We made it!

Our crowdfunding was successful! We would like to THANK everyone who donated and/or supported us in any way. Many thanks to Jet, Luzia, Lizzie, Carra, and Matthias for all their efforts in the preparation of the national team for the IKF European Korfball Championship (EKC) in Poland. Let’s go…

Together to Poland!

We wish the national team a good preparation with the many planned training sessions and games in the next weeks.

Together to Poland! – Update

We are very proud of the Swiss national team, which has – for the first time – qualified for the IKF European Korfball Championship (EKC) to be held in Poland! Participating in such an international tournament means that we rely on sponsoring and donations from our friends, supporters, and fans. With this crowdfunding page, we hope to raise enough money to pay for preparation training sessions. Are you part of the Swiss Korfball crowd? Help us out, every Franc counts! Many thanks to our donors so far, but we need more, so if you can, please help us all go…

Together to Poland!

Check out the YouTube video in your preferred language: 🇬🇧 / 🇩🇪 / 🇫🇷 or go directly to our crowdfunding page here.

Thank you very much for your help!

Swiss Alp League: the full story

It was the beginning of 2019, when Swiss Korfball appointed three representatives from each of the Swiss Korfball clubs to constitute the Alp League Task Force. The goal of this team was clear: Organize the first official Korfball League in Switzerland and place the sport in the sports’ map of the country. By the end of 2019, the League’s rulebook was ready, and a 3-day League was planned. However, the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the rendezvous with Korfball history, until July 2021, when the first Swiss Korfball League, a.k.a. Alp League took place by the beautiful lake of Lausanne. Adapting to the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, Korfball Club Lausanne (KC Lausanne), Korfball Club Zürich (KCZ) and Korfball Basel competed in an exciting 1-day event, to conquer the title of the first Swiss Alp League Champion. The teams had the chance to compete twice against each other in 20-min games, under the official refereeing of Mirjam Kolf. With a mix of experienced players and new-to-the sport motivated players, all the teams gave their best to bring their club to the top of the ranking.

The tournament kept everyone on their toes as the end of the day found two Clubs, Korfball Basel and KCZ, sharing the same championship points. The tie was resolved in the total goals scored, and KCZ was declared the Swiss Alp League Champion for 2020-2021!

After the matches, the award ceremony was accompanied by pizzas, beers, and a nice lake swim, where the team members had the opportunity to relax and socialize, thus uniting the Swiss korfball community after a rather challenging period.

The Alp League Task Force would like to congratulate all the teams for their participation in this year’s championship, and especially KCZ as the new Swiss Alp League champion. Special thanks to Swiss Korfball and the KC Lausanne for their invaluable help and support, that made this event possible. Looking into the future, we would like to express our excitement and great anticipation for the upcoming 2022 Swiss Alp League, which shall offer an even more fulfilling Korfball experience, filled with more match days and suspense. Last but not least, we send all of our positive energy and support to the Swiss National Korfball team, which will compete in October in the IKF European Korfball Championship B in Poland. Hopp Schwiiz!!!

The Alp League Task Force,

Ben, Krisz, Vasilis

Together to Poland!

We are very proud of the Swiss national team, which has – for the first time – qualified for the IKF European Korfball Championship (EKC) in Lviv, Ukraine in autumn 2019. With 14 players, and under the guidance of trainer Matthias Friedel and team manager Sylvain Gfeller, we won against opponents Armenia and Greece in pool B, followed by another win in the semi-final against Ukraine, which resulted in a ticket for the EKC B in Poland!

The tournament in autumn 2020 was postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. We are thrilled to inform you that it will now definitely take place between 4th and 9th October 2021 in Wroclaw Poland. 

Participating in such an international tournament means that we rely on sponsoring and donations from our friends, supporters and fans. Not only do we need money for flights, accommodation, food and tournament fees, but also for a new set of t-shirts, hall rentals, and preparation training costs.  

In order to send our team to Poland, we need your help. With this crowdfunding page, we hope to raise enough money to pay for preparation trainings and minimize the amount our players pay themselves. Are you part of the Swiss Korfball crowd? Help us out, every Franc counts!

With your contribution, you not only help out the Swiss National team, you also support a team sport that embodies diversity and gender equality. Our team consists of players with different backgrounds, and as the only mixed-gender team sports, we stand for gender equality.

Thank you very much for your help!

Help us all go…

Together to Poland!

Check out the YouTube video in your preferred language: 🇬🇧 / 🇩🇪 / 🇫🇷 or go directly to our crowdfunding page here.

Korfball Club Zürich wins Swiss Alp League

We congratulate Korfball Club Zürich for winning the National Championship Korfball 2020-2021.

