IFAF | History
As the international governing body IFAF looks after American Football and its three disciplines: tackle, flag and beach football.
The IFAF became a pro-visionary member of GAISF – Global Association of International Sport Federations (formally known as SportAccord) in 2003, and became a full GAISF member in 2005.
Participation in competitions and tournaments are a cornerstone of IFAF objectives and the inaugural IFAF Senior World Championship kicked off in Palermo, Italy, in 1999. Japan became the sport’s first world champion by defeating Mexico 6-0 in overtime in the championship game. The year 2012 brought new organization to IFAF’s continental organizations creating IFAF Africa, IFAF Americas, IFAF Asia, IFAF Europe, and IFAF Oceania.
IFAF also governs the Women’s World Cup, the Under-19 Junior World Championships and the World Flag Football Championships for both men and women.
In 2013, IFAF was granted provisional membership in the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
In 2014, IFAF became a member of Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federation (ARISF).
With 105 member country federations IFAF looks toward the future.