IKF World Korfball Championship
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2023 IKF World Korfball Championship
SportKorfball
Founded1978
No. of teams24 (finals)
ContinentInternational (IKF)
Most recent
champion(s)
 Netherlands (11th title)
(2023)
Most titles Netherlands
(11 titles)
Official websiteInternational Korfball Federation

The IKF World Korfball Championship is an international korfball competition contested by the national teams of the members of International Korfball Federation (IKF), the sport's global governing body. The championship has been awarded roughly every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1978. The current champions are the Netherlands, who won the 2023 IKF World Korfball Championship.

The 12 World Championships have been won by two different national teams. The Netherlands have won all but one time, losing only to Belgium in the 1991 Korfball World Championship.

Results

World Korfball Championship results
Year Host Winners Score Runners-up Third Place Score Fourth Place Teams
1978
Details
 Netherlands  Netherlands 14–13
(a.e.t.)
 Belgium  West Germany 20–15
(a.e.t.)
 Great Britain 8
1984
Details
 Belgium  Netherlands 11–9  Belgium  West Germany 7–5  Great Britain 8
1987
Details
 Netherlands  Netherlands 9–7  Belgium  Great Britain 9–5
(a.e.t.)
 Chinese Taipei 12
1991
Details
 Belgium  Belgium 11–10  Netherlands  Chinese Taipei 10–8  Germany 12
1995
Details
 India  Netherlands 21–13  Belgium  Portugal 13–11  Australia 12
1999
Details
 Australia  Netherlands 23–11  Belgium  Great Britain 24–22  Germany 12
2003
Details
 Netherlands  Netherlands 22–9  Belgium  Czech Republic 21–15  Chinese Taipei 16
2007
Details
 Czech Republic  Netherlands 23–10  Belgium  Czech Republic 19–14  Portugal 16
2011
Details
 China  Netherlands 32–26  Belgium  Chinese Taipei 33–16  Catalonia 16
2015
Details
 Belgium  Netherlands 27–18  Belgium  Chinese Taipei 21–12  England 16
2019
Details
 South Africa  Netherlands 31–18  Belgium  Chinese Taipei 25–16  China 20
2023
Details
 Taiwan  Netherlands 27–9  Chinese Taipei  Belgium 26–11  Czech Republic 24
2027
Details
 Netherlands TBA

Titles by team

Teams reaching the top four

Teams to reach the top four
Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Total top 4
 Netherlands 11 (1978*, 1984, 1987*, 1995, 1999, 2003*, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023) 1 (1991) 12
 Belgium 1 (1991*) 10 (1978, 1984*, 1987, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015*, 2019) 1 (2023) 12
 Chinese Taipei 1 (2023*) 4 (1991, 2011, 2015, 2019) 2 (1987, 2003) 7
 England# 2 (1987, 1999) 3 (1978, 1984, 2015) 5
 Germany^ 2 (1978, 1984) 2 (1991, 1999) 4
 Czech Republic 2 (2003, 2007*) 1 (2023) 3
 Portugal 1 (1995) 1 (2007) 2
 Australia 1 (1995) 1
 Catalonia 1 (2011) 1
 China 1 (2019) 1
* = hosts
^ = includes results representing West Germany between 1978 and 1987
# = includes results representing Great Britain between 1978 and 2003

Appearances

Debut of teams

Each successive World Championship has had at least one team appearing for the first time.

Year Debutants Total
1978  Belgium
 Great Britain
 Luxembourg
 Netherlands
 Papua New Guinea
 Spain
 United States
 West Germany
8
1984  Australia
 France
2
1987  Aruba
 Chinese Taipei
 Indonesia
 Portugal
4
1991  Armenia
 Germany
 India
3
1995  Czech Republic
 Slovakia
 South Africa
3
1999  Catalonia
 Japan
 Poland
3
2003  Hungary 1
2007  China
 England
 Russia
3
2011  Hong Kong
 Wales
2
2015  Brazil 1
2019  Ireland
 Macau
 New Zealand
 Suriname
4
2023  Malaysia
 Philippines
 Thailand
 Turkey
4
Total 39

Note: The IKF considers Germany a successor to West Germany. Likewise, Catalonia is seen as a successor to Spain.

Comprehensive team results by tournament

Legend

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team results by tournament
Team 1978
(8)
1984
(8)
1987
(12)
1991
(12)
1995
(12)
1999
(12)
2003
(16)
2007
(16)
2011
(16)
2015
(16)
2019
(20)
2023
(24)
 Argentina × × × × × × × × × × ×
 Armenia × × × 8th 9th × 15th × × × × ×
 Aruba × × 8th 10th × × × × × × × ×
 Australia × 7th 6th 9th 4th 7th 7th 8th 12th 11th 14th 12th
 Belgium 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd
 Brazil × × × × × × × × × 16th 22nd
 Catalonia[a] 6th 5th 11th × × 8th 9th 9th 4th 5th 10th 10th
 China × × × × × × × 16th 11th 7th 4th ×
 Chinese Taipei × × 4th 3rd 5th 6th 4th 5th 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd
 Colombia × × × × × × × × × x
 Costa Rica × × × × × × × × × × x
 Czech Republic × × × × 7th × 3rd 3rd 8th 9th 7th 4th
 Dominican Republic × × x x × × × × × × × ×
 England[b] 4th 4th 3rd 5th 8th 3rd 5th 7th 5th 4th 9th 8th
 France × 8th 12th × × × × × × × ×
 Germany[c] 3rd 3rd 5th 4th 6th 4th 8th 11th 9th 6th 5th 6th
 Hong Kong × × × × × × × × 14th 12th 17th 14th
 Hungary × × × × × × 10th 10th 13th 12th 9th
 India × × × 11th 12th 11th 14th 12th 13th × × 19th
 Indonesia × × 10th 12th × × × × × x
 Ireland × × × × × × × × 16th 17th
 Japan × × × × × 12th 16th × × 15th 20th
 Luxembourg 8th × × × × × × × × × × x
 Macau × × × × × × × × 20th x
 Malaysia × × × × × × × × × × 21st
 Malawi × × × × × × × × × × x
 Mexico × × × × × × × × × × x
 Netherlands 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
 New Zealand × × × × × × × 18th 16th
 Pakistan × × × × × × × × × × x
 Papua New Guinea 7th × × × × × × × × × × ×
 Philippines × × × × × × × × × × 24th
 Poland × × × × × 9th 12th 14th 10th 14th 11th 11th
 Portugal × × 9th 6th 3rd 5th 6th 4th 7th 10th 8th 7th
 Russia × × × × × × × 6th 6th 8th × x
 Scotland × × × × × × × × x
 Serbia × × × × × × × × x
 Slovakia × × × × 10th × 13th × 13th 15th
 South Africa × × × × 11th 10th 11th 15th 16th 15th 19th 23rd
 South Korea × × × × × × × × x
 Suriname × × × × × × × × × × 6th 5th
 Thailand × × × × × × × × × × × 18th
 Turkey × × × × × × × × × 13th
 United States 5th 6th 7th 7th × × × 13th × × × x
 Wales × × × × × × × × 15th x
 Zambia × × × × × × × × × x
 Zimbabwe × × × × × × × × x

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Catalonia is considered as the successor of Spain and only competed for the first time under the name Catalonia in 1999.
  2. ^ England is considered the successor team of Great Britain, which competed until (and including) 2003 but then split.
  3. ^ Germany competed as West Germany until 1990.