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International School Sport Federation
International School Sport Federation
Fédération Internationale du Sport Scolaire
International School Sport Federation logo.png
TypeSport federation
PurposeInternational School Sport Federation organises sport events for youth athletes of age 13-18.
HeadquartersBrussels, Belgium
Official language
French, English, German, Spanish[1]
Laurent Petrynka

The International School Sport Federation (ISF) is an international sports governing body for school sport. Founded in 1972 with 21 signatory nations (all European), the federation has been organising international competitions to encourage education through sport and student athletes. It has 132[2] members from five continents.[3]

ISF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee since 1995 and is a member of SportAccord.[4][5][6] Its headquarters are based in Brussels, Belgium.[7]

ISF limits itself to activities with school children between the ages of 13 to 18 (roughly contiguous with high school age).[3] This distinguishes its role from the longer-established International University Sports Federation, which governs student sport from the ages of 17 to 25.[8][9]

There are currently 45 recognised ISF sports, with many of them having their own World Schools Championship every two years.[10] Other sport disciplines are part of the Gymnasiade, also known as School Summer Games, its winter edition School Winter Games or ISF Combat Games.

The first official ISF championships were in football and volleyball, which both took place in 1972, athletics, basketball, handball and skiing championships followed a year later.

The foremost competition held by the ISF is the Gymnasiade - a biennial multi-sport event first held in 1974 in Wiesbaden, Germany that featured athletics, gymnastics and swimming events.


Around the mid 1960s, international sporting contests between schools has been increasing. Besides occasional and haphazard meetings between two or more schools, tournaments were beginning to be organised regularly in different disciplines: in handball from 1963, in volleyball from 1969, in football one year later and from 1971 also in basketball. Each of these annual tournaments produced basic regulations and a standing committee.

The large number of international competitions requiring eliminating heats at the national level soon gave rise to a desire to co-ordinate these events, within a specific International Federation. To help promote this idea, the Federal Minister of Education and Arts of the Republic of Austria convened a Conference at Raach in the Autumn of 1971. Here the conditions were discussed for setting up a European School Sport Federation.

After very lengthy debates, the project was approved. However, bearing future development possibilities in mind, the ISF was not limited to European countries alone. A Provisional Committee, the members of which were chosen from among the 21 nations present, was set up, and the meeting of the constituent General Assembly was fixed for 4 June 1972 at Beaufort/Luxembourg. This meeting adopted the Statutes and proceeded to elect the members of the first Executive Committee.[11]

Vision and Values

Sport can greatly contribute to the physical, social and intellectual development of youngsters. Sport is a prevailing tool for the promotion of mutual understanding, peace and tolerance. The power of sport can break down cultural, religious and ideological barriers, no matter how big.

ISF Structure

ISF General Assembly

The General Assembly brings together ISF's school sport federation members which meet every two years. In the assembly, members elect Executive Committee members for a four-year period, and approves the budget and the programme proposed by the Executive Committee. The most recent General Assembly was held in May 2016 at Marmaris, Turkey.

ISF Management Committee

It meets periodically when convened by the President, to carry out the business of the ISF between meetings of the Executive Committee. Twice a year, the Management Committee meets with the Continental Presidents. Following is the ISF Management Committee for the term 2016-2020.[12]

President Laurent Petrynka  France
Vice-President Youssef Belqasmi  Morocco
Robson Aguiar  Brazil
Xue Yanqing  China
Secretary General/CEO Hrvoje ?ustonja  Croatia
Sports Director Josip Ko?uti?  Croatia

ISF Executive Committee

ISF Executive Committee is composed of 25 members. It meets twice a year to take the decisions necessary for the proper functioning of ISF. Following is the ISF Executive Committee for the term 2016-2020.

President Laurent Petrynka  France
Vice-President Youssef Belqasmi  Morocco
Robson Aguiar  Brazil
Xue Yanqing  China
Secretary General/CEO Hrvoje ?ustonja  Croatia
President Africa Mamadou Souleymane Kone  Ivory Coast
President America Dr. Roger J. Goudy  United States
President Asia Santi Pawai  Thailand
President Europe Nicos Megalemos  Cyprus
President Oceania Graeme Jennings  Australia
Sports Director Josip Ko?uti?  Croatia
Assessor Alan Abaev  Russia
Abdulrahman Al-Muftah  Qatar
Arman Ayvazyan  Armenia
Ms. Sophie Bordet  Peru
Ms. Julia Boyanova  Bulgaria
Guy Dagan  Israel
Stylianos Daskalakis  Greece
Roman Greba  Ukraine
Lauri Luik  Estonia
Abdoulaye Bamba Mbaye  Senegal
Rajesh Mishra  India
David Exovers Ngugi  Kenya
Nurzhan Nurakhmetov  Kazakhstan
Zeljko Tanaskovic  Serbia

