1. Introduction


The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) is the world governing body for all aspects of international competition climbing. The IFSC is recognized by the IOC, is member of ARISF, Sport Accord and IWGA.

The principal purposes of the IFSC are the direction, regulation, promotion, development and furtherance of the sport of competition climbing on a worldwide basis.

The IFSC's organizational structure is described in detail in the IFSC Statutes and IFSC By Laws.

All IFSC Events shall be organized and undertaken in accordance with the regulations and Rules governing such competitions that are described hereinafter. The IFSC is the sole rights holder regarding anything that is produced within the framework of IFSC events. Among others, it includes wall design, route design, visual ect.

Calendar of International Events

The IFSC shall ensure the IFSC Calendar is constantly displayed on its website or other free to access digital platform. The IFSC maintains the right to cancel an event and/or remove an event from the calendar under the conditions defined in the present document.

The IFSC has defined a specific period for the World Cups’ season and Championships as well as a limitation in the number of World Cups per disciplines. In addition, some rest periods between the World Cups and the Championships are imposed by the IFSC in to reduce the tiredness of the Athletes.

In any case the IFSC Executive Board has the final authority over the IFSC Events 

Event regulations publication

The IFSC shall ensure an Event Organizer Handbook (EOH, present document) or a similar document is published and up to date in order to serve as a reference for the Event Organizer during their preparation of an IFSC Event.

If the present document is the guide for the Event Organizers, the IFSC Rules is the reference for the Athletes participating to the IFSC Events.

As per the IFSC Statutes, the IFSC is the sole organization allowed to publish regulation for the IFSC Events.

The IFSC reserve itself the rights to amend the EOH at its convenience, before the signature of the documents from both parts (IFSC + EO)

It is the responsibility of the Event Organiser to:

a) Accept that the promotion, development and administration of the sport of international climbing competitions are under the governance of the IFSC.

b) Ensure that no financial or other agreement shall be entered into with an organisation (e.g. television and/or digital media, competition sponsors, local organising body, etc.) which conflicts with IFSC's own agreements without first obtaining the written approval of the IFSC.

c) Seek at all times the advice and agreement of the IFSC in respect to any decision that may conflict with the best interest of the sport.

d) Make sure not to use any other denomination, identification, or graphic combination than the one approved by the IFSC. Any modification or addition, presented in any official document, (including advertising) is subject to IFSC written authorisation.

e) Report on all official documents the logo of the IFSC and the IFSC partners, with the four letters “IFSC”, including documents such as result sheets and press releases

f) Ensure security service to Teams and Officials in order to prevent them as much as possible from any external threat due to the host country situation or geopolitical situation pertaining to the country of registered Team(s) or Official(s). This is also valid for participating audience to the Event. 

The IFSC reserves itself the right to impose security procedures, at the Event Organiser expenses, or cancel partly or totally the Event if the provisions listed above is not judged sufficiently respected

2. Youth World Championships

It is the responsibility of the IFSC, as world governing body for all aspects of international competition climbing to manage the administrative tasks pertaining to the coordination of the IFSC Event. 

Global Timeline

The Global timeline is the fundamental document which clarifies the division of responsibility between IFSC and EO, during the preparation of an IFSC event. The timing of the different steps is also expressed, as well as a short description of the duties.

3. Venue

The Venue's facilities represent the following areas necessary for the good running of the event:

  • Field of Play (FOP) 
  • Back of the House (BOH)
  • Front of House (FOH)

The IFSC Technical Delegate is appointed by the IFSC and his authority falls on the all above areas. The IFSC Venue Delegate is supervising the general management of the Venue, including the FOP layout, BOH and FOH management.

Access to the above areas with the exception of the FOH shall be restricted to authorised persons.

The Venue shall also comprise side activities areas, such as promotion and commercial booths, restaurant and bars, sport initiation. Promotional and commercial activities inside the Venue shall be agreed in advance with the IFSC. Any other commercial activity in connection to an IFSC Climbing Event held outside the competition Venue (city centre, park, training gym) shall be communicated and agreed at least 2 months in advance with the IFSC.

The Event Organiser shall provide the venue and the facilities in accordance with the National and International regulations on Health and Safety governing these facilities.

Objective of these areas are described on their specific sections.

Field of Play (FOP)

The FOP is defined as the area for the sporting competition plus the immediate and surrounding support areas at which a boundary separates from the other areas.

The FOP for Sport Climbing includes the following but not only:

·       Climbing wall with holds as well as the floor covered by mattresses. For complete requirements, please refer to the sport equipment section. 

·       A Transit zone visually separated from, but adjacent to the climbing wall 

·       Starting Gate at exit of the transit zone and visible to the audience.

·       The receiving space: space for climbers coming down from the walls, which can also be used to settle the podium and the podium backdrop.

·       Jury Area: which shall be immediately front to the wall, though respecting a security distance used for Athletes falling / being brought down by belayers

·       Team Officials zone: immediately adjacent to the Jury area zone, this zone is restricted to the Team Officials having athletes participating in the round.

·       Leaders Corner

For a complete written description of the FOP, please refer to the FOP description and the Event Branding.

Please note that the complete FOP layout shall be sent to the IFSC office prior to the event (refer to GlobalTimeline). FOP design shall include design of the climbing wall and shall be sent in SketchUp format.

Back of the House (BOH)

Back of the House (BOH)

The Back of the House consist of all the technical areas for preparation, storage room and offices for involved parties such as:

  • Isolation zone: a restricted area for the Athletes and Team Officials to warm up and prepare for the competition rounds. It may be localized out of the Venue event and should consist of a general area for relaxation and refreshment and an area that includes a warming-up wall. This zone is not in view of the audience and exit to the transit zone. No medias, exception for the IFSC Official Photographer and IFSC TV Crew, are allowed to enter in Isolation when athletes are in
  • Office for the IFSC Officials
  • Office for IFSC representatives (i.e. President, Staff)
  • Medical and Anti-doping rooms for activities and personnel
  • Route Setters storage room, whose access shall be managed by the Route Setting team and with large storage possibility
  • EO Office
  • Parking lot for Production Team trailer
  • Parking lot for the SNG truck, not more than 50 m. away from the Production Team office.

