International University Sports Federation

The Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, English: International University Sports Federation) is responsible for the organisation and governance of worldwide sports competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. It was founded in 1949[1] as the world governing body of national university sports organisations and currently has 174[2] member associations (National University Sport Federations) from five continents. Between 1949 and 2011, it was based in Brussels (Belgium); since 2011, it is based in Lausanne (Switzerland).

International University
Sports Federation
Fédération Internationale du
Sport Universitaire
Headquarters in Lausanne.
Formation1 January 1949; 72 years ago (1949-01-01)
TypeSports federation
170 member associations
Official language
French and English
Acting President
Leonz Eder (Switzerland)
Luciano Cabral (Brazil) (1st VP),
Marian Dymalski (Poland)

The FISU stages its events every two years. They currently include two Universiades (summer and winter) and 34 [3] World University Championships.

It also organises conferences, forums and seminars to promote sport as a component of the educational system.[4]

FISU sanctions other competitions open to university students, such as the biennial World University Bridge Championships in contract bridge, "played under the auspices of the FISU".[5]


A General Assembly elects an executive committee for a four-year term.[citation needed] Oleg Matytsin was elected president for 2015–2019, succeeding Claude-Louis Gallien.[6] The secretary-general and CEO is Eric Saintrond;[7] vice-presidents are Leonz Eder, Luciano Cabral, Marian Dymalski, Leopold Senghor and Liguo Yang.[8]

Past presidents include:

  • 1949–1961: Paul Schleimer
  • 1961–1999: Primo Nebiolo
  • 1999–2011: George E. Killian
  • 2011–2015: Claude–Louis Gallien

Events and sports


The Universiade is an international sporting event staged every two years in a different city. There were 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011, and 174 participating countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.[citation needed]

The Summer Universiade includes 12 compulsory sports (15 compulsory disciplines):[9]

One to three optional sports are chosen by the host country.[citation needed]

The Winter Universiade includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines):[9]

One to four optional sports are chosen by the host country.[10]

World University Championships

While the Universiades are held in odd years, the university world championships are held in even years. It includes individual/team sports, indoor/outdoor sports, combat sports, mind sports and summer/winter sports.[11]

See also


  1. FISU Statutes Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  2. "Current structure". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. "World University Championships". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. Ferreira, P. (2010) Strategy Assessment of International Sports Federations – Case study of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management, University of Poitiers, France.
  5. World University Team Cup Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine. World Bridge Federation. 5th World University Bridge Championship Archived 2011-08-13 at the Wayback Machine Event website (2010). Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  6. 34th General Assembly in Lausanne elects New Board. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  7. "FISU today". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. "Executive Committee". Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  9. Sports. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  10. Winter Universiade. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  11. "World University Championships".