Korfball regulations | Published 28 May 2021

KOR i The BUCS Korfball Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, the International Korfball Federation (IKF) Rules of Korfball, and the British Student Korfball Association (BSKA) Rules and Constitution. Further event specific requirements, rules, and regulations will be contained within the entry and pre-event information for each Championships.

KOR ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

KOR iii In the event that these regulations contradict the International Korfball Federation (IKF) Rules of Korfball or the British Student Korfball Association (BSKA) Rules and Constitution, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


KOR 1 Affiliations All institutions must affiliate with the British Student Korfball Association (BSKA), in accordance with, and by the deadline stated in, the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

KOR 2 Championships – TEMPORARY CHANGE FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY For 2020-21 only, in place of the standard Korfball Championships, BUCS and the BSKA will host three regional tournaments as listed in KOR 2, subject to entry numbers. All competition specific event information will be available in the event entry information and pre-event information.

KOR 2.1 For 2020-21, there will be three separate tournaments (subject to entry numbers): North and Scotland Tournament, South-East Tournament and South-West Tournament.

KOR 2.2 Each tournament is an independent event and all teams at each tournament will be competing at Championship Level.

KOR 2.3 Teams who enter will be allocated to a tournament by BUCS and the BSKA, primarily based on their institution/Playing Entity’s geographic location.

KOR 2.4 Institutions/Playing Entities may enter more than one team.

KOR 2.5 Each tournament will take place on a single day over a minimum of two courts.

KOR 2.6 The format of each tournament is planned to be a Pools stage followed by Semi-Finals and a Final. However, BUCS and the BSKA reserve the right to amend the format based on the number of entries.

KOR 2.7 All decisions made by the BSKA Competitions Committee shall be binding, subject to any appeal to the BSKA Executive Committee as per the BSKA Rules and Constitution. The BSKA Competitions Committee shall consist of the BSKA Chairman, one other member of the BSKA Executive Committee, one referee from the day, and an independent tournament administrator.

KOR 2.8 All matches shall be played according to International Korfball Federation (IKF) Rules of Korfball, subject to the following amendments:

KOR 2.8.1 The playing time for matches and the length of half-time breaks will be confirmed for each tournament at least 48 hours prior to the event.

KOR 2.8.2 There will be one time-out permitted per team per match.

KOR 2.8.3 A substituted player can return to the match and unlimited changes are allowed. A team making a substitution must notify the referee who will only allow a substitution to be made when there is a stoppage in play.

KOR 2.8.4 Matches will begin and end on the referee’s whistle. A centralised signal will sound to indicate that referees should start and end a match.

KOR 2.8.5 Any team that is not ready to start playing on the central signal will concede one goal for each minute they are late. This is to be determined by the match referee.

KOR 2.8.6 For all matches, the ‘home’ team shall be determined by a coin toss between the two captains prior to the start of the match, overseen by the match referee. Captains and the referee should meet by the side of the court during the warm-up to perform this coin toss. The ‘home’ team has a choice of ends, must lay out first and takes the throw off.

KOR 2.8.7 There will be 15-minute gaps scheduled between matches, these gaps will include time for any warm-ups required by teams for the following match.

KOR 2.8.8 Following the conclusion of each match, each team should immediately vacate the pitch to allow the following teams to warm up. The captain for each team must go to the referee to sign the match card to validate the result. At this point, the referee should also write the name of their nominated MVP on the match card.

KOR 2.9 For pool matches, points will be awarded according to the results of the matches played: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss.

KOR 2.10 In the case when 2 or more teams finish with equal points the ranking positions shall be determined by:

  1. Head-to-head result (if 2 teams are equal on points)
  2. Goal difference in the matches between the teams on equal points (if more than 2 teams are equal on points)
  3. Overall Goal difference
  4. Goals scored

KOR 2.10.1 If there is still no difference to be seen between teams following this ranking then placing shall be determined by a best of three penalty shootout. If still a tie after this, a sudden death penalty shootout between the teams will take place. The team captain must inform the referee before the shoot-out begins of their chosen 8 penalty takers (made up of 4 men and 4 women) to take part in the shoot-out. These 8 can be selected from any of the named squad regardless of whether they finished on the pitch in the last pool match. In the event all 8 players have taken a penalty, the sudden death shoot-out will continue with the same 8 players taking penalties again in the same order as previously taken.

KOR 2.10.2 The BSKA Competitions Committee shall have the power to take a different course of action should any of the matches being considered for determining the rankings be ones that have been forfeited or awarded to their opponents.

KOR 2.13 In the knockout stages, if the result is tied, a best of three penalty shoot-out followed by a sudden death penalty shootout shall be used to determine the winner.

KOR 2.14 In the knockout stages the players taking penalties must have finished the match on the pitch.