ISF Committees

Committees assist and advise the Executive Committee in the overall administration of the ISF. The Committees include:

ISF Sport Committee ISF Development and Cooperation Committee
ISF Marketing and Communication Committee ISF Ethic and Legal Committee
ISF Education and Legacy Committee ISF Athletes and Youth Committee



Gymnasiade is the biggest school sport event for youth athletes aged 15-18. It is being held every two (even) years, hosts between 12-18 different sport disciplines and welcomes over 3000 pupils from all over the World.

ISF School Summer Games

Edition Year City Country Date
1 1974 Wiesbaden  West Germany 23-28 September
2 1976 Orléans  France 21-27 June
3 1978 Izmir  Turkey 18-24 July
4 1980 Turin  Italy 1 - 7 June
5 1982 Lille  France 1 - 6 June
6 1984 Florence  Italy 5 - 9 June
7 1986 Nice  France 2 - 7 June
8 1988 Barcelona  Spain 3-9 June
9 1990 Bruges  Flanders 20-27 May
10 1994 Nicosia  Cyprus 14-21 May
11 1998 Shanghai  China 12 -19 October
12 2002 Caen  France 27 May - 3 June
13 2006 Athens/Thessaloniki  Greece 26 June - 3 July
14 2009 Doha  Qatar 7 - 12 December
15 2013 Brasília  Brazil 28 November - 4 December
16 2016 Trabzon  Turkey 11-18 July
17 2018 Marrakech  Morocco 2-9 May
18 2020 Jinjiang  China 17-24 October

Gymnasiade 2018 hosted 18 sport competitions:

ISF World School Summer Games (Summer High School Games) U15

Edition Year City Country Dates Sports
1 2021 Belgrade  Serbia 11 - 19 September 14

ISF School Winter Games

ISF School Winter Games consisted of the following sport disciplines:

Edition Year City Country Date
1 2018 Grenoble  France 5-10 February

Source :[13]

ISF Combat Games

  • 2017 ISF Combat Games consisted of 4 combat sports: Judo, Karate, Taekwondo and Wrestling.
  • In 2017, 300 athletes from 6 countries (India, China, Russia, Brazil, UAE and France) attended the ISF Combat Games.

ISF Combat Games consist of the following sport disciplines:

Edition Year City Country Date
1 2017 Agra  India 7-14 July
2 2019 Budapest  Hungary 16-20 June

From August 22-26, 2018, the first ever World Schools Championships in sambo took place in Oryol, Russian Federation.

Source :[14]

ISF Inclusive Games

First games in 2019.

  • 2019 Póvoa de Varzim Portugal

ISF Educational Games

  • 1st 2014 in Greece
  • 2nd 2015 in Greece
  • 3rd 2016 in Greece
  • 4th 2017 in Greece
  • 5th 2018 in Greece
  • 6th 2019 in Greece
  • 7th 2020 in Greece

ISF E-Sport Games

First games in 2019.

  • 2019 Kiev Ukraine
  • 2020 Kiev Ukraine
  • 2021 Kiev Ukraine

ISF World Cool Games

First games in 2019.

  • 2019 Kiev Ukraine
  • 2020 Kiev Ukraine
  • 2021 Kiev Ukraine

ISF Universal Teacher Games

First games in 2021.

ISF Beach Games

2020 Cancelled , 2022 Argentina.

ISF She Runs

ISF Active Girls' Lead

1st - 2019 Paris France

2nd - 2021 Brussels Belgium


Pan American

3rd Pan American Schools Games - Aracaju - Brazil 2017


First European Schools Games Caen, France 2-8 July 1992

ISF World Schools Championships

Around the 1960s international sporting contests between schools were on the increase. Besides occasional and haphazard meetings between two or more schools, tournaments were beginning to be organised regularly in different disciplines: in handball from 1963, in volleyball from 1969, in football from 1970 and from 1971 also in basketball.

