attackers and attackers become defenders). In contrast to netball, there are no fixed positions and the game is designed so that there is no advantage in being male, female, tall, short etc – the idea is to co-operate with your team mates to get through the opposition defence.
Confused? Come along to training – it is really not as complicated as it sounds!
Korfball was invented in Holland in 1903, and has been played in Britain since the 1940s. Abingdon Korfball Club have teams entered into Division 1 and Division 2 of the Oxfordshire League managed by the Oxfordshire Korfball Association (OKA) and on a larger scale is part of the English Korfball Association (EKA).