Access to the BOH shall be restricted to authorized personnel.

BOH design shall be sent to the IFSC for approval (refer global timeline). Designing files shall be sent in SketchUp format.

To read the complete description of this area click here

Front of House (FOH)

The Front of House is the part of the Venue that is open to public; it is included but not limited to:

  • Media Area
  • Audience Area
  • IFSC Production team Area

Please click here to access a complete description of the Front of House.

Media Areas

To provide media representatives with the best working conditions, the following facilities are required:

  • Press Office
  • Mixed Zone
  • Media Corridor
  • Reserved Audience Area
  • Elevated area

Audience Area

The Audience Area shall be established in agreement with national and international Health & Safety regulations. Audience Area shall foresee a dedicated access path for disabled people.

The audience area shall include the following areas:

  • General Audience Area
  • Climber and Teams Area (different than Team Officials zone, and for non-participating Athletes and Team Officials) 
  • VIP Area and IFSC reserved Area


  • A sound system used for a speaker to address audience and to play entertaining music and a video screen system.
  • A Light system to emphasise the climbing performance and adequate for the TV production.
  • Gobos projection for light animation on the climbing wall

The Event Organiser shall ensure that a video screen of a sufficient size for the venue audience showing both the progress of each athlete and the current ranking of the leading athlete is installed for the duration of the competition. The IFSC will provide the software that will ensure the displaying of all the above-mentioned information. When live images are shown on a Video-board during the event, the EO will provide two screens: 

  • One for the result (Scoreboard)
  • One for the images (Video - board)

The Event Organiser shall ensure that the light system is adequate for the show and for the broadcasting production. IFSC strongly suggest to use at least 2 spotlights per wall and to avoid using of colorize lights during the performance of athletes. Bright white colour lights on the wall is suggested, black lights can instead be used for different levels of contrast.

In case the Event Organiser would like to use gobo projection, logos shall be displayed before or after but not during competition. If a gobo projection includes sponsors logos, it shall be agreed and communicated to the IFSC at least 2 months in advance.

The Event Organiser is resposible to comply with the National regulation, with regards to the audience and the organisation of the event. The Event Organiser shall also be responsible to communicate to the audience (by visible signs, announcement by the local speaker, communication on EO website or written on tickets) the following information:

  • Filming of the competition is prohibited
  • Spectators with filming equipment are not allowed to access the competition venue.
  • Only accredited medias are allowed to access the venue with professional photographic or filming equipment.

IFSC is committed to providing a safe environment for the Athletes who are competing in his events. Part of this commitment is to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect Athletes, especially minor age 18 Athletes, from the inappropriate use of their images in resource and media publications, on the internet and elsewhere.

Use of Photographic equipment at IFSC events

There are differentiation made in professional and personal equipment use:

  • Personal Equipment: Mobile phones cameras, basic point and digital SLR cameras
  • Professional equipment: Digital Cameras, large SLR cameras with tripods and different lenses and/or material for the on-site editing of shoot.

IFSC production team area

The EO shall provide a space for the IFSC video production team. The space shall be large enough for 4 desks, 6 screens and additional equipment. The desk should be no further than 15 meters from the wall, and it shall be placed in a restricted access zone. The webcasting crew need to have the timer directly linked with the production table. Please note that platforms need to be arranged, in order to place the cameras of the webcasting crew. In case of outdoor events, a warm and dry sheltered area should be provided in order to protect the equipment from the weather elements (e.g. rain) and to allow the crew to be warm while editing and uploading files. The EO shall provide to the IFSC Webcasting Crew a secure and locked space to store equipment during the days of the Event. The EO shall also provide also a space for the commentators. The space shall have a good view on the FOP and shall be separate from the Audience Area.

For the complete description of the TV crew equipment, please check the IFSC production team requirements. Electricity system sufficient to accommodate all the above + back-up electrical power source should be provided. A UPS back-up (900 watts) have to be provide for oversea event (China, Japan, USA).

Internet connection: the webcasting connection shall be independent from the other and be effective from 24 hours before the event to 10 hours after the event. 

4. Sport Equipment & route setting

The IFSC goal is to ensure a fair and high-quality environment for the IFSC events. For this reason, the IFSC launched the Official Sport Equipment project. All the information are available on IFSC website. The Sport Equipment project establishes the authorised brands and products for IFSC events.

The regulation is different depending to each sport climbing discipline. The Event Organiser is responsible to provide all sport equipment items necessary to run a sport climbing competition. For the Sport Equipment items that are not regulated by IFSC policies, it is responsibility of the Event Organiser to make sure that they comply with highest standard of safety and quality. 


The Event Organiser of Speed IFSC events shall refer to the IFSC website - speed section. The Event Organiser shall follow all specifications in order to validate the Speed sport equipment for World Record purposes. 

Boulder and Lead

The event organiser of Boulder and Lead IFSC events shall refer to the catalogue of Holds, Macros and Volumes available on IFSC website

Starting from the 2021 season of IFSC events, only the brands listed into the Official Sport Equipment – Catalogue Holds, Macros and Volumes are allowed on the Field of Play. 

The specific requirements related to climbing walls are described into the Climbing Wall Requirements.

Route Setting

Route Setting is a fundamental aspect of sport climbing competitions. Event Organiser shall comply with the requirements specify in the Routesetting Checklist. 

