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. A sport governing body is a sports organization that has a regulatory or sanctioning function Sport is an Activity that is governed by a set of rules or Customs and often engaged in competitively A spectator sport is a Sport that is characterized by the presence of spectators or watchers at its matches Fans in Little Italyjpg|thumb|right|Fans in Little Italy Manhattan celebrating the victory of the Italian association football team after the 2006 FIFA World Cup]][[Image Wm-oly-de-cr A continent is one of several large Landmasses on Earth. They are generally identified by Convention rather than any strict criteria with seven regions
The federations which are a member of the IOC (ASOIF or AIOWF) are members of the AGFIS. A multi-sport event -- 246717740 ( talk) 1859 5 October 2008 (UTC is an organized sporting event often held over multiple days and featuring competition in many A list of professional sports leagues: Auto racing A1 Grand Prix ( Official Page American Le Mans Series ( Official Archery is the practice of using a bow or Crossbow to shoot Arrows Archery has historically been used in Hunting and Combat and has The International Archery Federation (FITA from the French Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc) is the governing body of the sport of Archery Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Association Football) Cross Country running is a Sport of running Compete to complete a course over open or rough terrain faster than other teams The International Association of Athletics Federations ( IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players (singles or two opposing pairs (doubles who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court The Badminton World Federation ( BWF) is the international governing body for the Sport of Badminton. Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each The International Baseball Federation ( IBAF) is the worldwide governing body for the sport of baseball Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m The International Basketball Federation ( French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball) more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA Boxing (sometimes also known as English boxing or pugilism) is a Combat sport in which two participants generally of similar weight, International Boxing Association (AIBA is a sport organization that sanctions Amateur boxing matches and awards world and subordinate championships Canoeing is the activity of paddling a Canoe for the purpose of recreation (also called a float trip Sport, or transportation. Cycling is the use of Bicycles or - less commonly - Unicycles Tricycles Quadricycles and other similar wheeled Human powered vehicles Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI is a Cycling association that oversees competitive cycling events internationally For the Roman class see Equestrian (Roman Equestrianism refers to the skill of riding or driving Horses This broad description The Fédération Équestre Internationale (commonly known as the FEI or in English the International Federation for Equestrian Sports, is the international governing body of Fencing is the art of armed Combat involving Cutting, Stabbing, or slapping bludgeoning Weapons directly manipulated by hand Fédération Internationale d'Escrime (FIE ( English: International Fencing Federation) is the international governing body of Olympic Gymnastics is a Sport involving performance of exercises requiring physical strength agility and coordination Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport in which single competitors or pairs trios or even more (generally five manipulate one or two apparatus rope, hoop, ball Acrobatic gymnastics is a competetive sport involving Gymnastics and Acrobatics that is choreographed and rated by judges Aerobics is a form of Physical exercise that combines rhythmic Aerobic exercise with Stretching and Strength training routines with the Trampolining is a competitive Sport in which Gymnasts perform Acrobatics while bouncing on a Trampoline. The Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG or International Federation of Gymnastics (IFG is the governing body of competitive Gymnastics. Handball (also known as team handball, European handball, or Olympic handball) is a Team sport in which two teams of seven players each (six The International Handball Federation, often referred to by the acronym IHF, is the administrative and controlling body for International Team handball. Field hockey is a Team sport in which players attempt to score goals by hitting the Ball across the pitch with a stick The International Hockey Federation ( Fédération Internationale de Hockey sur Gazon, or FIH) is the global governing body for the Sport of Field hockey meaning "gentle way" is a modern Japanese martial art ( Gendai budō) and Combat sport, that originated in Japan in the late The International Judo Federation was founded in July 1951 The IJF was originally composed of judo federations from Europe plus Argentina The modern pentathlon is a Sports contest that includes five events derived from the Greek root of pente, meaning five GB coxless pair of Toby Garbett & Rick Dunn at Henley Royal Regatta 2004 The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Aviron, or FISA for short is the International Rowing Federation which is the governing body for Sailing is the art of controlling a Sailing vessel. By changing the Rigging, Rudder and dagger or centre board a Sailor manages the force The International Sailing Federation (ISAF is the world governing body for the sport of Sailing, particularly yacht, dinghy, Windsurfing and The shooting sports include those competitive sports involving tests of proficiency (accuracy and speed using various types of Guns such as Firearms and Airguns The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF is an organization that governs international Shooting sports. Softball is a team Sport popular especially in the United States. The International Softball Federation is the international governing body for the sport of Softball. Swimming is the movement by humans or animals through Water, usually without artificial assistance Diving off a deck into the Great South Bay of Long Islandjpg|thumb|A man dives into the Great South Bay of Long Island. Water