Words by:

Dean Woods



If you’re looking to find out more about refereeing korfball read the topics below and click on the links for more information.

Do you want to understand why certain decisions are made? Are you looking for a hobby where you can earn some extra money? Love korfball but can’t play as much as you did? If you answered Yes to any of these, then you may like to consider becoming a korfball referee!

How to become a qualified referee?

To take charge of an adult league match in England you will have to complete a basic referee course organised by your local area association and you must be at least 14 years old.

Referee Courses

Referee Theory courses, Level 1 and Level 2 referee courses are run by England Korfball at the request of our Area Associations. To organise a referee course, in the first instance you should speak with your clubs referee coordinator or secretary.

What are the different referee levels?

International IKF List

1A – England Korfball League (Premier and Promotional Division)

1B – National List (Promotional and Regional leagues)

R – Regional (Local leagues)

Q – Theory qualified and practical passed

How do I become the next top referee?

To referee in the England Korfball League or at International level it requires drive, dedication, experience and talent.

Referees that officiate in the England Korfball League may be put forward by the England Korfball referee sub-committee to referee International matches.

Our International referees such as Paul Jeanes and Steve Jones all started with a basic refereeing qualification.

The Rules of Korfball can be found by clicking here.