Member Federations Resources




The IFSC grants membership to national organisations and not to individuals. Affiliation as IFSC Member is open to national organisations governing Sport Climbing in their countries. Applicants must:

  • Be organised with Statutes and Bye-laws acceptable to the IFSC
  • Be open to participation without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, political views, sexual orientation
  • Be controlled by its members according to democratic principles


The IFSC welcomes applications for membership throughout the year. Once all the documents are received and in order, the application is submitted to the Executive Board for preliminary approval to be ratified at the next General Assembly.

As per Article 7 BIS of of the IFSC Statute, all membership rights and responsibilities take effect at the moment of the provisional admission by the Executive Board.

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  • Competition - The ability to participate in international competitions such as World Championships, Continental Championships, world cups, and continental cups. The IFSC works to ensure that these events are the best climbing competitions in the world.
  • Sport promotion – International competitions provide opportunities for all members to promote our sport by bringing the best in the world together at a single event.
  • Athlete pathways – International competitions give athletes something to strive for beyond national championships.
  • Event standards - IFSC competitions are produced to the highest standards, serving as a model for competitions at a national level, and providing resources that can be reused by national organisations.
  • Hosting - The opportunity to host international competitions and the financial, administrative, and athletic rewards that come with hosting.
  • Rules - Standard rules for all Sport Climbing competitions that are used throughout the vast majority of the world.
  • Representation - Members have a voice in decision-making processes which affect Sport Climbing globally, nationally and locally.
  • Communication - The IFSC is a forum for international discussion on the development of Sport Climbing and sharing of ideas and expertise. The IFSC shares information about Sport Climbing to its members through its website and email lists.
  • Lobbying - The IFSC promotes Sport Climbing in the international sporting community through its membership in international organisations.
  • World Records - Administering world records and the standards by which they are set.
  • Inspiration - Athletes that compete internationally often become inspired to get more involved with administration at a local or national level and drive organisations and teams to achieve more.
  • Expansion - The IFSC facilitates the establishment of Sport Climbing in new countries through developing ties with established neighbouring national organisations, supplying administrative advice, and providing models for competition and development. The establishment of new national organisations provides variety in competitions for existing members closer to home, and enriches the cultural experience of Sport Climbing.


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