List of international sports federations

This is a list of international sports federations, each of which serves as a non-governmental governing body for a given sport and administers its sport at a world level, most often crafting rules, promoting the sport to prospective spectators and fans, developing prospective players, and organizing world or continental championships. Some international sports federations like the International Swimming Federation and the International Skating Union may oversee multiple activities referred to in common parlance as separate sports: FINA, for example governs swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, and water polo as separate 'disciplines' within the single 'sport' of Aquatics.

International sports federations form an integral part of the Olympic and Paralympic movements. Each Olympic sport is represented by its respective international sport federation, which in turn help administer their respective events during the Games. For a sport to become an Olympic sport, its respective international sport federation must be recognized by the International Olympic Committee.[1]

Likewise, an international sports federation must be recognized by the International Paralympic Committee for its sport to become a paralympic sport, though in the latter case, several Paralympic Sports are governed by a dedicated committee of the International Paralympic Committee itself, under the World Para branding, for example track and field athletics for disabled athletes is governed by the IPC itself, under the name World Para Athletics. Other Paralympic sports are governed within the structure of the able-bodied equivalent: for example, the UCI governs both able-bodied and paralympic cycling.

Federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

The following are recognised by the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF):

AquaticsFINA (Fédération internationale de natation)
ArcheryWorld Archery Federation (WA)
AthleticsWorld Athletics (formerly International Association of Athletics Federations; IAAF)
BadmintonBadminton World Federation (BWF)
Boxing (amateur)International Boxing Association (formerly Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur; AIBA)
CanoeingInternational Canoe Federation (ICF)
CyclingUnion Cycliste Internationale (UCI) (or International Cycling Union, ICU)
EquestrianismInternational Federation for Equestrian Sports (Fédération Équestre Internationale, FEI)
FencingFédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE)
FootballFIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association)
GolfInternational Golf Federation (IGF)
GymnasticsFédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) (International Gymnastics Federation, IFG)
HandballInternational Handball Federation (IHF)
Field HockeyFédération Internationale de Hockey (FIH) (International Hockey Federation)
JudoInternational Judo Federation (IJF)
Modern PentathlonUnion Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)
RowingFédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron (FISA) (International Rowing Federation)
Rugby unionWorld Rugby (WR)
SailingWorld Sailing (Until December 2015, International Sailing Federation (ISAF))
Shooting sportsInternational Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF)
Table tennisInternational Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
TaekwondoWorld Taekwondo (WT)
TennisInternational Tennis Federation (ITF)
TriathlonInternational Triathlon Union (ITU)
Volleyball and Beach volleyballFédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB)
WeightliftingInternational Weightlifting Federation (IWF)
WrestlingUnited World Wrestling (UWW)

Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF)

The following are recognized by the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF):

BiathlonInternational Biathlon Union (IBU)
Bobsleigh and skeletonInternational Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF)
CurlingWorld Curling Federation (WCF)
Ice hockeyInternational Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
Ice skating (including figure skating, speed skating, and Short-track speed skating)International Skating Union (ISU)
LugeFédération Internationale de Luge de Course (FIL)
Skiing (including Alpine, Nordic combined, cross-country, freestyle, ski jumping, and snowboarding)Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS)

Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF)

The following are recognised by the Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF):[2]