Today 21 sports have a separate World Schools Championship (WSC) with 10-12 championships being held per year. Each World Schools Championship usually last from 3-7 days. Yearly, more than 10.0000 pupils from all over the World take part in ISF World Schools Championship. Until 2017, only 21 Sports have a separate World School Championship (WSC). Other sports exist in Games (Summer , Winter or Combat) and havent separate WSC.

Number Event First Edition Last Edition
Main Sports
1 World School Athletics Championship 1973 24th (2017)
2 World Schools Cross Country Championship 1975 23rd (2018)
3 World School Swimming Championship 1991 12th (2017)
Combat Sports
4 World School Sambo Championship 2018 1st (2018)
Team Sports
5 World School 3x3 Basketball Championship 2014 3rd (2018)
6 World School Basketball Championship 1973 24th (2017)
7 World School Beach Volleyball Championship 2011 4th (2017)
8 World School Cricket Championship 2018 1st (2018)
9 World School Flying Disc Championship 2019 1st (2019)
10 World School Football Championships 1972 26th (2017)
11 World School Futsal Championships 2007 5th (2018)
12 World School Handball Championship 1973 24th (2018)
13 World School Volleyball Championship 1972 23rd (2018)
Winter Sports
14 World School Alpine Ski Championship 1973 23rd (2016)
Other Sports
15 World School Badminton Championship 1998 18th (2018)
16 World School Orienteering Championship 1987 17th (2017)
17 World School Sport Climbing Championship 2019 1st (2019)
18 World School Table Tennis Championship 1991 15th (2018)
19 World School Tennis Championship 1995 9th (2017)
20 World School Triathlon Championship 2013 3rd (2017)
21 World School Chess Championship 2019 1st (2019)
22 World School Flying Disc Championship 2019 1st (2019)
23 World School Taekwondo Poomsae Virtual Championship 2020 1st (2020)

Source :[15]