We thank the official IKF-referee for leading all games, the Swiss Alp League task force for the excellent organization, KC Lausanne for hosting the event, our social media manager/photographer, and all players, coaches, and supporters for their participation on this wonderful day.
More stories about the day will follow!

Korfball Club Zürich
Korfball Basel
KC Lausanne
Swiss Alp League will take place on 26 June

The Swiss Alp League, the national competition korfball, is ON! On the 26th June, we will find out which club can call itself National Champion season 2020-2021! The event will take place in Centre sportif universitaire de Dorigny in Lausanne.

We will adhere to all COVID-19 regulations still in place. For this reason, the event will take place outdoors. To protect the players from any injuries, we play at an outdoor court with artificial grass. The maximum amount of people outdoors at the moment is 50, so spectators are allowed but they should still respect the limit of 50-people gathering.

The winner-club of this competition will be the officially IKF-recognized Swiss National Champion, and the team will be eligible to participate in European korfball club competitions.

Training sessions in June in Bern!

Two korfball training sessions will be organized in Bern on 21 and 28 June. At these Mondays, trainers from other clubs will give a training for all interested.

So if you are a korfball player in the region Bern, or if you would like to try out this new sport, please join us. Experienced players AND people trying this fun sport for the first time are both welcome! More information can be found at the Facebook page of Korfball Bern, and the latest news regarding the events can be found here. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

Update Erasmus+ project

On Saturday 08.05.2021, we had our Erasmus+ meeting, which was hosted by the international korfball federation (IKF). The Erasmus+ project helps us spread the korfball love throughout Switzerland even more, so we as Swiss Korfball can grow and let as many people as possible know about our awesome sport!

All three korfball clubs were represented at the meeting: Geert from Lausanne, Vasileios from Basel, and Louise from Zurich. Of course, it was online due to COVID-19, but it was great seeing and talking to our colleagues from France, the Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Wales again!

We got some great new ideas on how to get korfball in Switzerland growing from baby shoes right now to perhaps 10-year-old shoes in 2023 and beyond! End of August, our next Erasmus+ meeting takes us to Ukraine (if the situation allows it of course) to have some live sessions, workshops, courses, and continue learning from each other.

Geert, Vasileios, Louise
“Korfball. Together, everywhere, everybody.”

Korfball in Switzerland now —————– Korfball in Switzerland in 2024 (?)
Swiss Korfball partner of IKF for Erasmus+

Last year, Swiss Korfball worked with the IKF on the development of training material. This resulted in a training manual with a variety of instruction videos on basic korfball techniques such as the long-distance shot

These projects are great opportunities for Swiss Korfball to participate in the international development of the sport as well as to build connections with the IKF and other countries. We are therefore pleased to be selected again to partner with the International Korfball Federation (IKF) for a new Erasmus+ project. Erasmus+ is a program from the European Union that finances the development of sport (besides many other things). Switzerland is 1 of the 6 partner countries of the IKF for a program on Youth Korfball Development. Our contribution includes the participation in developing material to support youth korfball internationally. Furthermore, we will organize a Youth Korfball Activity in Switzerland towards the end of 2021.

Louise Otterman (Zürich) and Geert Hendriks (Lausanne) will represent Swiss Korfball in this program, including 3 workshops that will be held (COVID allowing) in France (May), Poland (July) and Ukraine (November). We have the option to include a 3rd person from Swiss Korfball. If you are interested to find out more, contact Geert. For more information, see the IKF website.

COVID-19 update, March/April 2021

The current situation in Switzerland regarding COVID-19 is slowly improving, which makes us hopeful we can play the Swiss Alp League later this spring, but unfortunately, we have to postpone the start a bit longer. We are now aiming to organize the national competition as a one-day tournament on 26 June in Lausanne, where we hope to find the Swiss National Champion Korfball 2020-2021. Your local club will keep you informed when training is allowed to resume in your city.

In addition, the selection for the national team was postponed to 21/22 August, all eligible players have been informed. We hope we will be able to high-five soon again, like we did in Lviv when we qualified for the European Championship (picture).

We hope to play korfball again soon!

General Assembly Meeting (AGM)

On 5 February, we held this year’s Swiss Korfball AGM virtually. All clubs participated with two or three delegates from their committee. A few key things have happened during the AGM that we would like to share with all korfballers in Switzerland. First of all, Gian Reto and Renate have left the Swiss Korfball board – from this place another big thanks for all your efforts! Kerim joined the Swiss Korfball board as our new treasurer and he already has many great ideas on how to move our federation forward. Welcome Kerim to the Swiss Korfball board!

