List of Recognized Sports

Here is a list of international sports federations, which serve as a non-governmental governing body for the sport and administers the sport at a world level. This list forms the foundation of the complete list of sports, which includes many more world sports than are listed here.

The role of the international sports federation includes regulating rules, promotion of the sport, developing players, and organizing championships. Some international sports federations may oversee multiple sports.

There are governing bodies have become the first to achieve observer status with that are not yet officially recognised as sporting federations. In 2017, the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) gave 'observer status' to a few possible new official sports, such as armwrestling, dodgeball, footgolf, kettlebell lifting, poker, pole sports and table soccer.

Official Sports Federations List

Sport Federation
Aikido International Aikido Federation (IAF)
Air sports (including aerobatics, air racing, ballooning, gliding, hang gliding, and parachuting/skydiving) Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI)
Airsoft International Airsoft Practical Shooting (IAPS)
Alpine Skiing IPC Alpine Skiing (IPC AS)
Aquatics (swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo and open water swimming) Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA)
Archery World Archery Federation (WA)
Arm Wrestling World Armwrestling Federation (WAF)
Athletics IPC Athletics (IPC AT)
Athletics (covering track and field, road running, cross country running, decathlon and racewalking) International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)
Australian rules football AFL Commission
Auto Racing Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA)
Badminton Badminton World Federation (BWF)
Bandy Federation of International Bandy (FIB)
Baseball and softball World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)
Basketball Federation Internationale de Basketball (FIBA)
Basque pelota Federation Internationale de Pelota Vasca (FIPV)
Beach Soccer Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Behcup World Behcup Federation (WBF)
Biathlon International Biathlon Union (IBU)
Billiard sports (including carom billiards, pocket billiards/pool, and snooker) World Confederation of Billiard Sports (WCBS)
Bobsleigh and skeleton Federation Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT)
Bocce Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale (CBI)
Boccia Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed)
Bodyboarding International Bodyboarding Association (IBA)
Bodybuilding International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB)
Boot throwing International Boot throwing Association (IBTA)
Boule Lyonnaise Federation Internationale de Boules (FIB)
Boules sports ConFederation Mondiale des Sports de Boules (CMSB)
Bowling (Canadian five-pin) Canadian 5 Pin Bowlers Association (C5PBA)
Bowling (Ten-pin) Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ)
Bowls World Bowls (WB)
Bowls Professional Bowls Association (PBA)
Boxing World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF)
Boxing (amateur) International Boxing Association (AIBA)
Bridge World Bridge Federation (WBF)
Broomball International Federation of Broomball Associations (IFBA)
Canoeing International Canoe Federation (ICF)
Casting International Casting Sport Federation (ICSF)
Chess Federation Internationale des checs (FIDE), International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF)
Cricket International Cricket Council (ICC)
Croquet World Croquet Federation (WCF)
Curling World Curling Federation (WCF)
Cycling Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI / ICU)
DanceSport International DanceSport Federation (IDSF)
Darts World Darts Federation (WDF)
Dragon boat racing International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF)
Draughts World Draughts Federation (FMJD)
Elephant Polo World Elephant Polo Association (WEPF)
Equestrian International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI)
Fencing Federation Internationale d'Escrime (FIE)
Fishing International Confederation of Sports Fishing (CIPS)
Fistball International Fistball Association (IFA)
Floorball International Floorball Federation (IFF)
Flying disc World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)
Foosball International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)
Football Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Football (American and Canadian) International Federation of American Football (IFAF)
Football (Gaelic) Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
Football 5-a-side International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
Football 7-a-side Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association (CPISRA)
Game Fishing International Game Fish Association (IGFA)
Go International Go Federation (IGF)
Goalball International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
Golf International Golf Federation (IGF), United States Golf Association (USGA)
Greyhound racing American Greyhound Track Operators Association (AGTOA), National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC)
Gymnastics, (including rhythmic gymnastics, sports acrobatics, sports aerobics, trampolining and tumbling) Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG / IFG)
Handball (court) Irish Handball Council, United States Handball Association (USHA)
Handball (team) International Handball Federation (IHF)
Hapkido Boxing Hapkido Boxing International Organization (HBIO)
Harness horse racing Harness Horsemen International (HHI), European Trotting Union (UET)
Hockey (field) International Hockey Federation (FIH)
Horse racing International Racing Bureau (IRB)
Horseshoes National Horseshoe Pitchers Association of America (NHPA)
Hurling Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA)
Ice hockey International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
Ice skating (including figure skating, speed skating, and Short-track speed skating) International Skating Union (ISU)
Ice Sledge Hockey IPC Ice Sledge Hockey (IPC ISH)
Intercrosse Federation Internationale d?Inter-Crosse (FIIC)
