The GAISF Observer Status (see article 7.C of the GAISF Statutes) can be requested by the Applicants to GAISF Membership interested to obtain support and guidance in their path to fulfil the GAISF Membership Criteria.

How the Observer Status works?

  1. Applicant submits the complete application file described in the GAISF Statutes (see article 7.A.4 or 7.B.4) including payment of the Membership Application Fee
  2. GAISF Membership Commission evaluates the file, it assesses the dossier and any eventual rivalry issues with a GAISF Member
  3. GAISF Membership Commission reports its examination and finding to the GAISF Council
  4. GAISF Council decides, at its sole discretion, whether the Observer Status can be granted (it can also revoke it at any time)

If an Applicant obtain the Observer Status, what happens?

Observer Status last for 2 years (can be renewed once for another 2 years period). The Status gives right, benefits but also duties to respect:

  • Respect GAISF and its Members and prevent or solve any conflict or rivalry issue
  • Work on the fulfilment of the GAISF Membership Criteria (improving and strengthening governance, rules, policies and global representation)

For more information about the GAISF Observer Status or the overall GAISF Membership Application process please contact:

You find the updated list of GAISF Observers hereunder:

World Dodgeball Association (WDA)

PresidentTom Hickson


Dodgeball is a sport in which players of 2 teams try to throw balls at each other while avoiding being hit themselves. Dodgeball is a very accessible sports due to simplicity of the Rules, the ability to participate on almost any surface and because of the low cost associated with any form of participation.

Federation For International Footgolf (FIFG)

PresidentGábor Gelencsér


FootGolf is a precision sport, in which players kick a football/soccer ball into a hole. The sport of FootGolf can be played by everyone regardless of age, gender, religion, social or ethnic background and physical condition. FootGolf is a sport where a 10-year old can play and beat his parents, and all the family can play together.

International Union Of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL)

PresidentIgor Solodov

Secretary GeneralVasily Ginko


Kettlebell lifting is a weight lifting sport performed with kettlebells. Athletes lift fixed weights kettlebells (24kg for Women and 32 kg for Men) for a maximum number of times in the allocated time. The sport of Kettlebell lifting needs simple equipment and for this reason it is very popular among sportsman-amateurs, the exercises and physical elements of kettlebell lifting are also used by sportsman of other Sports as training activities.

International Federation Of Match Poker (IFMP)

PresidentPatrick Nally

Secretary GeneralVarun Goenka


Match Poker is a card game that combines strategy and skill. There is no gambling in Match Poker and the sport is available to players of all ages and genders worldwide. Match Poker is best showcased as a team sport where the element of chance inherent in the “random draw of cards” has been removed. This makes Match Poker entirely different from variations used in the gaming sector.

International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF)

PresidentKatie Coates

Secretary GeneralLies Cuisinier


Pole Sports is a performance sport combining dance and acrobatics on a vertical pole. Pole Sports requires great physical and mental exertion, strength and endurance are required to lift, hold and spin the body. A high degree of flexibility is needed to contort, pose, demonstrate lines and execute techniques.

International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF)

PresidentFarid Lounas


Table soccer (or foosball) is a table games in which players use figures mounted on rotating bars to kick the ball into the opposing goal. Table Soccer is a worldwide popular sport, it includes emotion, concentration, team spirit. It is a sport widely practiced on all 5 continents. It helps to build social cohesion and is an extraordinary vector of exchange. It is meant for everybody, without any discrimination.

International Rugby League (IRL)

ChairmanNigel Wood

Global Operations ManagerDanny Kazandjian


Rugby League was formed in the 1870s with the first international match being played in 1904. Rugby League International Federation ("RLIF") , was created in 1948 and the first World Cup was held at Parc des Princes in Paris in 1954. RLIF held every four years Mens and Womens World Cups. Further information concerning Rugby League is available on

International Padel Federation (FIPA)

PresidentLuigi Carraro

Secretary GeneralFrancisco Javier Marín Cao


Padel is a racket sport in which 2 teams of 2 players play against each other in a court divided by a net and closed by walls and metallic mesh. Padel is a fast growing sport which is competitive but also friendly, fun and recreational. Top players bring to the court their technique and experience while amateur people bring their character and emotion, all of them share the same passion for Padel.

International Jump Rope Union (IJRU)

PresidentShaun Hamilton

Secretary GeneralRochelle Boggs and Janet Locke


Competitive Jump Rope/ Rope Skipping consists of two disciplines, Single Rope and Double Dutch, and then broken down into speed and freestyle event categories in each discipline. The speed event category objective is to achieve as many jumps as possible in a given period of time that pushes precision and stamina of the athletes. While the freestyle event category consists of routines that showcases the innovation and creativity of the athletes.

International Rafting Federation (IRF)

PresidentJoseph Willis Jones

Secretary GeneralSue Liell -Cock


The IRF was founded in 1997 with its first World Championship in 1998. Rafting is descending rivers in inflated crafts using paddles. The competitive aspect of the sport includes the disciplines of sprint, head-to-head, slalom and downriver (marathon). Teams are typically made up of an even number of athletes with an optional reserve. Skill in reading and paddling white water is necessary.

World Obstacle (FISO)

PresidentIan Adamson

Secretary GeneralMatthew Joynes


Obstacle is a sport where athletes run and/or overcome obstacles in timed competitions. Obstacle sport disciplines include Ninja Competitions, Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), and Adventure Racing. There are many event formats across each discipline, with distances from 50 meters to hundreds of kilometers.