5. Safety


The Event Organiser shall be solely responsible for maintaining all safety and security precautions within the competition venue, in particular this includes:

·       The restricted (FOP, isolation / transit zones) and non-restricted areas.

·       All transportations required (i.e. between distant isolation and competition venue or hotels to competitions venues) and organised by the Event Organiser for registered Teams and Officials

·       Beverages and food provided at the competition venue or in other places (i.e. hotels, reception places) where registered Teams and Officials are present

·       Security measures like access control, crowd management, and security screening.


IFSC Officials authority on safety

When appointed, the Jury President, in consultation with the Chief Route Setter, shall have the sole authority in respect to any question of safety within the isolation and Field of Play area - including declining to give permission to start or continue any part of the competition.

Any officials or other persons deemed, by the Jury President, to have infringed or, in his/her opinion, be likely to infringe safety procedures shall be subject to summary removal from their duties and/or dismissal from the isolation and Field of Play areas.

Every precaution shall be taken to ensure safety. Each route and/or boulder shall be designed to avoid the possibility of:

·       Injuring the athlete

·       Injuring or obstructing any other athlete

·       Injuring any person of the organization (Officials, volunteers, media)

·       Injuring audience

The IFSC Judge shall also decide, in the interest of safety and in consultation with the Chief Route Setter and with the approval of the Jury President, whether or not to have the climbing rope pre-fixed to the first (and, where deemed appropriate, other) protection points. Wherever possible, the design of the route should be such as to make such precautions unnecessary.

Drones and safety

Please note that no filming drones flying above the FOP and the audience area are authorised. Eventually and under the IFSC authorization, the Event Organiser may be allowed to use drones. In that case, the Event Organiser shall be responsible of getting all the necessary authorisation and make the procedures respected. The flight zones should be defined and agreed prior to the event with the IFSC Venue Delegate.

Noise level

Average noise levels at IFSC events may not exceed 85 decibels. Noise levels at IFSC events may never exceed 100 decibels anywhere at the event competition. The audience and participants may not be allowed within 3 meters of any loudspeaker. The IFSC Technical Delegate and IFSC Venue Delegate can also require to decrease the level of noise, even within the 85 decibels, if the volume of music is considered disturbing for athletes’ performance, for the TV live broadcasting or any other reasons. 


IFSC Standards (as per IFSC Rules)

Any technical equipment used in International Climbing Competitions must meet the relevant EN Standard (or comparable International equivalent) unless otherwise specified by the IFSC or, under exceptional circumstances, by the Technical Delegate and/or Jury President through the authority delegated to them by the IFSC. 

The relevant standards as at the date of issue for these documents are specified within IFSC Rules

Unless otherwise specified by the IFSC or, under exceptional circumstances, by the Jury President through the authority delegated to her/him by the IFSC.

The Event Organizer is the sole responsible to ensure that all the certificates are provided by the manufacturer and constructor, that the walls, climbing equipment and other equipment required for the good running of the event are built or installed in full compliance with the related EN standard, national or other local norms governing this kind of structure.

Under specific circumstances, the IFSC Delegate may be instructed by the IFSC to carry with him some technical equipment, providing the Event Organizer with that gear (certified quicklinks, ropes, etc.) which is not available in their countries. The IFSC will charge the cost of this gear to the Event Organiser 



Competition Operations 

1. Route Setting
The Event Organiser is responsible to provide elevating system to the route setting team that are in accordance with the international standards and shall provide an instructor or an operator if the system provided requires specific competences. In addition the climbing walls shall be ready to receive public and therefore shall not be in a construction stage that endanger the route setting team.

In case the Chief Route Setter estimate the safety conditions are not sufficient, he has the power to impose any required measure to the Event Organiser to restore the safety condition. He may also report to the IFSC Sport Department and suggest an event cancellation.

Regarding rope access regulations:
The Event Organiser will be requested to inform the Route Setting team of the country regulation for all work in height regulations and if required provide the required equipment to protect them and the environment. The IFSC route setting team will have to strictly comply with these regulations.

2. Pre-competition checks

The Event Organiser is responsible to ensure that local facility and all sport equipment comply with the local, international and IFSC safety requirements.

The Event Organiser shall ensure that appropriately qualified medical personnel and a competition event doctor are in attendance in order to:

·       Ensure a rapid response to any accident or injury to a Team member or Officials acting in the framework or its mission during the Event

·       Do a check-up of an athlete when the Jury President makes a request to the Event doctor


3. Belaying (if any)

Providing a safety belaying is a key promise to the participating team, the Event Organiser is fully responsible to provide it with the highest standard of realisation. In addition, belayers shall have a confirmed level of climbing and more specifically belaying elite sport climbers. In general, belayers shall only use an approved single rope provided by the Event Organizer. The frequency with which the rope is changed shall be decided by the IFSC Judge. The IFSC Judge has the authority to demand the immediate replacement of any belayer (if necessary, stopping the competition and declaring a technical incident) and any other person he/she feels jeopardizes safety standards.

6. Result system

The IFSC will provide scoring software as well as a live result system. Event Organiser shall make sure National judges are experienced enough to handle live result system devices. It is responsibility of the Event Organiser to provide a dedicated internet connection to the judges to manage the results during competition.

The official result service is the IFSC result service. All results lists should be printed using the template provided by the IFSC scoring software; hand-written lists or sections of lists shall not be permitted.

7. Infosheet and Event Program


Standard Duration of an IFSC event depends on the number of disciplines.

The IFSC Sport Department is the organism in charge to propose a standard schedule to the Event Organiser. Factors as venue indoor/outdoor, side events, size of the walls may impact on the duration expressed above. The IFSC Schedule shall be sent to the IFSC (refer to Global Timeline) for approval.