Air sports (including aerobatics, air racing, ballooning, gliding, hang gliding, and parachuting/skydiving)Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI)
American footballInternational Federation of American Football (IFAF)
Auto racingFédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
BandyFederation of International Bandy (FIB)
Baseball and softballWorld Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)
Basque pelotaFédération Internationale de Pelota Vasca (FIPV)
Billiard sports (including carom billiards, pocket billiards (pool), and snooker)World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS) CaromUnion Mondiale de Billard (UMB)
PoolWorld Pool-Billiard Association (WPA)
SnookerInternational Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF)
Boules sportsConfédération Mondiale des Sports de Boules (CMSB) BocceConfederazione Boccistica Internazionale (CBI)
Boule LyonnaiseFédération Internationale de Boules (FIB)
PétanqueFédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP)
BowlingWorld Bowling (WB) Bowling (Ten-pin)World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA)
Bowling (Nine-pin)World Ninepin Bowling Association (WNBA)
BridgeWorld Bridge Federation (WBF)
CheerleadingInternational Cheer Union (ICU)
ChessFédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE)[3][4][5]
Climbing & MountaineeringUnion Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA)
CricketInternational Cricket Council (ICC)[6]
DanceSportWorld DanceSport Federation (WDSF)
FloorballInternational Floorball Federation (IFF)
Flying discWorld Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
Ice stock sportInternational Federation IceStockSport (IFE)
KarateWorld Karate Federation (WKF)
KickboxingWorld Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO)
KorfballInternational Korfball Federation (IKF)
LacrosseFederation of International Lacrosse
Life savingInternational Life Saving Federation (ILS)
Motorcycle sportFédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)
MuaythaiInternational Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA)
NetballInternational Netball Federation (INF)
OrienteeringInternational Orienteering Federation (IOF)
PoloFederation of International Polo (FIP)
PowerboatingUnion Internationale Motonautique (UIM)
RacquetballInternational Racquetball Federation (IRF)
Roller sports (including inline hockey, roller racing, rink hockey, roller derby, skateboarding, and artistic roller skating)World Skate (WS)
SamboFédération Internationale de Sambo (FIAS)
Ski mountaineeringInternational Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF)
Sport climbingInternational Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC)
SquashWorld Squash Federation (WSF)
SumoInternational Sumo Federation (ISF)
Surfing and bodyboardingInternational Surfing Association (ISA)
Tug-of-warTug-of-War International Federation (TWIF)
Underwater sportsConfédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS)
University sportsFédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU)
Water skiingInternational Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF)
WushuInternational Wushu Federation (IWUF)

Federations recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC)

There are 11 international federations recognized by the IPC, while the IPC itself serves as the international federation for 10 sports.[7][8]

On 30 November 2016, the IPC adopted the "World Para" brand for all 10 of the sports that it directly governs.[9]

Alpine SkiingWorld Para Alpine Skiing
ArcheryWorld Archery Federation (WA)
AthleticsWorld Para Athletics
BadmintonParabadminton World Federation (PBWF) / Badminton World Federation (BWF)[10]
BocciaBoccia International Sports Federation (BISFed)[11]
CyclingUnion Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
EquestrianInternational Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI)
Flying discWorld Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
Nordic skiing (including Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing)World Para Nordic Skiing
Para Dance Sport[i]World Para Dance Sport
Para Ice Hockey[ii]World Para Ice Hockey
PowerliftingWorld Para Powerlifting
RowingInternational Rowing Federation (FISA)
SailingInternational Association for Disabled Sailing (IADS)
Shooting[iii]World Shooting Para Sport
SnowboardingWorld Para Snowboard
SwimmingWorld Para Swimming
Para table tennisInternational Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
VolleyballWorld Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD)
Wheelchair basketballInternational Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
Wheelchair curlingWorld Curling Federation (WCF)
Wheelchair rugbyInternational Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF)
Wheelchair tennisInternational Tennis Federation (ITF)
i At the time of the IPC's "World Para" rebranding, it changed the official name of the sport from "wheelchair dance sport" to "Para dance sport".[9]
ii At the time of the IPC's "World Para" rebranding, it changed the official name of the sport from "sledge hockey" to "Para ice hockey".[9]
iii At the time of the IPC's "World Para" rebranding, it changed the official name of the sport to "shooting Para sport".[9]

Disability specific organizations

Paralympic sports for athletes with cerebral palsyCerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA)
Football 7-a-sideInternational Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football (IFCPF)
Football 5-a-sideInternational Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
GoalballInternational Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
JudoInternational Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
Wheelchair FencingInternational Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS)
For athletes with an intellectual disabilityInas

Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF)

Federations whose sports are either included into the Olympic Games (ASOIF, AIOWF) or recognized by the IOC (ARISF) are also members of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), formerly known as SportAccord. Other members of GAISF (non-IOC recognized) compose the Alliance of Independent Recognized Members of Sport (AIMS).

