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. In addition, 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.

Please complete and return your application form, along with the relevant documentation requested below, to the IFSC Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • General information about the organisation
    • Name
    • Address
    • Contacts
    • Website
  • Brief history of the organisation
  • Copy of Statutes, which must include:
    • Legal Status
    • Compliance with WADA Code
    • Commitment to fight doping and harassment
    • Commitment to athletes' protection and safeguarding

For already existing and active federations:

  • Latest Annual Report of activities
  • Latest financial accounts
  • Evidence of national championships

For newly formed federations:

  • 2-4 year development plan for Sport Climbing
  • Existence of indoor climbing facilities on the territory



  • Competition - The ability to compete in International events such as World Championships, Continental Championships, World and Continental Cup series events. IFSC works to ensure that these events are the best climbing competitions in the world.
  • Sport Promotion – International events such as those mentioned above provide opportunities for all members to promote our sport by bringing the best in the world together at a single event.
  • Athlete pathways – International events give your athletes something to strive for beyond your national championships.
  • Event standards - IFSC events are produced to the highest standards, serving as a model for competition at national level, and providing resources that can be reused by national organisations.
  • Hosting - The opportunity to host international events, and the financial, administrative and athletic rewards that come with hosting.
  • Rules - Standard rules for all climbing competitions that are used throughout the vast majority of the world.
  • Representation - Members have a voice in decision-making processes which affect competition climbing globally, nationally and locally.
  • Communication - IFSC is a forum for international discussion on the development of competition climbing and sharing of ideas and expertise. IFSC shares information about climbing to its members through email lists and website.
  • Lobbying - IFSC promotes climbing in the international sporting community through its membership in international organizations.
  • 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 - IFSC facilitates the establishment of 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 provide variety in competition for its existing members, closer to home, and enriches the cultural experience of climbing.


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