Setting up a National Federation

The requirements for setting up an National Federation (NF) varies by country, depending on governmental regulations. In general, the federation needs to be:

  • A not for profit organization
  • Registered with the Ministry for Sport/Ministry of Justice (or equivalent agency)
  • Not pursue any objectives for its own gains
  • Recognized by the international federation (in this case, the ISF)
  • Recognized by your National Olympic Committee (NOC)
  • Structured in line with the ISF constitution.

This generally includes having:

  • Executive board
  • Relevant committees
  • Bylaws
  • Anti-doping policies
  • Code of ethics

Basic Setup Steps

Setting up a national federation can be simple to start (steps 1-3 below), but there are additional requirements to be officially recognized. Official recognition can take a year or more depending on your country’s regulations and how organized you are.

  1. Check to see if an existing association or federation exists in your country.
  2. Decide on a name, which generally describes the sport and that the organization is a federation, for example “German Streetlifting Association.”
  3. Create a website and social media platforms containing basic information.
  4. File as a nonprofit company or organization with your federation name. This could be a sports association, corporation or other entity depending on the requirements of your government.
  5. Put your executive board and committee chairmen in place.
  6. Build the governance documents: bylaws, rules, etc. Make sure they meet the requirements of your NOC, the ISF, and your national government.
  7. Register your organization with the Ministry of Justice
  8. Apply for national recognition from your government (ministry of sport).
  9. Apply for recognition from your NOC.
  10. The ISF will recognize your organization contingent on meeting all necessary requirements.

Rights and obligations

National Federations recognized by ISF have the following rights:

  • To submit Resolutions for inclusion in the agenda of the Executive Board.
  • To propose candidates for the Executive Board and Committees of ISF.
  • To enter their athletes in any official competition of ISF, respecting the ISF rules.
  • To take part in and benefit from ISF’s assistance, development and educational programs organized directly or through the NFs; and
  • To exercise all other rights arising from the ISF Rules, and other rules decisions of ISF.

National Federations recognized by ISF have the following obligations:

  • Member NFs must maintain full control and governance of Streetlifting in their country.
  • The regulations of the ISF shall be incorporated in the corresponding regulations of the NF.
  • NFs must manage their internal affairs with total independence and ensure that no third party interferes in their operations. They must remain autonomous and resist all political, religious and financial pressure that may infringe their commitment to abide by the Rules of the ISF. Any external form of interference or attempt to interfere must be reported to the ISF.
  • The rules and regulations of the federations shall not run counter to the rules and regulations of the ISF. In case of divergence, only the rules and regulations of the ISF shall apply. The rules and the regulations of the federations must contain an express clause that in case of divergence with the rules and regulations of the ISF, only the latter shall apply.
  • The rules and regulations of the federations must make provision for an election or intern appointment system that ensures a complete independence of the national federation vis-à-vis third parties. In particular, the federations shall not allow governments and other public authorities to appoint members of the governing bodies of a federation.
  • Remain in good standing (including in good financial standing).
  • To comply with all applicable ISF rules and decisions of the Executive Board.
  • To insert in their Rules such provisions as may be required by the ISF regulations or other ISF rules.
  • Member National Federations to pay the annual fee.
  • To include the ISF Logo and the words “Member of ISF” in their letterhead.
  • All Members shall be required to submit an annual report within the first three months of each year, which shall include the following information:
    – The mail address, email address, telephone, and fax, etc.
    – A list of the Officers of the Federation.
    – Annual statistics about active membership of the Member (clubs, athletes, coaches, officials, etc.)
    – Major Championships and events to be held during the coming year, including date and location.
    – A copy of the most recent financial statements.
  • Each NF shall incorporate in its Constitution a provision to the effect that all disputes between that NF and an athlete and ISF shall be submitted to arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for final and definitive resolution.

What happens next?

Once you complete and return the ISF National Federation Affiliation Request Form, you will be notified by e-mail if your request has been accepted and any potential changes you need to make before acceptance can occur. You will then be added to the ISF database. Your website and additional information will be added as it becomes available. Please let us know if you have any questions. Our mission is to help you and to promote the sport of Streetlifting and its disciplines throughout the world.

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