Some information on the history, rules and techniques of the game.
Korfball was invented in 1902 in the Netherlands, originally as a game for school children. Since then it has grown in popularity and is now played in almost 70 countries worldwide.
The International Korfball Federation are the global governing body of the sport and are the guardians of the rules and the international competitions. Nations compete in a World Championships and at the regular World Games. The sport has also featured in the Olympics twice.
The England Korfball Association runs the sport in this country. There are around 50 clubs around the nation and nearly 80 university teams. Clubs compete in local, regional and national competitions and universities can compete in the annual BUCS events.
The pinnacle of the sport in this country is the National League finals - check out the video opposite for some high level action.
There are lots of advanced techniques and tactics to study if you want to get good but the basics of the game are very simple. There are just two positions and three formations to learn!
This position involves standing by the post so you can catch the ball if and when your team misses a shot. A good rebounder is a vital asset for a team.
Stand with the ball in front of the post. A feeder looks to pass the ball outwards to a shooter or holds it to make a close pass if a player can get past a defender.
All four attackers on the outside and no support players. Pass the ball, look for a shot from mid-range, everyone rushes in to win the rebound.
Three on the outside and a rebound player. Move the ball around, look for a shot from range knowing you've got a man there to collect if you miss.
Both rebound and feed player are in. The two on the outside use the feeder to set up mid-range shots or look to run past a defender for an easy close in finish.