No more than 2 rounds of competition per category shall be organised in the same day. The IFSC events should be run between 9.00 and 23.00 of each day of competition.

If the event organiser wishes to use the competition boulders/routes after the end of the finals, the signs (START, TOP, ZONE, etc.) should be removed. The Event Organiser should inform the IFSC about any meetings between different stakeholders (coaches, NFs, etc.) taking place during the IFSC event

Information Sheet 

The communication prior the event plays a key role on the preparation of the event. The Infosheet is the document used from the EO and IFSC to transmit all the necessary information to the stakeholders. Here you can find an example of infosheet from the previous years. 

The Event Organiser shall take care of providing general information such as the:

  • Competition schedules
  • Travel information
  • Visa information and assistance process
  • Event Organiser and IFSC Official names and contact details

All the above information shall be provided through an information sheet, made ready to the IFSC Technical Delegate as for global timeline. There is a maximum of 8 EO's sponsor logos displayed in this document.

This schedule can be revised by the IFSC Technical Delegate and a final brief shall be done the day before the Event start. The Technical Delegate has final authority on the schedule of the event. In case of problems during the competitions (i.e bad weather) or for whatever relevant reasons, he/she has the authority to change the schedule accordingly.

8. Ceremonies

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony for IFSC Events are not mandatory. However, if any, the formal Ceremonies should be held without an entertainment component. If the event organiser decides to host an opening Ceremony, all the IOC flags of the attending Countries must be displayed. 

Award Ceremony

Awarding ceremony must be provided as a formal conclusion of the IFSC Events.The Award Ceremony shall comply with the IFSC protocol available here

Paraclimbing ceremony 

Please note that Paraclimbing awarding ceremony shall be conducted respecting the different disabilities of the athletes. Podium should be designed with accessible platform (i.e. using ramps) and respecting the protocol designed by the International Paralympic Commitee. 

Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony is not compulsory for IFSC events. If any, the Closing Ceremony normally will take place immediately after the Medal Awarding Ceremony. The following people in the following order normally give speeches: 

The IFSC President or his representative 

The Mayor or Head of the City where the event is held

The President of the Organising Federation

Social Events 

The Event Organiser should require approval of the IFSC in order to run any social/sport/cultural or entertainment events that are connected with the IFSC competition. 

9. Logistic and other services

The Event Organizer is responsible to assure the implementation of the following services to the athletes and the National Team.



It is the responsibility of the Event Organizer to provide a letter of invitation and any other documents necessary to enter the national territory to all the team members and IFSC staff. The Event Organiser shall ensure that all documents are sent at least 3 months before the event.

The Event Organizer shall provide this service at no other cost for the Team as the one required by the national administration.


Accommodation for Team

The Event Organizer is required to provide the Teams with a list of hotels of different standards in the close proximity to the venue.

In case no convenient hotel can be found, the Event Organizer shall organise transportation service at all hours to / from the venue to main hotels used by the Teams.


Air Travel

In case the host city requires more than 15 hours flight time for more than 50 % of the possible participating teams, the Event Organizer shall enter into discussion with airlines in order to provide Teams with convenient offers in term of price and itinerary flight ticket.


Local Transportation

Assistance in local transportation is recommended, either via agreement with the local authorities or a shuttle service proposed to the Teams. The Event Organiser might be required to provide airport pick-up and drop off to team members and IFSC representative.



The Event Organizer shall ensure, and provide evidence to the IFSC several months before the Event that the insurance cover for the event is in compliance with all international and national regulations regarding sport events.


Accreditation System

For all the personnel attending the Event the Event Organiser shall implement the IFSC accreditation system.  Printing of all badges is responsibility of the Event Organiser. The table can be found here. The IFSC might require additional accreditation for IFSC members and VIPs, to be provided by the Event Organiser.

IFSC meetings and hospitality

The IFSC maintains the right to use the event for meetings and/or representation. In such case, the Event Organiser is responsible to provide an appropriate room to the IFSC.

CAC – Climbers Against Cancer

The IFSC strongly support the running of initiative and workshop between the Event Organisers and the CAC organisation, during the IFSC events. 

10. Anti-doping

The Event Organizer shall arrange for anti-doping tests to be carried out in compliance with the national regulations governing international sport in their country, the WADA Code, and the IFSC Anti-Doping Rules (available on the IFSC website).

At a minimum, all winners of the IFSC event will be subject to anti-doping tests. In addition, post competition testing will be required for any world record in Speed

11. Human Resources

The Event Organiser must assign a team to run the operation pertaining to the Event preparation. The Event Organiser is the responsible entity for what regards the management of the local team. The number of people and their competences should be coherent to guarantee the running the competition under IFSC World Cup standards. The Event Organiser team shall be composed of highly skilled and English fluent personnel for each position. Team Members working or volunteering at the event must wear an identifying uniform.

The Event Organiser shall provide a local announcer to comment live actions of an IFSC Climbing event. Local Announcer shall be fluent in English. IFSC strongly recommend to the local announcer to stick to NASPAA Code of Conduct

IFSC Team and Officials: appointment

The IFSC may nominate the following officers and/or officials to assist the Event Organiser in the event preparation and running.

  • IFSC President or one (1) designated Board member representing the IFSC
  • Technical Delegate
  • Venue Delegate
  • Communication staff
  • Production team
  • Chief route Setter and Route Setters
  • Jury President
  • Judge(s)

    IFSC will cover honorarium, travel expenses, meals (up to 35 EUR per day) and accommodation (up to 75 EUR per night) for the above-mentioned roles in an hotel corresponding to standards defined below.