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KOR 2 Championships

KOR 2.1 There will be a three stage tournament format provided for BUCS Korfball. The three rounds will be: Preliminary, Regional and National.

KOR 2.2 In order to participate in any stage, a team must enter at the start of the season and compete throughout.

KOR 2.3 Institutions may enter more than one team.

KOR 2.4 There will be eight preliminary competitions. Teams will be allocated by the BSKA and BUCS to their appropriate preliminary competition primarily based on geographical location. Five teams will progress from each preliminary competition to their respective regional competition.

KOR 2.4.1 A minimum of two 1st teams must progress from each preliminary competition.

KOR 2.4.2 Each preliminary competition will be a one day tournament with the format determined by the BSKA Executive, dependent on the number of entries into each preliminary.

KOR 2.4.3 Final standings in the preliminary competitions will affect seeding in the next round.

KOR 2.4.4 Those teams that do not qualify for regional competitions will progress directly into the National Plate competition.

KOR 2.5 There will be four regional competitions. Each regional competition will be fed by two preliminary competitions and will be made up of the 10 qualifying teams from those competitions. Four teams will progress from each regional competition to compete at the National Championship competition. The teams that finish 5th-9th at each regional competition will progress to the National Trophy competition. The team finishing 10th at each regional competition will progress to the National Plate competition.

KOR 2.5.1 Only 1st teams may progress to the National Championship competition.

KOR 2.5.2 Each regional competition will be a one day tournament over a minimum of two pitches. The format of the tournament will be Pools/Semi-Finals/Finals.

KOR 2.5.3 Final standings in the regional competitions will affect seeding in the next round.

KOR 2.6 There will be a National Championship competition. This will comprise of the top four teams from each regional competition. The National Championship competition will be held over two days. The format of the tournament will be Pools/Quarter-Finals/Semi-Finals/Finals.

KOR 2.7 There will be a National Trophy competition. This will comprise of those teams that place 5th-9th in each regional competition. The National Trophy competition will be held over two days. The format of the tournament will be Pools/Quarter-Finals/Semi-Finals/Finals.

KOR 2.8 There will be a National Plate Competition. This will comprise of those teams that did not progress from the preliminary competitions and the 10th placed team from each regional competition. The format/length of the event will be dependent on the number of entries.

KOR 2.9 All decisions made by the BSKA competition committee shall be binding, subject to any appeal to the BSKA Executive Committee as per the BSKA Rules and Constitution. The Competition Committee shall consist of the BSKA Chairman, one other member of the BSKA Executive Committee, one referee from the day, and an independent tournament administrator.

KOR 2.10 All matches shall be played according to the IKF Rules of Korfball. KOR 2.10.1 and KOR 2.10.2 will apply to National Championship matches only. KOR 2.10.3 – KOR 2.10.8 will apply to all National Championship, Trophy and Plate matches.

KOR 2.10.1 All matches will be 40 minutes long (two halves of 20 minutes) and half-time will last two minutes.

KOR 2.10.2 There will be 15 minutes in between matches, this will include any warm-ups required.

KOR 2.10.3 There will be one time out permitted per team per match.

KOR 2.10.4 Competition rules prescribe that a substituted player can return to the match and a maximum of eight changes are allowed. A team making a substitution must notify the referee who will only allow a substitution to be made when there is a stoppage in play.

KOR 2.10.5 Matches will begin and end on the referee’s whistle. A centralised signal will sound to indicate that referees should start and end the match.

KOR 2.10.6 Any team that is not ready to start playing on the central signal will concede one goal for each minute they are late. This is to be determined by the match referee.

KOR 2.10.7 For all matches, the home team shall be determined by a coin toss between the two captains prior to the start of the match, overseen by the match referee. Captains and the referee should meet by the side of the court five minutes before the end of the previous match to perform this toss. The home team has choice of ends, must lay out first and takes the throw off.

KOR 2.10.8 Following each match, each team should immediately vacate the pitch to allow the following teams to warm-up. The captain for each team must go to the referee to sign the match card to validate the result. At this point the referee should also write the name of their nominated MVP on the match card.

KOR 2.11 For pool games, points will be awarded according to the results of the matches played: Three points for a win, one point for a draw, no points for a loss.

KOR 2.12 In the case when two or more teams finish with equal points in a pool the ranking positions shall be determined by;

  1. Head to head result (if two teams are equal on points)
  2. Goal difference in the matches between the teams on equal points (if more than two teams are equal on points)
  3. Overall goal difference
  4. Goals scored

KOR 2.12.1 If there is still no difference to be seen between teams following this ranking then placing shall be determined by a best of three penalty shootout. If still a tie after this, a sudden death penalty shootout between the teams will take place. The team captain must inform the referee before the shootout begins of their chosen eight penalty takers (made up of four men and four women) to take part in the shootout. These eight can be selected from any of the named squad regardless of whether they finished on the pitch in the last pool game. In the event all eight players have taken a penalty, the sudden death shootout will continue with the same eight players taking penalties again in the same order as previously taken.

