Mapping/Control Descriptions

IOF Map Commission

International Specifications

International Specification for Orienteering Maps (ISOM 2017)
ISOM 2017 corrections approved November 2018

International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps

International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps

International Specification for Ski Orienteering Maps 2014 (updated)


ISOM 2017 Appendix 1 – CMYK Printing and Colour Definitions

Symbol set for school maps

Symbol set for school orienteering maps 2019

Control Descriptions

IOF Control Descriptions (A4)
IOF Control Descriptions (A5)

Unofficial translations
Translations are made by national federations and private persons. Please note that in any conflict between the original English IOF version and the translation, the English IOF version shall prevail.

IOF Control Descriptions French
IOF Control Descriptions Danish
IOF Control Descriptions Ukranian

Other mapping related documents

Map Clinic Instructor’s kit (external link)

Event Adviser check list for map making
Ski orienteering map_symbols and map scales (PDF)
Ski orienteering map_symbols and map scales (OCAD-9)
Ski orienteering map_symbols and map scales (OCAD-11)

Test sheet for assessing print quality for orienteering maps

International Conferences on Orienteering Mapping

2018 – Prague, Czech Republic



2016 – Strömstad, Sweden

Invitation and Call for presentation

2014 – Lavarone, Italy


2012 – Lausanne, Switzerland


2010 – Trondheim, Norway



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