    Any reservation made by the Event Organiser must be carried out upon receipt of the direct communication from the IFSC Office. The Event Organiser should send a proposed quotation and hotel arrangement for the team described above, except the IFSC production team. Upon confirmation of the IFSC, the Event Organiser will arrange the accommodation in a close to venue (15 min maximum by any means) three-star hotel or equivalent. Please note that if the amount for accommodation and meals will be higher than the maximum established above, the difference will be covered by the Event Organiser.

    The IFSC reserves the right to send additional staff to the event. The Event Organiser might be requested to arrange the accommodation for any additional IFSC staff, and to re-invoice the IFSC for the hotel rooms. In such case, the amount will be paid fully by the IFSC, subject to validation of the quotation before the booking from the EO.

    Please check the description of responsibilities and roles of IFSC and EO team here 

    12. Media and communication

    Media Management

    Online Media Accreditation Form

    To be granted a media accreditation at an IFSC event, all media representatives must go through the online registration form, available here.

    The Event Organizer is responsible for providing the different types of badges as determined by the IFSC media list. Click here to see the chart and the association between the different types of accreditation and the accessible areas. Any failure to comply with the Accreditation Chart will result in the withdrawal of the accreditation.

    Media representatives cannot be granted any other type of accreditation, such as Team Officials, and vice-versa. The Technical Delegate has the right to withdraw both accreditations in case this rule is not respected.

    Code of Conduct

    All media, especially photographers and tv crews, must comply with the IFSC Codes of Conduct. The Codes of Conduct have been written to guarantee athletes and officials with a safe and comfortable environment to perform their role and take into account media and broadcasting rights. Please, check the IFSC Event Media Policy.

    Media Representatives Expenses

    In the event that a media representative from outside the host country wish to attend an IFSC event and request financial assistance, the burden is to be distributed and shared between the IFSC and the Event Organizer. Given that both parties see the benefit of hosting a media representative, both parties will make an effort to cover his or her expenses. In this situation, the IFSC will cover the travel costs between the representative’s country and the city that hosts the event, while the Event Organizer will cover the costs of accommodation, meals and other expenses on site. This agreement is valid for a maximum of three (3) media representatives per competition.

    Press Jackets

    All media representatives who have access to the Media Corridor must wear a distinctive and specific jacket. Different colours of jackets shall be made available for different groups of media representatives, according the rights that have been granted to them.

    Journalists and media reporting on the event without having access to the Media Corridor are not required to wear the jacket.

    Management of specific requests

    The photographers and the broadcasters may only access the Media Corridor. Under no circumstances shall them or any other non-authorised personnel be allowed to enter the Field-Of-Play, unless previously authorised by the IFSC Technical Delegate.

    Photographers and broadcasters are not allowed to operate from the top of the wall. However, if possible, the use of a cherry-picker or lift is permitted if properly secured, and the access to this elevated platform is restricted.

    Access to the isolation area is strictly prohibited.

    It is required to have volunteers managing the access to the different media areas during the whole competition. Such areas are reserved for media and cannot be used by any other personnel.

    TV-rights policy

    The IFSC released a TV-rights policy in order to clarify the broadcasters’ rights in terms of filming and usage of IFSC footage. The policy is available here.

    IFSC communication coverage

    Press releases 

    The IFSC will issue a Press Release both before and after the Event. The IFSC will send these Press Releases to its international media database and to all National Federations. The National Federations will then be able to translate them and send them to their national medias.

    Following the event, IFSC will send the Event Organiser an international press review compiled via an online platform. In order to have a complete international press review, the Event Organiser will send to the IFSC all information about national coverage and national press clippings (with digital copies) related to the event. Prior to the Event, the Event Organiser will provide the IFSC with a list of keywords in the native language of the host country, to be used by the IFSC when gathering press clippings (International Federation of Sport Climbing, Climbing, Sport Climbing, World Cup, World Championships, Youth World Championships, Paraclimbing, host country/city name).

    IFSC Photographer

    An IFSC official Photographer will be in attendance at each international IFSC event. For larger events, the IFSC reserves the right to send more than one Photographer, in addition to an assistant to aid the official Photographer(s). 

    Photographs supplied by the official Photographer shall be displayed on IFSC digital communications platforms (e.g. website, social media), with free access to journalists for online editorial use relating to the event only. Following the event, the photographs will be available through the IFSC Flickr page. 

    Should the Event Organiser wish to use said photographs for any other purpose, they must seek permission from the IFSC in advance. 

    The IFSC official Photographer benefits from additional access rights, allowing him/her to take photographs at the bottom of the wall (receiving stage), as well as operating from the top of the wall if fully secured. 

    The Event Organiser Photographer access should be equivalent to that of the IFSC official Photographer.

    The event organiser must guarantee a safe and comfortable working environment for the IFSC Official Photographer, including fair treatment equal to that of the Event Organiser Photographer, high speed internet connection and an editing room available for up-to six hours after the competition has ended.

    IFSC digital media

    The IFSC will communicate before, during, and after the event on its website and its social media. In order to do this effectively, the IFSC requires the Event Organiser to provide information before the beginning of the event. At a minimum, this should include:

    • Infosheet
    • National event website address
    • Any relevant social media platform names (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as applicable) 

    Also appreciated would be:

    • Short presentation of the event
    • Press releases sent to national media
    • Official teaser video of the event
    • Pictures of the ongoing preparation
    • Communication about promotional activity
    • Link to the ticketing platform (if any)
    • Any information for the spectators

    IFSC Report

    The IFSC provides a Report after each event. This Report aims at providing detailed information on the international promotion of the Event including broadcasting, webcasting, social media statistics, media, branding, etc. It also helps to provide relevant information to current and potential sponsors.

    13. Sponsorships and Branding


    Together with the Event Organiser, the IFSC must ensure that climbing competitions are ideal communication platforms for commercial sponsors. All commercial sponsors shall be displayed in accordance with the Event Branding.  

