The “traditional” version of Korfball is played 8×8 primarily indoors (though sometimes outdoors). This is the longest-running version of the sport, beginning in 1902 in the Netherlands. Learn more below: 

Court and Equipment

  • The court is 20 m × 40 m (22 yd × 44 yd), divided into two zones
  • The hoops are 3.5m (11.5 ft) high with no backboard, positioned two-thirds of the distance between the center and the back line
  • The ball size and weight is in between a volleyball and a men’s basketball
  • Shots are always worth 1 point
  • Penalty shots (like basketball free-throws) are taken from the penalty line 2.5m from the hoop

Game Structure

  • 8×8 mixed gender (four males and four females on a team); you can only defend your own gender
  • Substitutions are allowed during a game interruption
  • Time is traditionally two halves of 25 minutes each playing time (depending on tournament rules, each half can be divided into two periods)
  • A shot clock limits the time to attack to 25 seconds (tournament rules may differ)

Game Play

  • No dribbling
  • Number of steps: At a basic level, like basketball you get a pivot foot and ~1.5 steps (except a “step-through” is not allowed from a stationary position). 
  • Minimal contact. Limited screening. No direct handoffs.
  • No hitting the ball out of hands
  • No double teams.
  • Shooting form: In the US we use a standard “basketball-style” shooting technique, though most international Korfballers use a specific two-hand technique (in order to shoot quicker and from a longer distance)
  • Closely guarded rule: the offensive player cannot shoot if the defender is a) within arm’s length, b) is between the offensive player and the hoop, c) is actively trying to block the shot. This is the trickiest rule! It is used to prevent very tall/big players from having an advantage. 
  • Loose balls go to the person who first puts their hand on the ball

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