Founded in Bordeaux, France, in 1991, TAFISA is the leading international Sport for All organisation. TAFISA’s ultimate vision is a sustainable active world, and it actively pursues that vision by:

  • Advocating and lobbying internationally for sustainable Sport for All and physical activity.
  • Providing networking and experience sharing opportunities
  • Supporting the development of the Sport for All and physical activity movement by providing appropriate programmes, events and consulting services.

TAFISA aims to bring joy, health, social interaction, integration and development to communities and citizens around the globe through the promotion of Sport for All and physical activity participation, regardless of disability, age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, family or civil status, culture & socio-economic condition.

TAFISA is an inclusive organization, welcoming members, partners, supporters and program participants of all types. TAFISA has over 300 members from 170 countries on all continents. Members comprise both governmental and non-governmental organisations, including national sports federations, national Olympic committees, ministries of health, culture, sport, etc., international, national, regional and local Sport for All organisations, educational institutions and individuals. TAFISA members fall into three categories: national members, international members and supporters members.

TAFISA’s highest authority is the General Assembly, which takes place every two years with the election of the TAFISA Board of Directors every four years. The last election was held on 16th November 2017 in Seoul, Korea, stablishing the current Board of Directors 2017-2021 as follows:
President: Prof.Dr. Ju-Ho Chang (Sport for All Korea Association)
Vice Presidents: Mr. Guoyong Liu (All China Sport for All Association), Mr. Peter Barendse (Knowledge Centre for Sport Netherlands), Mr. Leonard Thadeo (Ministry of Information, Youth, Culture & Sports – Tanzania), and Mrs. Catherine Forde (Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees, Trinidad & Tobago)
Treasurer: Mr. Herzel Hagay (Israel Sport for All Association)
Secretary General: Mr. Wolfgang Baumann (TAFISA)
Board Members: Prof. Dr. Yasuo Yamaguchi (TAFISA Japan), Dr. Mitra Rouhi Dehkordi (Iran Sport for All Federation), Mr. Solly Solomon Reikeletseng (Botswana National Sport Commission), Mr. Dionysios Karakasis (Greece Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports), and Mr. Janez Sodrznik (Olympic Committee of Slovenia).

TAFISA also works under the guidance of commissioners and special advisors, in relevant topics such as Education, Political Affairs, Strategic Policy and Active Cities among others.

TAFISA is well recognized and respected in the family of international leaders of sports, sciences, culture and politics. This includes official recognition by, and active cooperation with, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). TAFISA also enjoys productive working relationships with other international bodies including ICSSPE and WHO and is open to new fields of cooperation including for: Political leadership and lobbying; Programs, events and member development; Networking and knowledge and/or experience sharing; and Donations.

TAFISA has regional bodies in Europe (TAFISA Europe), Asia and Oceania (ASFAA), America (TAASFA) and Africa (TAFISA Africa).
TAFISA Europe is a network of over 75 members based in 38 countries. It focuses on the need and opportunities for successful promotion of Sport for All at the European level by strengthening networking between members and supporting their activities carried out at national and local levels. TAFISA Europe is strongly linked with other European institutions, for example the EPAS (Member of the Consultative Committee of the European Partial Agreement on Sport, Council of Europe) and the EU (Member of the European Week of Sport Advisory Board and Secretary General member of the EU Commissioner’s High Level Group on Grassroots Sports). For the first time in 2016, TAFISA Europe organised its TAFISA Europe Conference, from 16th to 18th September; implements in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The Asiania Sport for All Association (ASFAA) was formally established in 1991 and is dedicated to the promotion of the Sport for All movement in the Asian and Oceania Region. As an officially recognised regional body of TAFISA, ASFAA supports and promotes TAFISA activities in the region, as well as implementing its own activities. TAFISA welcomes organizations in the region to be members of, and benefit from, both TAFISA and ASFAA.
TAFISA Africa was formed during the TAFISA-UNESCO VIPS Training Course in April, 2012, in Tanzania. It is an informal platform whose work is based on adopted guidelines and is chaired by a Steering Committee comprising representatives of TAFISA’s members in Africa.

In response to demand for a regional body representing the needs of the Americas in the Sport for All sector, The Americas Alliance for Sport for All (TAASFA) was initiated during the 1st TAFISA Pan American Sport for All Congress in Cuba, May, 2016 as part of the CUBAMOTRICIDAD Conference. To develop TAASFA into an operational network open to governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the field of Sport for All and physical activity (SAPA), a MoU is in the process of being signed by TAFISA together with 5 other regional and international organizations working in the filed of Sport for All and physical activity in the Americas.

In 2017, TAFISA launched its ‘Mission 2030: For a Better World Through Sport for All’ to set a clear strategy for the Sport for All Movement for the next twelve years. Sport, physical activity, élite and grassroots sports, play, movement, traditional sports and games, leisure and recreational sport… Whatever we wish to call it, Sport for All has the power to make a change, to make the world a better place, to contribute to solving the world’s problems like little else can. All people are made to play, and play, in all its physical forms, is understood by all people. It crosses boundaries of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, geographic location and physical or mental abilities, and builds bridges and bonds between people. It increases physical, mental and social health, reduces environmental and economic costs, preserves cultural diversity and creates peace. It is a basic human right, and a mighty tool to combat our greatest global challenges.

