A twelve-a-side ball-handling field game of Dutch origins invented for mixed teams of males and females, who directly encounter in play only opponents of the same sex. The game is lauded by its enthusiasts as the world's only genuinely mixed team sport, based too on the fairness of the direct competition between the players. It was invented by an Amsterdam educator, Nico Broekhuysen (1876–1958) in 1901–2. The International Korfball Federation was established in 1933 (from a predecessor organization dating from 1923), and the sport, with 57 affiliated national associations (Asian and North and South American as well as European), has gained recognition from the International Olympic Committee. The game is played on both outdoor and indoor pitches.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.