We have made the honorary membership of our national team coach Matthias Friedel official. He has been involved with Swiss Korfball from the start and he showed great commitment traveling to train us. He has been key in the development of our vision 2023, selection policy, and other development plans. Congratulations again and we look forward to continue working with you.

We also have updated our statutes, with as main change the translation from French to English (so all of us understand) and the change of the financial year from calendar year to match the sport season. This means we will already plan the next AGM in Autumn 2021.

Lastly, we have looked back at all the amazing activities we have done in
2020 – despite COVID-19. We are truly proud of all that we are
achieving and the spirit among those that were present.

COVID-19 update, Feb 2021

The current situation in Switzerland regarding COVID-19 is unfortunately not improving enough to allow us to hold the Swiss Alp League on the planned dates in the first months of 2021. Therefore, the start of the Swiss Alp League has been postponed to 18 April in Basel, making the previously mentioned dates limited to option 2 or option 3 (see below).

Your local club will keep you informed when the trainings are allowed to resume, and after at least one full month of training we will start the Swiss Alp League to find the national champion 2020-2021.

We are looking forward to playing korfball again, which we hope will be soon!

Check out these korfball instruction videos

Swiss Korfball is proud that we were one of the collaborators of an Erasmus+ 2020 project that aimed to develop the IKF Level I and Level II Coach Course handbooks. We thank Jet and especially Geert for their contributions to this project. Part of the handbook are very interesting korfball instruction videos, which you can find here. The videos have been produced with the help of the Dutch korfball club PKC, the Dutch national team, commentator Tom Brady and Grinta Media. We hope that this video material will be utilized by not only the Swiss korfball clubs, but also the global korfball community in the years to come. You can find more info here.

Swiss Korfball wishes you a healthy and sportive 2021!

We hope to start playing korfball and training again very soon. Unfortunately, the planned events of January and February have been cancelled due to the current situation regarding COVID-19. We follow all national and local guidelines. Your local club will keep you informed if/when the trainings are allowed to resume, and after at least one full month of training we will start the Swiss Alp League to find the national champion 2020-2021.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays

COVID-19 update, Dec 2020

The current situation in Switzerland regarding COVID-19 is unfortunately not allowing us to hold the Swiss Alp League on the planned dates in January, February, and March 2021. In consultation with the club presidents and the Swiss Alp League taskforce, there are alternative plans that will be pursued. We have chosen to keep the current planned dates of korfball events and prioritize the Swiss Alp League over the other planned events, giving us three options:

  • Option 1: 13 March in Lausanne, 18 April in Basel, 29 May in Zürich.
    The decision will be taken early February. Criteria: Clubs are able to train fully for a month (i.e. from 13.02 onward) and we are allowed to play games between clubs in all cantons.
  • Option 2: 18 April in Basel, 29 May in Zürich, 26 June in Lausanne.
    The decision will be taken early March. Criteria: Clubs are able to train fully for a full month (i.e. from 18.03 onward) and we are allowed to play games between clubs in all cantons.
  • Option 3: A one-day tournament on either 29 May in Zürich or on 26 June in Lausanne.

Clubs are encouraged to organize a Match Day instead should there be a possibility to do so on shorter notice in the months of January and February on the previously planned dates. We hope that we can continue the current level of growth end enthusiasm for korfball in Switzerland, and will do everything possible within the boundaries of COVID-19 to keep korfball going.

Note: the selections for the national team still occur in the weekend of 17/18 April, irrespective of the other activities planned in the same weekend.

COVID-19 update, Nov 2020

In response to the current situation, Swiss Korfball has produced a national policy which is applicable to all korfball activities that are taking place in Switzerland. Download and read the policy here (only available in German).

Additionally, Korfball Club Zürich have produced a procedure under which indoor korfball training sessions are able to resume. Download and read the procedure here.

Our national team qualifies for the European Korfball Championship B!

November 2019
Last month, the Swiss national team played at the qualification tournament for the IKF European Korfball Championship (EKC) in Lviv, Ukraine. With 14 players, and under the guidance of trainer Matthias Friedel and team manager Sylvain Gfeller, we won against opponents Armenia and Greece in pool B, followed by another win in the semi-final against Ukraine, which resulted in a ticket for the EKC B in October in Poland! More info on the tournament can be found via this link, and if you cannot get enough of watching (of haven’t seen them yet), you can find the matches of Switzerland against Armenia, Greece, the semi-final against host country Ukraine, and the final against Turkey in the links. Congratulations to the whole team, and also to Jet Bosma, who was awarded the most valuable female player award of the tournament! You all made us very proud! We are looking forward to the EKC, which will be held from 5-10 October 2020 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Update 2020: the EKC has been postponed to 4-9 October 2021. More information can be found via the IKF website.