    Taking this into consideration, the Event Organiser will pay particular attention to the following points: 

    • Strict respect of marketing rights allocation 
    • Qualitative choice and professional display of branding elements on the Field of Play and in the venue 
    • Proper display of IFSC and Event Organiser sponsors logos on all communication materials related to IFSC Event. 

    As the owner of the event rights, the IFSC will guarantee each of its sponsors visibility/presence on its events through, among others, logo placement, gobos, videos, booths, animations, etc. The implementation of these rights will not generate any additional costs to the IFSC or its sponsor(s).

    Sponsors Exclusivity:

    In order to maximize the viability of IFSC events, IFSC aims to implement exclusive sponsorship categories for both sides.

    1. IFSC will have exclusivity in the following categories (already in contract ):

    • Airline
    • Pesticides, repellents, fertilizers, soil for seed planting and herbicides, for household use

    2. IFSC will have exclusivity in the following categories (potential sponsors):

    • Network and Tele-communications
    • Audio Visual Equipment and Home Appliances
    • Real Estate
    • Trading Conglomerates Company (Import, Export and Investment)
    • Pharmaceutical products
    • Healthcare products
    • Automobile
    • Timing
    • Cosmetic
    • Energy drink
    • Soft drink

    The engagement of tobacco and alcohol companies as sponsors (brands above 20 percentage alcohol) is not permitted by the IFSC for any Event. 

    List of IFSC Sponsors for 2021 (as of November 2020 - will evolve) 

    The sponsors below are NOT subject to exclusivity on the Event:

    • Kailas (Safety gears, Ropes and Apparel)
    • Entre-Prises (Climbing Walls)
    • Luxov (Connected Holds/Climbing)
    • Perfect Descent (Auto Belay)
    The sponsors below are subject to exclusivity on the Event:
    • Earth (pesticides, repellents, fertilizers, soil for seed planting and herbicides, for household)
    • JAL (airline) 

    Countdown Clock:

    If any, IFSC time keeping sponsor has priority in the advertising on the countdown clock. The surface of the logo shall be maximum equal to the clock surface, wherever the clock is displayed (wall, giant screen...). The Countdown Clock should be located visible to the spectators and camera crew (either broadcasters and/or webcast crew).

    Event Organiser’s sponsors promotion on IFSC Live Webcasting: 

    The IFSC retains all marketing rights connected to the Webcasting of Events (advertising space, clips and other), as well as related revenues. However, the Event Organiser will be permitted to have the sponsors of their choice shown on the Live streaming. The Event Organiser's sponsors logos (maximum 5) will be inserted on the generic logo board of Live Webcasting production to be displayed at the beginning of the Live Webcasting. All Event Organiser's sponsors logos must be sent to IFSC in high-resolution electronic format before the event, refer to Global Timeline.

    Gobos on the walls:

    Both the Event Organiser and the IFSC can use gobos to display sponsors logos on the wall. However, it should not interfere with the athletes on the wall and thus can only be used when there is no athlete on the surface.

    Event Branding

    2021 Event Branding document

    To support the Event Organiser in achieving consistent branding on events, the IFSC designed a 2021 Event Branding document. This document contains the Graphic Charter and Field Of Play design (FOP). It shall be strictly followed by the Event Organiser. 

    The IFSC will design the Graphic Charter of each event on behalf of each Event Organiser. Process will be as follows:

    1. The IFSC will send the EO a spreadsheet to be filled out with all the necessary information
    2. The EO will fill out the matrix and send it back to the IFSC with all the EO sponsors logos in .ai format
    3. The IFSC will design the poster and send it to the EO and the IFSC sponsors for validation
    4. Once the poster is validated and ready for printing, the IFSC will design all the other elements of the graphic charter and send them to the EO and the IFSC sponsors for validation
    5. Once the elements are validated by the EO and the IFSC, the EO can proceed with the production

    Design and printing of the branded materials are according to the Global Timeline. It is responsibility of the Event Organiser to ensure the printing of all the elements described into the Event Branding document, and to borne the costs associated to it. 

    Additional Branding

    Additional materials can be designed either by the IFSC or the Event Organiser and printed/displayed by the Event Organiser. These additional materials will be in line with the 2021 Event Branding, giving equal visibility to IFSC and Event Organiser partners. If not designed by the IFSC, these additional materials will be obligatorily sent to the IFSC for validation prior to the Event. No other documents than the ones validated by the IFSC can be used on the Event.

    It is the responsibility of the Event Organiser to make sure that branded materials are produced on time and displayed properly. The design of the branded materials will be sent and validated by the IFSC prior to the Event, according to the Global Timeline.

    Globally, the Event Organiser shall arrange the venue (meaning outside the FOP) to ensure an optimal visibility of the main stakeholders:

    • the IFSC
    • the Event Organiser
    • the IFSC sponsors
    • the Event Organiser’s sponsors
    Special attention will be given to:
    • Entrance/lobby
    • Welcome desk
    • VIP area
    • Press office
    • Access to the FOP

    Event Logo

    The IFSC provides an Event logo for each IFSC event to be used on all the promotional materials.

    In order to develop an eco-friendly behavior and reduce costs, the Event Organiser may request to use the Event Logo without the date. In such case, the Event Organiser will seek the agreement of the IFSC.

    Event Name

    The IFSC Youth World Championships will use the same wording: “IFSC Climbing Youth World Championships" – "Discipline(s)" “City” Year”. 