KOR 2.12.2 The Competition Committee shall have the power to take a different course of action should any of the matches being considered for determining the rankings be ones that have been forfeited or awarded to their opponents.

KOR 2.13 In the knockout stages, if the result is tied, a best of three penalty shootout followed by a sudden death penalty shootout shall be used to determine the winner.

KOR 2.14 In the knockout stages, players taking penalties must have finished the game on the pitch.

KOR 3 Squads, team selection and eligibility – TEMPORARY CHANGE FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY

KOR 3.1 Following teams being entered on BUCS Play, players who wish to be eligible for selection for a team must apply to join, and be accepted into, the team’s squad on BUCS Play by the deadline listed in the entry information.

KOR 3.2 When registering at the event, each team will be required to complete a team sheet listing their chosen players for the Championships from those listed in the squad declaration on BUCS Play. The maximum squad size shall be 14 players (seven males and seven females) and the minimum acceptable squad size shall be eight players (four males and four females). Individuals who are not in the squad on BUCS Play will not be eligible to compete. Student IDs will be checked on the day at registration.

KOR 3.3 Individuals are not permitted to be named, or play, for more than one team at the same tournament.

KOR 3.4 Where an institution/Playing Entity has entered more than one team, the first team should always be the strongest team available to represent that institution/Playing Entity, followed by the second team, third team and so on.

KOR 3.5 For BUCS eligibility regulations, refer to REG 4.

KOR 3.6 Any individual wishing to represent a member institution must satisfy the required National Governing Body demands for player registration at a club.

KOR 3.7 Any team found to be playing ineligible players is likely to be disqualified from the event and subject to a financial penalty at the discretion of the BSKA Executive Committee.

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KOR 3 Squads A squad will consist of a maximum of six females and six males. All squad lists should be submitted prior to the start of the competition.

KOR 4 Player eligibility and team selection

KOR 4.1 For BUCS player eligibility and team selection regulations, refer to REG 6 and REG 7.

KOR 4.2 Any team found to be playing ineligible players is likely to be disqualified from the event and subject to a financial penalty at the discretion of the BSKA Executive Committee.

KOR 4.3 Any individual wishing to represent a member institution must satisfy the required National Governing Body demands for player registration at a club.

KOR 5 Misconduct

KOR 5.1 The BSKA Competitions Committee shall be empowered to suspend a player from one or more matches during a tournament, following the giving of either a straight red card, or two yellow cards.

KOR 5.2 In addition, in all of the following cases the referee is required to submit a full report of the incident(s) to the BSKA Competitions Committee where it will be dealt with using the BSKA Disciplinary Regulations.

KOR 5.2.1 A referee sends from the playing area (red card) a player, coach, substitute or other person attached to the team.

KOR 5.2.2 A referee formally warns a player, coach, substitute or other person attached to the team (yellow card).

KOR 5.2.3 A referee is aware of misconduct by spectators.

KOR 5.3 The BSKA is empowered to call for any additional information it may deem necessary. Should this information not be forthcoming then the case shall be considered on the evidence in the BSKA’s possession at the time. The player(s) and their club(s) shall be entitled to attend the hearing of the case if they have requested to do so.

KOR 6 Protests

KOR 6.1 The tournament desk must be notified of any protest connected with the playing of a match within five minutes of the match concerned. The referee must be advised by the team captain, immediately after the match concerned, of the intention to protest.

KOR 6.2 The BSKA Competitions Committee shall have the power to make decisions on any matter not specifically covered in the rules and to vary the rules concerning the conditions of play should this be necessary for the smooth running of the competition.

KOR 7 Fines – TEMPORARY CHANGE FOR 2020-21 SEASON ONLY Due to the unique situation of this season, no fines will be charged for teams pulling out. However, it is expected that if a team finds themselves in a position of needing to withdraw that this will be communicated to BUCS and the BSKA at the earliest possible time to allow for the replanning of the tournament schedule. Refer to the 2020-21 BUCS Events Cancellation, Withdrawals and Refunds Policy for matters regarding entry fees.

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KOR 7 Fines

KOR 7.1 Teams withdrawing after the entry deadline are liable to fines as per BUCS general regulations, with the following reduced fine amounts:

  • National Championships: £300
  • National Trophy: £250
  • National Plate: £200

KOR 8 Kit All players on a team must compete in the appropriate playing shirts for their club and shorts/skorts of consistent style and colour.

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