Judo International Judo Federation (IJF), International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)
Ju-jitsu Ju-Jitsu International Federation (JJIF)
Kabaddi International Kabaddi Federation (IKF)
Karate World Karate Federation (WKF)
Kendo International Kendo Federation (IKF)
Kickboxing, Muay Thai and San Shou World Federation of Kickboxing (WFK), International Kickboxing Federation (IKF)
Korfball International Korfball Federation (IKF)
Kung Fu International Kung Fu Federation (IKF)
Lacrosse Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL)
Life saving International Life Saving Federation (ILSF)
Luge Federation Internationale de Luge de Course (FIL)
Mallakhamb Mallakhamb Confederation of World (MCW)
Military Sports International Military Sports Council (Conseil International du Sport Militaire)
Miniature golf World Minigolfsport Federation (WMF)
Mixed martial arts International Sport Combat Federation (ISCF)
Modern Arnis International Modern Arnis Federation (IMAF)
Modern pentathlon Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)
Motorcycle sport Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM)
Mountain running World Mountain Running Association (WMRA)
Mountainboarding International Mountainboard Riders Association (IMRA)
Mountaineering Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme (UIAA)
Muay Thai International Kickboxing Federation (IKF), International Federation of Muaythai Amateur
Netball International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA)
Nordic skiing (including Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing) IPC Nordic Skiing (IPC NS)
Orienteering International Orienteering Federation (IOF)
Paddleball National Paddleball Association (NPA)
Parkour World Freerunning Parkour Federation (WFPF)
Pesäpallo Pesäpalloliitto
Petanque Federation Internationale de Petanque et Jeu Provencal (FIPJP)
Pigeon racing Royal Pigeon Racing Association (RPRA)
Pitch and Putt International Pitch and Putt Association (IPPA)
Pole dance International Pole Sports Federation [IPSF]
Polo Federation of International Polo (FIP)
Powerboating Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM)
Powerlifting IPC Powerlifting (IPC PO), International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), WUAP, GPC, WPC
Practical shooting International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC)
Quidditch International Quidditch Association (IQA)
Racketlon International Racketlon Federation (FIR)
Racquetball International Racquetball Federation (IRF)
Radio-controlled car racing International Federation of Model Auto Racing (IFMAR)
Rafting International Rafting Federation (IRF)
Rogaining International Rogaining Federation (IRF)
Roller sports (including inline hockey, roller racing, rink hockey, roller derby and artistic) International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS)
Rope Skipping International Rope Skipping Federation (IRSF), World Rope Skipping Confederation (WRSC)
Rounders National Rounders Association (NRA)
Rowing International Rowing Federation (FISA)
Rugby Fives Rugby Fives Association (RFA)
Rugby league Rugby League International Federation (RLIF)
Rugby union World Rugby (WR)
Sailing International Sailing Federation (ISAF), International Federation for Disabled Sailing (IFDS)
Sambo Federation International of Amateur Sambo (FIAS)
Sepak Takraw International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF)
Shinty Camanachd Association
Shooting International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF),  IPC Shooting (IPC SH)
Shuttlecock International Shuttlecock Federation
Skateboarding International Skateboarding Federation (ISF)
Ski mountaineering International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF)
Skibobbing International Skibob Federation (FISB)
Skiing (including Alpine, Nordic combined, cross-country, freestyle, ski jumping and snowboarding): Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS)
Sled dog sports International Federation of Sleddog Sports
Soft Tennis International Soft Tennis Federation (ISTF)
Sports climbing International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC)
Sports fishing ConFederation Internationale de laPeche Sportive
Squash World Squash Federation (WSF)
Sumo International Sumo Federation (ISF)
Surfing and bodyboarding International Surfing Association (ISA)
Swimming IPC Swimming (IPC SW)
Table hockey International Table Hockey Federation (ITHF)
Table Soccer International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)
Table Tennis International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
Taekwondo World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) & International Taekwondo Federation (ITF)
Tchoukball Federation Internationale de Tchoukball
Tennis International Tennis Federation (ITF)
Tent Pegging International Tent Pegging Federation (ITPF)
Throwball International Throwball Federation (ITF)
Touch football Federation of International Touch (FIT)
Triathlon International Triathlon Union (ITU)
Tug-of-war Tug-of-War International Federation (TWIF)
Underwater sports ConFederation Mondiale des Activitis Subaquatiques (CMAS)
Volleyball and Beach volleyball Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB), World Organization Volleyball for Disabled (WOVD)
Vovinam International Vovinam Federation (IVF)/The Vovinam-VietVoDao World Federation (WVVF)
VX (Rock-It-Ball) The International Federation - Global VX, International Rock-It-Ball Federation (IRIBF)
Water skiing International Water Ski Federation (IWSF)
Weightlifting International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)
Wheelchair basketball International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
Wheelchair curling World Curling Federation (WCF)
Wheelchair Dance Sport IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport (IPC WDS)
Wheelchair Fencing International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS)
Wheelchair rugby International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF)
Wheelchair tennis International Tennis Federation (ITF)
Wrestling United World Wrestling (UWW)
Wushu International Wushu Federation (IWUF)
Yoga Yogasports Confederation of World (YCW)


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