    Promotion on Video Board

    During each round of competition (approx. 5 minutes before the competition starts until the ceremony podium), the IFSC webcast will be displayed on the Video Board. Outside the rounds of competition, the Event Organiser should display the following content (but not limited to): 

    • Footage of the event (replays, slow motion, interviews…)
    • IFSC logo
    • Event Organiser logo
    • Event Logo
    • IFSC sponsors ads - maximal length: 30 seconds per sponsor
    • Event Organiser’s sponsors ads - maximal length: 30 seconds per sponsor
    • IFSC institutional videos
    • Event Organiser’s institutional videos

    An additional screen (Score Board) should show the current ranking of the Event. Please check the section Front of House for more details

    14. Broadcasting and IFSC production team

    The IFSC is the sole owner of broadcasting (TV and digital) rights relating to all IFSC Events. 

    Management of the Broadcasters is detailed here

    Where there is no IFSC deal in place, both the IFSC and the Event Organiser will be allowed to discuss deals (live or delayed content) with domestic broadcasters, at a national level (Country where the event is organised). By domestic broadcasters, we refer to domestic TV and digital platforms. However, the following conditions apply

    1. The IFSC will be involved at every stage of the negotiations and will sign the deal, in English.
    2. If any host broadcasting is present and approved, the IFSC shall be given free-of-charge access to the signal and isocam footage where available. Production shall be in HD and availability shall be international with no bias to local interest.
    3. Any digital platform contacted by the Event Organiser will be geoblocked to the domestic territory of the event. On a case by case basis, the IFSC may be offering wider distribution.

     At an international level, the IFSC is the owner of all rights for International TV distribution: 

    • The IFSC retains the right to produce its own signal or to access an Event Organiser broadcast signal, either as a live feed or delayed feed for broadcasting purposes and/or for distribution to its own broadcast sponsors, and/or for upload to IFSC platforms and/or IFSC clients’ platform.
    • The Event Organiser will ensure that the timing of each competition is respected in order to respect live web broadcasting/broadcasting programs.

    The Event Organiser is entitled to a copy of the footage of the Event and to any clip of the Event, but no commercial exploitation of the footage, as a whole or in part, is allowed. The Event Organiser may be allowed to use the footage to produce its own clip but shall seek the agreement of the IFSC prior to it. This clip shall not be subject to any commercial use and shall be produced in the national language only. The IFSC retains all copyrights.

    TV Rights Policy

    The IFSC has released a TV Rights Policy in order to clarify the Broadcasters rights in terms of filming and use of IFSC footage.

    Production team

    The Event Organiser will be responsible for the TV Production of the event, according to the IFSC requirements displayed here. Additional information are included into the Production Team requirements document.  The IFSC will find the best solution to propose TV graphics and English commentator. 

    15. Sustainability

    IFSC has produced Sustainability Guidelines aiming to provide simple, practical and essential information on key aspects of sustainability for member federations and Event Organisers to be better able to navigate the complexities of this subject and develop effective sustainability programmes. 

    We hope these guidelines will provide a valuable overview and reference point for this important topic. We also know that sustainability is a constantly evolving discipline, with new issues, challenges and opportunities always needing to be addressed. We therefore welcome feedback, comments and suggestions so that we can continually improve our guidance and ensure our material is as fresh, relevant and accurate as possible. 

    The IOC’s official definition of sustainability is that, when making decisions, we ensure feasibility, and we seek to maximise positive impact and minimise negative impact in the social, economic and environmental spheres. Each of us can participate in making the world a better place through sport.

    At the end of 2021 season of Events, the IFSC shall reward organisers who have incorporated sustainable considerations throughout all levels of their event strategy. 

    16. Fees

    The Event Organiser will provide free accommodation and meals for the all the officials nominated by the IFSC, for the entire duration of their stay. For reference, please check the section Human Resources.  

    The IFSC Sport Department remain at your disposal for any advice on the budget preparation.

    Unless specific notice, the Event Organizer agrees to pay to the IFSC the applicable fees within 30 days of receipt of invoice for all Event Fees.

    Late payments after the thirty (30) day period shall be subject to 6% penalty until full payment is received.

    Any additional services or special services requested by the Event Organizer for its own purposes will result in costs being borne by the Event Organizer.

    The Event Organiser is required to provide the IFSC with a detailed provisional budget of the event while signing the EOH, as well as an approved financial report after the event.

    Other expenses

    In addition to the IFSC fees, other budget items shall be considered for the event from the Event Organiser. These are listed below but comprises mostly:

    • All costs associated with organizing and running the Event
    • Anti - doping tests 
    • Hospitality cost for some IFSC officers


    Hospitality expenses of IFSC Officers

    The Event Organiser is responsible to provide free accommodation for the IFSC President, ensuring a three stars hotel minimum standard.

    Anti - doping test 

    Please check the anti-doping section. The Event Organiser is responsible to request and pay the anti-doping tests. In the specific case of speed world record, the Event Organiser is responsible to request and plan the additional tests for Speed. In case the world record is held, the expenses for the test will be borne by the IFSC.


    Sanctions to an Event Organizer is proposed by the Sport Department to the IFSC Executive Board following a breach in the Event Organiser Handbook. At its discretion, the IFSC Executive Board can call the Disciplinary commission to adapt the sanction to the case.

    17. COVID-19

    With respect to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Event Organiser confirmed the commitment to run the event according to the present contract. The Addendum to IFSC Rules, available on IFSC website, is integral part of this agreement and shall be respected by the Event Organiser. Under the circumstances where spectators are not authorised to attend the event, the EO confirms its commitment to run the IFSC Youth World Championships

    18. Agreement


    International Federation of Sport Climbing, Effingerstrasse 1, 3001 Bern, Switzerland 

    (hereinafter “IFSC”); 


    ________________, a National Federation of ________________

    (hereinafter “Event Organiser”)

    (each one a “Party”, together the “Parties”) 



    A) The IFSC is the world governing body for all aspects of international competition climbing and owns all rights to the World Championships, World Cups, Youth World Championships and Continental Championships for Lead, Bouldering and Speed events (all terms as defined hereinafter in clause 1.0).

