About Korfball

Korfball is a fast-paced, mixed-sex team sport. It's accessible to all, and most of our players hadn't played before they joined the club.

Originating in the Netherlands, Korfball can be best described a mix between netball, basketball and handball, but it is arguably a more varied and dynamic game. It is also a highly social game, with lots of pub nights, socials, formals, etc.

There are numerous leagues around the UK, and it is played in about 20 UK universities. Cambridge University Korfball Club plays in the National Student Korfball Championships as well as the local Cambridgeshire Korfball Association leagues. Our club's players are also eligible for half-blues.

Some basic rules: Each team has 8 players (4 women, 4 men) split into two divisions. Each division plays against a division from another team on one half of the court. At any one time one division from each team will be attacking, and the other defending. After two goals, these roles switch over, so that players in the attacking division become defenders and vice versa.

Men defend men, women defend women (otherwise fouls are called!). Attacking players can only shoot when they are not 'defended' (within arms reach of their defender) and cant take more than 2 steps when they have the ball - so clever, accurate, and rapid passing is required to score. Goals are scored by getting the ball through a 3.5m-high basket ('korf') which has no back board, so the style of shooting is different from that of basketball and netball.

Defenders aim to intercept the possession of the attacking team, and get the ball back to their team's attacking division. In any game you can expect to defend 50% of the time, and attack 50% of the time!

The game is very easy to pick up, so come along and give it a go!

For further information take a look at Wikipedia or the English Korfball Association website or send us an email at c.u.korfball@sport.cam.ac.uk.

Please read our Code of Conduct and Health and Safety Policy to find out more about how we work as a club. All our players must be familiar with the contents of both documents.