polo is a team water sport A team consists of six field players and one Goalkeeper. The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF is the governing body for all national Table tennis associations Taekwondo (Korean태권도thɛʔkwʌndo Englishˈteɪˈkwɒnˈdoʊ is a Korean Martial art and the National sport of South Korea The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF is the International Federation (IF member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC for the competition events of the Tennis is a sport played between two players ( singles) or between two teams of two players each ( doubles) The International Tennis Federation (ITF is the governing body of world Tennis, made up of 205 national tennis associations A triathlon is an endurance sports event consisting of Swimming, cycling and Running over various distances The International Triathlon Union, headquartered in North Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, was formed in 1989 and organizes official world championship series Volleyball is an Olympic team sport in which two teams of 6 active players (5 normal players and one 'libero' are separated by a net that is usually four feet Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB is the international governing body for the sport of Volleyball. Weightlifting, also called Olympic weightlifting or Olympic-style weightlifting, is a sport in which participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF headquartered in Budapest, is the international governing body for the sport of Weightlifting. Amateur wrestling is the most widespread form of sport Wrestling. The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, also known in French as Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA, is an international The Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations is an association of Winter sports federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee Biathlon (not to be confused with Duathlon) is a term used to describe any sporting event made up of two disciplines The International Biathlon Union, IBU is the international governing body of Biathlon. Bobsleigh, bobsled or bobsledge is a Winter sport invented by Englishmen in the late 1860s in which teams make timed runs down narrow twisting banked Skeleton is a Winter sport in which competitors aim to drive a one-person Sled in a prone head-first position down an ice track in the fastest time The Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT or International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation is the main international federation for all Curling is a team Sport with similarities to Bowls and Shuffle board, played by two teams of four players each on a rectangular sheet of carefully prepared The World Curling Federation (WCF is the world governing body for Curling accreditation Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF was founded in 1908 as the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace and is the worldwide governing body for Ice Ice skating is Traveling on Ice with skates, narrow (and sometimes parabolic) blade-like devices moulded into special Boots A study Figure skating is an athletic Sport in which individuals pairs or groups perform spins, jumps, footwork and other intricate and challenging Speed skating or speedskating is a competitive form of Skating in which the competitors race each other in travelling a certain distance Short track speed skating (also Shorttrack speedskating) is a form of competitive ice Speed skating. The International Skating Union (ISU is the international governing body for competitive Ice skating disciplines including Figure skating, Synchronized A luge is a small one- or two-person Sled on which one sleds supine (face up and feet-first Snow skiing is a group of sports utilizing Skis as primary equipment Alpine skiing (or downhill skiing) is a recreational activity and Sport involving sliding down Snow -covered hills with long Skis attached The Nordic combined is a Winter sport in which athletes compete in both Cross-country skiing and Ski jumping. Cross-country skiing (also known as XC skiing) is a Winter sport popular in many countries with large snowfields primarily Northern Europe, Freestyle skiing began in the 1930s when Norwegian skiers began performing acrobatics during alpine and cross-country training Ski jumping is a Sport in which skiers go down an "inrun" with a take-off ramp (the jump attempting to go as far as possible Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a Snow -covered slope on a Snowboard attached to a participant's feet using a special boot set into a mounted binding The International Ski Federation/Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS is the main international organisation of ski sports The term Air sports covers a range of aerial activities such as Aerobatics Ballooning General aviation Aerobatics is the demonstration of flying maneuvers for Training, Recreation or Entertainment. Air racing is a Sport that involves small aircraft. History The first event in air racing history was held in 1909 the Grand Week of the Champagne "Ballooning" redirects here For the behavior of Spiders and other Arthropods see Ballooning (spider. Gliding is a Recreational activity and competitive Sport in which pilots fly un-powered aircraft known as Gliders or sailplanes History See also History of hang gliding Summary: Hang gliding existed in China perhaps by the 4th century AD according to the writing of the Parachuting, also known as skydiving is where a person jumps from enough height so that he can deploy a fabric Parachute and land safely The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI is the world governing body for Air sports and Aeronautics and Astronautics world records Bandy is a Winter sport, where a ball is hit with a stick It shares a common ancestry with Ice hockey, in that it likely developed from the informal "ball and The Federation of International Bandy (FIB is the international governing body for the sport of Bandy. Pilota Valenciana or Valencian pilota ( pilota means ball in Valencian) is a traditional handball Sport played in the Valencian Boules (French bul is a collective name for games played with metal balls Ten-pin bowling is a competitive Sport in which a player (the “bowler” rolls a Bowling ball down a wooden or synthetic ( Polyurethane The Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs or "International Bowling Federation" (FIQ was founded in 1952 to foster worldwide interest in amateur tenpin and ninepin bowling Contract bridge, usually known simply as bridge, is a trick-taking Card game of skill and chance (the relative proportions depending World Bridge Federation (WBF is the governing body of world Contract bridge. Chess is a recreational and competitive Game played between two players. Fédération Internationale des Échecs or World Chess Federation is an international organization that connects the various national Chess federations around the Carom billiards, sometimes called carambole billiards or simply carambole and in some cases used as a synonym for the game of straight rail from Pocket billiards, most commonly referred to as pool, is the general term for a family of games played on a specific class of Billiards table, having 6 receptacles Snooker is a Cue sport that is played on a large Baize -covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long The World Confederation of Billiard Sports ( WCBS, often also known as the World Confederation of Billiard s Sports) is the international umbrella organization DanceSport denotes Dance as a Sport activity Initially this term was applied to competitive ballroom dancing, in its International Style. International DanceSport Federation ( IDSF) (formerly ICAD was founded in 1957. The International Golf Federation is an organisation which despite its grand title occupies only a small place in the structure of Golf. ( or is a martial art developed in the Ryukyu Islands from indigenous fighting methods and Chinese Kenpō. The World Karate Federation, or WKF, was formed in 1990 from former WUKO (World Union of Karate-do Organizations members and is the largest Korfball (Korfbal is a team ball game similar to mixed Netball. The International Korfball Federation (IKF was founded in Antwerp ( Belgium) on the June 11 1933 as a continuation of the International Surf lifesaving is a multifaceted movement that comprises key aspects of voluntary Lifeguard services and competitive surf sport The International Life Saving Federation ( ILS) is an organization for Water safety and Lifesaving. Motorcycle sport is a broad field that encompasses all Sporting aspects of Motorcycling. The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM International Motorcycling Federation) is the governing body of motorcycle racing “Alpinist” redirects here See also Alpinist (magazine Mountaineering is the Sport, Hobby or Profession of UserStan Shebs for a timetable --> Climbing is the activity of using one's hands and feet (or Netball is a non-contact team Sport similar to and derived from Basketball. The International Federation of Netball Associations ( IFNA) is a federation of more than 60 Netball associations from around the world and is responsible Orienteering is a family of Sports that require Navigational skills using a Map and Compass, usually in combination with Point to point racing The International Orienteering Federation ( IOF) is an international confederation of national Orienteering organizations Polo is a team sport played outdoors on Horseback in which the objective is to score goals against an opposing team Federation of International Polo was founded in 1983 with headquarters in Beverly Hills, and currently represents the national Polo associations of more than 80 countries Power boating describes activities performed in a motorized boat. The Union Internationale Motonautique is the international governing body of Powerboating, based in the Principality of Monaco. Racquetball is a Racquet Sport played with a hollow Rubber Ball in an indoor or outdoor court Roller skating is the Traveling on smooth terrain with roller skates Roller Hockey (Quad is highly popular and has many names worldwide that mean the same sport Artistic roller skating is a group of Roller skating events similar to Figure skating on ice The International Roller Sports Federation (FIRS or Fédération Internationale roller sports is the world governing body for Roller sports including rink hockey Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short The International Rugby Board (IRB is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of Rugby union, and previously for Rugby football. Squash is a racquet sport that was formerly called squash racquets, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game (compared with the The World Squash Federation (WSF is the international federation for squash, an indoor Racquet sport which was formerly called "Squash rackets is a competitive Contact sport where two Wrestlers ( rikishi) attempt to force one another out of a circular ring ( Dohyo) or to touch the ground Surfing is a surface water sport in which the participant is carried along the face of a breaking wave, most commonly using a Surfboard, although wave-riders The International Surfing Association ( ISA) is an International Olympic Committee-recognised governing body for Surfing, Bodyboarding and Surfriding Tug of war, tug o' war, or tug war, also known as rope pulling, is a Sport that directly puts two teams against each other in a test of strength Finswimming is the progression of a swimmer using Monofins or normal Swimfins (called bifins or stereofins within the sport either on the water surface The Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS is the World Underwater Federation Water skiing is a Sport where an individual (or more than one individual is pulled behind a Motor boat or a cable ski installation on a body of water wearing International Water Ski Federation (IWSF is the international regulatory body promoting Water skiing and other Water sports setting the official rules of water skiing Wushu, also known as modern wushu or contemporary wushu, is both an exhibition and a full-contact Sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts The International Wushu Federation (IWUF ( is an organization established on 3 October 1990 to promote competitive wushu. The General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF (Association Générale des Fédérations Internationales des Sports (AGFIS was formed to promote communication and
And furthermore, several other federations which aren't a IOC's member are members of the AGFIS, even if this is not a governing body of a sport.