AikidoInternational Aikido Federation (IAF)
Arm wrestlingWorld Armwrestling Federation (WAF)
BodybuildingInternational Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB)
CastingInternational Casting Sport Federation (ICSF)
CheerInternational Cheer Union (ICU)
DartsWorld Darts Federation (WDF)
Dragon boat racingInternational Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)
DraughtsWorld Draughts Federation (FMJD)
FistballInternational Fistball Association (IFA)
GoInternational Go Federation (IGF)
Sport Ju-JitsuJu-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF)
KendoInternational Kendo Federation (IKF)
Miniature golfWorld Minigolfsport Federation (WMF)
PowerliftingInternational Powerlifting Federation (IPF)
SavateFederation Internationale de Savate (FISav)
Sepak TakrawInternational Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF)
Sled dog sportsInternational Federation of Sleddog Sports
Soft TennisInternational Soft Tennis Federation (ISTF)
FishingInternational Confederation of Sport Fishing (CIPS)
TeqballInternational Federation of Teqball (FITEQ)

Other than full members (composing ASOIF, AIOWF, ARISF and AIMS), there are Associate members of GAISF.

Commonwealth GamesCommonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
Masters GamesInternational Masters Games Association (IMGA)
Mediterranean GamesInternational Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG or CIJM)
Military World GamesConseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)
World Mind Sports GamesInternational Mind Sports Association (IMSA)
World Olympians Association (WOA)
Panathlon International (PI)
Paralympic GamesInternational Paralympic Committee (IPC)
School SportsInternational School Sport Federation (ISF)
Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics (SOI)
International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS)
Federation Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS)
Sports for the DeafInternational Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS)
International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS)
International Sports Press Association (AIPS)
CSIT World Sports GamesInternational Workers and Amateurs in Sports Confederation (CSIT)
World GamesInternational World Games Association (IWGA)
World Union of Olympic Cities
World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry

