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Korfball
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Outdoor korfball match in the Netherlands
Highest governing body International Korfball Federation
First played 1902
Characteristics
Contact Limited
Team members 8 per side: 4 male players and 4 female players
Mixed gender Yes
Type Team sport, ball sport
Equipment Korfball
Venue Korfball court
Presence
Olympic Demonstration sport in 1920 and 1928

Korfball (Dutch: korfbal) is a ball sport, with similarities to netball and basketball. It is played by two teams of eight players with four female players and four male players in each team. The objective is to throw a ball into a netless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m (11.5 feet) high pole.

The sport was invented by Dutch school teacher Nico Broekhuysen in 1902. In the Netherlands, there are approximately 500 clubs and more than 90,000 people playing korfball. The sport is also played in Belgium and Taiwan, and in nearly 70 other countries.

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