The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering. The IOF was founded in 1961 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977.

Introduction to the IOF (Brochure)

How the IOF works (Information for Members)


The IOF is made up of the national orienteering federations that have been admitted to membership. Only one legally constituted orienteering organisation from any one country, defined as an independent member of the IOC, may be admitted as a member.

At the moment, the IOF has 72 member countries.

The IOF may provide for provisional membership of a national organisation when first admitted to membership. A provisional member may retain that status for two Congress periods during which time the provisional member must, in the view of the IOF Council, have actively developed the sport of orienteering in that country.

Statutory institutions

The statutory institutions of the IOF are:

* The General Assembly
* The Ethics Panel
* The Council
* The IOF Office
* The Presidents’ Conference


Orienteering is the most attractive adventure-based sport for all ages


We promote the global growth of orienteering and develop competitive and recreational orienteering


Our main goal is to increase the attractiveness of orienteering:

  • to participants, and
  • to external partners

so as to be included in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.



Orienteering provides mental and physical challenge, builds life-skills and self-confidence and promotes a healthy lifestyle. We are respectful of the natural environment and promote environmental good practice. Orienteering events require limited infrastructure and a low threshold for participation. We are progressive in our response to changes in society.


We equally include people from all ethnic, religious and social backgrounds. Success by women and men is equally recognised. Orienteering is a sport for people across all generations and with varying physical abilities.


We are characterized by good governance, democracy and transparency. We are committed to fair play – characterised by the spirit of friendship. Everyone shall conduct themselves with the highest ethical standards of fairness, honesty and respect for the rules and for one another. We are committed to being a doping free sport and support the enforcement of the World Anti-Doping Code.

IOF Strategic directions 2018 – 2022 
IOF Code of Ethics
Working within the IOF (Information for Council, Commissions, staff and volunteers)
IOF Communication Policy and guidance
IOF Transgender Policy
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  • World Championships

  • World Ski Orienteering Championships 2019
    119-24 March 2019

  • World Trail Orienteering Championships 2019
    23-29 June 2019

  • World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2019
    27 July - 3 August 2019

  • Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2018
    12-17 August 2019

  • Other Upcoming Events

  • Orienteering World Cup Final 2018
    4-7 October 2018

  • South American Orienteering Championships 2018
    7-9 November 2018

  • Asian Orienteering Championships 2018
    23-26 December 2018

  • European Ski Orienteering Championships 2019
    4-11 February 2019

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  • International World Games Association

  • International Masters Games Association

  • Global Association of International Sports Federations

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  • International University Sports Federation (FISU)

  • Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM)

  • European University Sports Association

  • International School Sport Federation