Our mission is to create a better world through Sport for All by 2030 for the next generation to enjoy. Mission 2030 provides a foundation for action and growth of the Sport for All and physical activity Movement to create a better world in the twelve years between now and 2030. It contains concise descriptions of the contribution Sport for All and physical activity can and will make toward solving twelve critical global challenges, and how best we can work together to make effective change. For the first time in history, TAFISA and the global Sport for All Movement have a clear roadmap and strategy for a coherent and unified action. Mission 2030 was adopted by the TAFISA General Assembly in Seoul, Korea, on November 16, 2017. With the support of global players and other sectors, we will fully unfold the potential of Sport for All and grassroots sports for peaceful human development into the future.
TAFISA implores all its members, stakeholders, partners and friends to stand up for Sport for All, physical activity and grassroots sports, and adopt the Mission as a framework and guideline for action. It is time we all take notice, take responsibility, take action and, through Sport for All, commit to creating a better world for the next generation, by:

  • Sharing: what is successful in one school, community or country should be available to others;
  • Supporting: question not ‘what is in it for us’, but ‘what can we do for others’, and establish the exchange of experience between lesser and more developed states and countries;
  • Acting: the time for talk is over. Lead by efficient and effective example. Act with integrity.

Successful TAFISA programmes and events that have been implemented in Europe and all over the world since 1991 include:

  • Political events: TAFISA World Congresses
  • Educational programmes: TAFISA Certified Leadership Courses, TAFISA Reach out programme
  • Practical programmes and events: The TAFISA World Challenge day, The TAFISA World Walking Day
  • Active Cities Initiatives: Triple AC (Active Cities, Active Communities, Active Citizens) and SportCityNet, Take Back Your Streets… Take Back Your Future!, Global Active City Development Project
  • Traditional Sports and Games Initiatives: The TAFISA World and Regional Sport for All Games, Recall: Games of the Past – Sports for Today, European Traditional Sports and Games Platform, Regional Traditional Sports and Games Centres
  • European Week of Sport Toolbox
  • Awarding and patronage schemes

Specific attention is put on the inclusion of people of all levels of ability across TAFISA’s activities, including advocacy and Sport for All and physical activity programmes and events, which are aligned with the recommendations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006), UNESCO’s International Charter of Physical Education and Sport (1978), and UNESCO’s Berlin Declaration (2013). This is exemplified by project “Recall: Games of the Past – Sports for Today”, co-funded by the European Commission: all resources developed as part of it have been designed to ensure universal access:


The Association for International Sport for All

They are the pinnacle of the global for All movement calendar, and a flagship event for TAFISA. The Congresses are a vibrant, dynamic and interactive experience typically bringing about 500 participants from more than 80 countries together to discuss, debate and experience the latest the Sport for All movement has to offer and determine its future direction. The 25th TAFISA World Congress was held from 15th to 19th November 2017 in Seoul, Korea, with the theme “Active World 2030 – Defining a New Horizon”. The 26th TAFISA World Congress will be held from 13th to 17th November 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.


The Association for International Sport for All

It is held every four years in a different location around the globe. The TAFISA Games is a week-long spectacular display of colour, dance, sports, culture, peace, friendship and fun. The Games festival offers a voyage of discovery around the globe, as delegations from every corner of the world showcase their Traditional Sports and Games (TSG), as well as unique and interesting modern sports (extreme, beach and new sports are just some examples), and participate in international championships. TAFISA World Sport for All Games’ typically attract up to 50.000 participants and visitors from up to 100 countries, and has often been under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The next TAFISA World Sport for All Games will take place in 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.


The Association for International Sport for All

since their inception in 2007 and 2011 respectively, TAFISA has held up to eight International and National CLCs annually across the world; they were developed to train and qualify national Sport for All leaders around the globe. Some of the Certified Leadership Courses objectives are to: promote Sport for All and physical activity; provide an interactive platform for networking, exchange of experiences, discussions and debates; showcase research and development in the global Sport for All and physical activity sector; develop and train leaders and managers in the Sport for All sector; and build cooperation between National Olympic Committees, governmental bodies, Sport for All organizations and other responsible sports bodies among others.


The Association for International Sport for All

Is a friendly international competition in Sport for All and physical activity where communities from around the world compete to motivate as many people as possible to be physically active for 15 minutes on a single day – the last Wednesday each May. The event is a fun day that creates awareness and enthusiasm for physical activity and active living. World Challenge Day is open to communities of any size from any country, and since its beginning in 1991, TAFISA World Challenge Day has been growing rapidly, gathering millions of participants every year.


The Association for International Sport for All

During this day, people from all walks of life, and every corner of the globe, walk together in a celebration of being physically active. WWD is open to citizens of all ages, backgrounds, abilities and genders, and it is open to every TAFISA member organization and any interested municipality. Organizers are welcome to host more than one event, and events of different types and scales. Since 2016 as part of the European Week of Sport, the TAFISA World Walking Day draws millions of people to their streets, parks, paths and natural environments on the first weekend of October each year.