National Federation Membership

If your organization is seeking recognition as a national governing body (National Member Federation) for an Obstacle Sport or related discipline, instructions are available in the Joining Kit and Membership Criteria documents. You must complete and return the National Federation Membership Application to be considered for affiliation.

National Governing Bodies wishing to become a member of World Obstacle, need to meet the requirements detailed in the FISO General Statutes.

The NF constitution must include clauses that:

  • refer all unresolved disputes between the NF and World Obstacle to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS); and
  • the NF has Anti-Doping Rules that comply with the WADA Code and World Obstacle Anti-Doping Rules.

FISO assists organizations with compliance and governance structure.

The organization must be recognized as the governing body for the sport in their country or be working toward recognition.  The applicable National Olympic Committee (NOC) and/or National Government Sports Agency (NGSA) must confirm this status. 

Organizations working toward recognition may be granted membership provided they are actively seeking approval as their recognized national governing body for Obstacles Sports or a related discipline.

Only one organization in each country can achieve full membership. If more than one organization is seeking recognition as the national governing body, FISO will assist all parties. We reserves the right not to approve membership of any organization in the case of a rivalry (one or more organizations seeking membership), until the rivalry is resolved or one organization achieves recognition by their national Olympic Committee and / or National Sporting Association / government.

Clubs, Leagues & Associations

If your organization is seeking recognition as an international association, club, league or similar organization, please complete and return the Affiliation Request Form. Please note that affiliated organizations cannot operate only in one country (it must be a global organization with international members) and have no voting rights at the general assembly.

Get Involved!

Individuals wishing to have their say on how the sport is developed should join their national federation. The athletes are the members of the federations and they run all functions and facets of the sport. Being a member gives you a voice and vote on all aspects of the sport. 

As a member, you can join committees, commissions, boards and be voted in as an officer at any level, from national, to continental and international.

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