Other international sport federations

Aesthetic group gymnasticsInternational Federation of Aesthetic Group Gymnastics (IFAAG)
Amputee footballWorld Amputee Football Federation (WAFF)
Australian rules footballAustralian Football International (AFI)
Axe throwingWorld Axe Throwing League (WATL)
Beach handballWorld Beach Handball Association (WBHA)
Beach soccerBeach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
BehcupWorld Behcup Federation (WBF)
Brazilian jiu-jitsuInternational Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF), Sport Jiu Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF)
BodyboardingInternational Bodyboarding Association (IBA)
Bodybuilding, Physique Sports, and FitnessWorld Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF)
Boot throwingInternational Bootthrowing Association (IBTA)
Canadian Five-pin bowlingCanadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association (C5PBA)
BowlsProfessional Bowls Association (PBA)
BowlsWorld Bowls (WB)
BoxingWorld Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF)
BroomballInternational Federation of Broomball Associations (IFBA)
CageballProfessional Cageball Association (PCA)
ChessInternational Amateur Chess Federation (IACF)
Correspondence ChessInternational Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF)
Corporate FootballInternational Federation of Corporate Football (FIFCO)
CroquetWorld Croquet Federation (WCF)
CrossmintonInternational Crossminton Organisation (ICO)
DebatingWorld Debating Council (WDC)
Debating (in Spanish)Consejo Mundial de Debate (COMUDEES)
Debating (in Spanish)Consejo Mundial de Debate (COMUDEES)
eSportsInternational e-Sports Federation (IeSF)
DodgeballWorld Dodgeball Federation (WDBF)
Elephant PoloWorld Elephant Polo Association (WEPF)
Gaelic footballGaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
GateballWorld Gateball Union (WGU)
GillidandaGilli Danda International Federation
GoalballInternational Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
GolfThe R&A; United States Golf Association (USGA)
Greyhound racingAmerican Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA), National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC)
Gaelic handballIrish Handball Council, United States Handball Association (USHA)
Ham Radio Contesting, Amateur Radio Direction Finding, and High Speed TelegraphyInternational Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
Hapkido BoxingHapkido Boxing International Organization (HBIO)
Harness horse racingHarness Horsemen International (HHI), Union Europeenne du Trot (European Trotting Union) (UET)
Horseback archeryInternational Horseback Archery Alliance (IHAA)
Horse racingInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA)
HorseshoesNational Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America (NHPA)
HurlingGaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
IntercrosseFédération Internationale d’Inter-Crosse (FIIC)
Sport Jiu-Jitsu (Jujutsu)Sport Jiu Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF), Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF)
SsireumWorld Ssireum Federation (WSF)
Krav MagaInternational Krav Maga Federation (IKMF)
KendoWorld Kendo Association
KabaddiInternational Kabaddi Federation (IKF)
KickboxingInternational Kickboxing Federation (IKF)
Kin-BallInternational Kin-Ball Federation (IKBF)
Kite SportsInternational Federation of Kitesports Organisations (IFKO)
MallakhambMallakhamb Confederation of World (MCW)
Mixed martial artsInternational Sport Combat Federation (ISCF)
Modern ArnisInternational Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF)
Mountain runningWorld Mountain Running Association (WMRA)
MountainboardingInternational Mountainboard Riders Association (IMRA)
Muay ThaiInternational Kickboxing Federation (IKF)
Obstacle racing and American Ninja WarriorInternational Obstacle Sports Federation (IOSF)
O-SPORTWorld O-Sport Federation (WOF)
PaddleballNational Paddleball Association (NPA)
PadelInternational Padel Federation (IPF)
ParkourWorld Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF)
Pencak SilatInternational Pencak Silat Federation (PERSILAT)
Pesäpallo (Finnish baseball)Pesäpalloliitto
Pigeon racingRoyal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA)
Pogo stickWorld Pogo Stick Federation (WPSF)
PokerInternational Federation of Poker (IFP)
Pole danceInternational Pole Sports Federation (IPSF)
Practical shootingInternational Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
QuidditchInternational Quidditch Association (IQA)
QuizzingInternational Quizzing Association (IQA)
RacketlonFédération Internationale de Racketlon (International Racketlon Federation) (FIR)
Radio-controlled car racingInternational Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR)
RaftingInternational Rafting Federation(IRF)
RingballInternational Ringball Federation(IRBF)
RingetteInternational Ringette Federation (IRF)
RogainingInternational Rogaining Federation (IRF)
RoundersNational Rounders Association (NRA)
Rock-It-BallInternational Rock-It-Ball Federation (IRIBF)
Rope skippingWorld Rope Skipping Confederation (WRSC), International Rope Skipping Federation (IRSF), World Inter-School Rope Skipping Organisation (WIRSO)[12]
Rubik's CubeWorld Cube Association (WCA)
Rugby FivesRugby Fives Association (RFA)
Rugby leagueRugby League International Federation (RLIF)
ShintyCamanachd Association
ShuttlecockInternational Shuttlecock Federation
SilambamWorld Silambam Association (WSA)
SkateboardingWorld Skateboarding Federation (WSF); International Skateboarding Federation (ISF)
SkibobbingInternational Skibob Federation (FISB)
Slot car racingInternational Slot Racing Association (ISRA)
Sport Jiu-JitsuSport Jiu Jitsu International Federation (SJJIF)
Sport stackingWorld Sport Stacking Association (WSSA)
SqayInternational Council of Sqay (ICS)
Table hockeyInternational Table Hockey Federation (ITHF)
Table football (Table soccer; foosball)International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)
Tank biathlonInternational Federation of Tank Biathlon
Targetball[i]International Targetball Federation (ITF)
TchoukballFédération Internationale de Tchoukball
Tent PeggingInternational Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF)
ThrowballInternational Throwball Federation (ITF)
Touch footballFederation of International Touch (FIT)
UnicyclingInternational Unicycling Federation (IUF)
Virtual motorsportGlobal Virtual Motorsport Association (GVMA)
VovinamInternational Vovinam Federation (IVF), Vovinam-VietVoDao World Federation (VVWF)
VXGlobal VX[13]
Wheel gymnasticsInternational Wheel Gymnastics Federation
YogaYogasports Confederation of World (YCW)
i The sport was made by Indian man Dr. Sonu Sharma in 2012. For further reading:

See also

Notes and references

  1. "Olympic Sports". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  2. "Members". Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. Recognised Sports of the International Olympic Committee International Olympic Committee official website. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
  4. International Federation for Chess. International Olympic Committee official website. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
  5. FIDE - Uniting the Chess World Archived 6 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine FIDE Official website. Retrieved 2 May 2008.
  6. Cricket edges closer to Olympic roster AFP. Retrieved on 13 February 2010.
  7. International Sports Federations, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  8. Contacts - International Sports Federations (IFs), International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  9. "The IPC to rebrand the 10 sports it acts as International Federation for" (Press release). International Paralympic Committee. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  10. PBWF/BWF gets IPC recognition, but Paralympics 2016 unfortunately without Parabadminton Archived 22 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Parabadminton World Federation (PBWF), 11 December 2010
  11. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. "World Inter-School Rope Skipping Organisation | About us". Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  13. "GlobalVX". GLOBALVX. Retrieved 21 August 2015.

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