International Federation for Sports Officials (IFSO) – THE NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands / International

IFSO was created the 8 of March 2019 in The Hague by 21 sports bodies, including national Olympic committees (NOCs) and international sports federations (Olympic and none Olympic). IFSO would like to be the meeting point of sports governing bodies for all questions concerning sport judges and referees.

Main IFSO areas of focus:

  • Support the recruitment of young people to sports officiating and retain their interest.

  • Support organisations to get more women through their respective development pathways, in order to officiate at the highest level.

  • Support the development of soft skill training such as communication and management skills.

  • Raise the profile of officiating, by doing so, gain recognition and respect for sport officials.

  • Look at positive ways to support the coaching of officials in order for them to achieve their own potential.

  • Support organisations with the development of effective pathways for sports officials.

  • Offer members the opportunity to access generic and sport specific e-learning programs to meet the needs of the individual at all levels of the pathway.