The Federation of Irish Sport was established by Ireland’s sporting organisations in April 2002 to provide leadership, co-ordination, support and direction on key issues facing sport, while also representing the views and interests of sport to the government. The mission of the Federation is, as the definitive independent leadership voice for sport in Ireland, to be the most relevant membership body for sport organisations.

The Federation’s principle objectives are to:

  • Ensure that investment in sport is seen as a necessity by government, the public and the media;
  • Assist with the development of effective sports policy; and
  • Support the improved operational capacity of its member organisations.
Membership is open to:
  • Organisations, whether incorporated or not, recognised by Sport Ireland as a National Governing Body, and for the avoidance of doubt shall include any umbrella organisation so recognised by Sport Ireland; and
  • A body or association, other than a NGB, whether incorporated or not, whose principal objective is the promotion of sport and/or physical recreation on a not-for-profit basis in Ireland.
Membership benefits:
  • Being part of the sporting community – contributing to the only representative association for sport in Ireland.
  • Free and/or discounted rates at networking & training events.
  • Discounted legal, insurance, business advisory & accounting services with Federation partner organisations.
  • Access to and advice on Sport Dispute Solutions Ireland – the Federation’s dispute resolution service.
  • Provision of assistance or advice.
Applications for membership:
Organisations desiring to be admitted as a member of the Federation shall apply in writing to the CEO detailing the category of membership for which the application is being made together with confirmation of the number of members and accompanied by the following:

  • The constitution or governing rules of the organisation;
  • An overview of the governance structure of the organisation;
  • Contact details for the organisations’ officers and/or principal administrators;
  • Written confirmation, where applicable, from Sport Ireland confirming that the organisation is recognised by it as a NGB or where, the applicant organisation is not an NGB as recognised by Sport Ireland a copy of its most recent annual accounts, a statement of activities together with details, to include location and number, of affiliated clubs and/or participants;
  • The annual subscription or the pro rata proportion thereof applicable at the time of such application: and
  • Any other information or documents that may be required from time to time by the CEO or the Board.
Categories of Membership:
Membership is divided into five sub-categories:

  • NGBs with membership in excess of 75,000 members involved in the relevant sport.
  • NGBs with between 20,000 and 75,000 members involved in the relevant sport.
  • NGBs with between 10,000 and 20, 000 members involved in the relevant sport.
  • NGBs with less than 10,000 members involved in the relevant sport.
  • Local Sports Partnerships as recognised by the Irish Sports Council and other not for profit sports organisations whether incorporated or not, whose principal objective is the promotion of sport to be admitted at the discretion of the Board.


Each member organisation must also pay the Sport Matters Levy, which is an additional fee charged annually to the below membership rates and is calculated based on overall income.