The Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) members are composed of National Member Federations administering Obstacle Sports and their related Disciplines and Events. Each National Federation (NF) belongs to one of the four Continental Confederations; Obstacle Sports Federation Africa, Obstacle Sports Federation Asia Pacific (including Oceania), Pan American Obstacle Sports Federation, and the European Obstacle Sports Federation.


The Congress is the General Assembly of the member National Member Federations and the highest authority of World Obstacle. The Congress meets every two years at a date and venue specified by the Secretary-General and is the platform for representation of the needs and interests of the athletes.


FISO’s top-level executive branch, the Central Board’s role is to supervise the practice of obstacles sports worldwide. It is composed of the President, the Secretary-General the Treasurer, the President of each Continental Confederation and 13 additional members of the Continental Confederations, Continental Confederations must include at least one female.


The Executive Committee manages the property and business of FISO. Between the meetings of the Central Board, the Executive Committee exercises the powers of the Central Board as per the FISO General Statutes.


The Commissions act in a consultative capacity and do not exercise executive authority. It is the responsibility of the members of each of the Commissions to support FISO´s efforts to develop Obstacle Course Racing and related Sports.


Committees are working groups that are advisory to the commissions, Central Board, Executive Committee and Congress. It is the responsibility of the members of each of the Committees to support FISO´s efforts to develop Obstacle Sports, disciplines and events.

Obstacle Sports Organization

World Obstacle is a member based, democratic, not-for-profit organization that exists to represent the needs of its members (the athletes, national federations and their obstacle sports communities), and meet requirements specified by the International Olympic Committee to be recognized as an international sport. Unlike commercial organizations that produce championship events, World Obstacle does not exist for its own gains.

Athletes, clubs, teams and associations are the members of the national federations and lead the committees, commissions, boards and executive branches. This is a democratic system by and for the athletes to represent their interests and provide a pathway to the highest level of international sport.

World Obstacle facilitates safety, fairness and opportunities for athletes to compete at every level, including FISO World Championships, World Series, World Cups and Continental Championships. This includes international results and rankings, officials, training, rule enforcement, insurance services, coaching, training camps, event information, event services, news, education, adjudication and more.

Obstacle Sports Governance Structure

FISO Organizational Structure

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