Code Country Association
ALB Albania Albania Albanian School Sport Federation
ALG Algeria Algeria Federation Algerienne du Sport Scolaire
AND Andorra Andorra Secretariat d'état aux sports, de la jeunesse et du volontariat
ARG Argentina Argentina
ARM Armenia Armenia Federation Sportive Republicaine Des Ecoliers
AUT Austria Austria Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen
AUS Australia Australia School Sport Australia
AZE Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Ministry of Youth and Sport
BLR Belarus Belarus Republican Center of Physical Education and Sports for Pupils and Students
BAN Bangladesh Bangladesh
BAH The Bahamas Bahamas
BEN Benin Benin Ministerio de Deportes
BOL Bolivia Bolivia Ministerio de Deportes
BOT Botswana Botswana Botswana Integrated Sport Association
BRA Brazil Brazil Confederação Brasileira do Desporto Escolar
BUL Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgarian Association Sport for Students
BUR Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
CMR Cameroon Cameroon Federation Nationale des Sports Scolaire
CPV Cape Verde Cape Verde Coordenação Nacional de Educação Física e Desporto Escolar
CHI Chile Chile Club Deportivo Universidad Catica de Chile
CHN China People's Republic of China C.S.S.F. - China School Sport Federation
TPE Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei School Sport Federation
COL Colombia Colombia Coldeportes
COM Comoros Comoros Coordination de Nationale I'Education et Sport Scolaire
COD Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
CRO Croatia Croatia Croatian School Sport Federation
CYP Cyprus Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture
CZE Czech Republic Czech Republic Czech school sports clubs association
DEN Denmark Denmark Danish Schoolsport Association
DOM Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Instituto Nacional de Educacion Fisica
DGB Flag of the German Community in Belgium.svg Eastern Belgium Ministerium der Deutschsprachigen Gemeinschaft / Fachbereich Sport
ENG England England National Council for School Sports
GEQ Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
EST Estonia Estonia Estonian School Sport Union
FIN Finland Finland Finnish School Sport Federation
FLA Flanders Flemish Community Stichting Vlaamse Schoolsport
FRA France France Union Nationale du Sport Scolaire
CFB Wallonia French Community of Belgium
PYF French Polynesia French Polynesia USSP - Union du Sport Scholaire Polynesien
GAB Gabon Gabon
GAM The Gambia Gambia The University of The Gambia Sports
GEO Georgia (country) Georgia Children and Youth Sports National Federation of Georgia
GER Germany Germany Kommission Sport der KMK der Länder
GHA Ghana Ghana
GRE Greece Greece Directorate of Physical Education
GUA Guatemala Guatemala Direccion General de Educatición Fisica
GUI Guinea Guinea
HAI Haiti Haiti HSSF - Haitian School Sport Federation
HKG Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation
HUN Hungary Hungary Hungarian School Sport Federation
IND India India School Games Federation of India
IRI Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Iran School Sport Federation
ISR Israel Israel Ministry of education, culture and sports
IRL Republic of Ireland Ireland Irish School Sport Federation
ITA Italy Italy Ministero dell Instruzione dell universita e della Ricerca
CIV Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Office Ivoirien des Sports Scolaires et Universitaires
JAM Jamaica Jamaica
JOR Jordan Jordan
KGZ Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Republic School Sport Federation of Kyrgyz Republic
KAZ Kazakhstan Kazakhstan Kazakhstan School Sport Federation
KEN Kenya Kenya Kazakhstan School Sport Federation
KOS Kosovo Kosovo School Sport Federation of the Republic of Kosovo
KUW Kuwait Kuwait Ministry of Education, Kuwait
LAT Latvia Latvia Latvian School Sport Federation
LBN Lebanon Lebanon Ministry of Education and Higher Education
LIE Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Liechtensteinische landesverwaltung
LIT Lithuania Lithuania
LUX Luxembourg Luxembourg Ligue des Associations Sportive Estudiantines Lux
MKD North Macedonia Macedonia Macedonian Schools Sports Federation
MAC Macau Macau, PRC
MAD Madagascar Madagascar Fédération Omnisports scolaire Madagascar
MLI Mali Mali
MLT Malta Malta Malta School Sport Federation
MRI Mauritania Mauritania
MGL Mongolia Mongolia
MNE Montenegro Montenegro Association Montenegrine du Sport Scolaire
MAR Morocco Morocco Federation Royale Marocaine du Sport Scolaire
NEP Nepal Nepal
NED Netherlands Netherlands Koninklijke Vereniging van Leraren Lichamel?ke Opvoeding
NZL New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council
NCA Nicaragua Nicaragua Instituto Nicaraguense de Deportes
NIG Niger Niger
NGA Nigeria Nigeria Nigerian School Sport Federation
NOR Norway Norway Landslaget Fysisk Fostring i Scolen
OMA Oman Oman
PAK Pakistan Pakistan PSSF - Pakistan Schools Sports Federation
PAR Paraguay Paraguay Secretaria Nacional de Deportes
PER Peru Peru Asociacion Peruana De Deporte Escolar
POL Poland Poland Szkolny Zwiazek Sportowy
POR Portugal Portugal Gabinete Coordenador Desporto Escolar
PUR Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Propulsores del Deporte
ROU Romania Romania Scholar and University Sports Federation
QAT Qatar Qatar Qatar Sport School Federation
RSR Republika Srpska Republic of Srpska Ministry for Family, Youth and Sport
ROU Romania Romania Ministry Of Education And Research / Scholar And University Sports Federation
RUS Russia Russia Russian Socio - State Society of Physical Training
STP São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Principe
KSA Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education
SCO Scotland Scotland Scottish SchoolSport Federation
SEN Senegal Senegal Comité National de Gestion et de Relance du Sport Scolaire (CNG/RSS) - Sénégal
SRB Serbia Serbia School Sports and Olympic Education Federation of Serbia
SIN Singapore Singapore Singapore School Sport Council
SLO Slovenia Slovenia Zavod za sport RS Planica
SVK Slovakia Slovakia Slovak School Sport Association
RSA South Africa South Africa South African Sports Confederation
ESP Spain Spain Ministerio de Educacion y Ciencia
SRI Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Schools Sports Council
SUR Suriname Suriname Ministry of School and Youth Affairs
SWE Sweden Sweden Svenska Skolidrottsförbundet
SUI Switzerland Switzerland Schweizerischer Verband fur Sport in der Schule
TAN Tanzania Tanzania
TUN Tunisia Tunisia Federation Tunisienne des Sports Scolaires et Universiateires
TUR Turkey Turkey Turkiye Okul Sporlary Federasyonu
TKM Turkmenistan Turkmenistan School Sport Federation of Turkmenistan
THA Thailand Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports
UAE United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates UAE Interschool Sports Association
UGA Uganda Uganda
UKR Ukraine Ukraine School Sport Federation of Ukraine
USA United States United States Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, Inc.)


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