09 April 2019

IFAF proud to gain membership of global officiating body

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is delighted to confirm that it has been accepted as a member of the newly-established International Federation for Sports Officials (IFSO).

The IFSO was officially created on 8 March 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands, and the first general assembly took place immediately thereafter, at the Peace Palace, the headquarters of the International Court of Justice of the United Nations.

The Federation aims to bring together a global family of referees and umpires to share best practices and develop ideas that will benefit the entire sport community, with emphasis on gender equality and the inclusion of young, passionate people.

The Federation, is led by Frenchman Patrick Vajda, a member of the IOC Athlete’s Entourage Commission and a former member of the International Fencing Federation Refereeing Commission.

Speaking on receipt of membership confirmation IFAF President, Richard MacLean highlighted the vital role of officials in the sport: ‘Officiating is a core strand of development for IFAF.

‘We recognise the important work which officials do and the unique role which they play. We are committed to ensuring that we support our members in the work they undertake in their recruitment, development and deployment of officials. Moreover, we are committed to raising the profile of the official and educating the global football community as to their valuable role.’

MacLean continued ‘membership of IFSO provides us with a tremendous platform to learn from and share, best practice’.


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