    B) The IFSC wishes to grant rights to the Event Organiser to host an official Event (“Event”) in accordance with point A) and the IFSC’s Event Organiser Handbook 2021, the IFSC Rules for Competition and all Appendices to this Agreement (“Agreement”).

    C)      The agreement signed in date 30/09/2019 shall be consider integral part of this agreement. 

    NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual agreements contained herein, the IFSC and the Event Organiser, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:

    1. Definitions

    In this Agreement, the following expressions shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meanings set forth below. Unless the context otherwise requires, words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, words importing the masculine gender include the feminine and neuter and vice versa and references to persons include incorporated and unincorporated entities.

     “NFs” means the National Federations for Sport Climbing recognized by the IFSC.

     “Event” is a competition sanctioned by the IFSC for a World Championship, Youth World Championship, World Cup or Continental event in the given calendar year. 

    “Event Organiser” is a National Federation for Sport Climbing recognized by the IFSC and to which the IFSC grants the right to organize an international event as defined in the Preamble section A) and B). The Event Organiser is responsible for the planning, implementation, execution and demobilization of an IFSC Event.

    “Event Organiser Handbook” is the framework, and specifically contains the detailed policies and procedures managed by the IFSC Sport Department, whereby the Event Organiser is requested to execute all such products and services for staging an event.

    “IFSC” means the IFSC is the IOC recognized International Federation promoting Sport Climbing through the management and regulation of international competitions, communication to stakeholders and external associations and participation in the International Sports Organizations.

     “IFSC-CLIMBING.ORG” is proprietary web site for on line live streaming and delayed streaming.

    “Sponsor” is a company that signed an agreement with the IFSC or the Event Organiser to provide financial resources and / or products and / or services to the IFSC / Event Organiser and its constituents and in return is granted marketing rights and benefits.

    2. Objectives

    The Parties agree to work together to improve the quality of the Event for the enjoyment of athletes and spectators (on site and off-site).

    Further the Parties agree to make the Event accessible to all forms of media and broadcaster/broadcasting agency willing to promote the sport.

    The IFSC authorizes by way of this Agreement the Event Organiser to stage the Event in __________________[Insert City and Country ] between the  ___  and ___ of   ____________ [Insert Dates and Month] 2021 under the name “IFSC Climbing __________[disciplines] Youth World Championships_________[Name of the hosting city] 2021”.

    This Agreement should always be read in conjunction with and reference to the Event Organiser Handbook 2021 (“EOH”) and the IFSC Rules for Competition (2021).

    The 2021 EOH provides guidelines, timelines and implementation procedures and the IFSC Rules for Competition (2021) provide the definition, explanation and implementation of the Regulations for Competition.

    In case of inconsistencies, the Agreement shall take precedence over the EOH.

    3. Responsibilities

    The Parties enter into this Agreement as independent contractors acting for their own accounts and at their own risks with respect to all matters relating to this Agreement and to the Event. The Agreement shall not be deemed to create any agency, employment, partnership or joint venture relationship between the Parties. Each Party shall be expressly prohibited to bind or act for or on behalf of the other in any way other than in accordance with this Agreement.

    The Event Organiser takes full and unlimited organizational, logistic, technical, and financial responsibility for the planning, organization, execution and performance of the Event.

    The Event Organiser agrees that all fees listed in the Fees Section of the EOH are non-refundable even if the Event Organiser has to cancel the Event for whatever reasons, including force majeure.

    It is the responsibility of the Event Organiser and those associated with an event whether working directly with the IFSC or in association with the Event Organiser to: Seek at all times the advice and agreement of the IFSC in respect to any decision, which might conflict with the best interests of the sport.

    4. Fees

    Unless specific notice, the Event Organiser agrees to pay to the IFSC the applicable fees within 30 days of receipt of invoice for all Event Fees, listed in the 2021 EOH.

    Late payments after the thirty (30) day period shall be subject to 6% penalty until full payment is received.

    The Event Organiser is responsible to ensure fees are paid in accordance with: Fees Section

    Any additional services or special services requested by the Event Organiser for its own purposes will result in costs being borne by the Event Organiser.

    5. Liability

    The liability of the IFSC shall be limited to wilful intent or gross negligence and shall be limited to compensation of any direct damages, which the Event Organiser may suffer from the IFSC’s non-performance of this Agreement. 

    Neither Party shall be liable to the other Party for loss of profit, loss of use, loss of goodwill or for any other indirect or consequential damages.

    6. Indemnification

    The Event Organiser will indemnify and hold harmless the IFSC for all costs, damages and expenses including reasonable attorney’s fees incurred or suffered from or in connection with claims of third parties (e.g. competitors or spectators) in relation to the Event, provided that the responsibility of the Event Organiser is either stated by the competent court or arbitral tribunal or accepted by the same and except to the extent that the damage or claim results from an act of wilful intent or gross negligence of the IFSC.

    7. Performance

    The Parties agree that no failure by either Party to enforce or take advantage of any provision of this Agreement (including provisions in further documents referred to herein) shall constitute a waiver of its right to subsequently take advantage of such provision, and a single enforcement of a right under this Agreement shall not preclude any subsequent enforcement of such right.

    The Parties agree that any notice to either Party under this Agreement shall be given in writing and sent to the other Party by mail, facsimile or electronic transmission.

    The Parties agree that if any provision of this Agreement is found to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable, the remainder shall be enforced as fully as possible and the unenforceable provision shall be deemed modified to the extent required to permit its enforcement in a manner most closely representing the intention of the Parties as expressed in this Agreement.

    8. Precedent

    The Parties agree that in case of translation of this Agreement into other languages, the English version shall prevail.

    9. Period

    The Agreement shall take effect as of the execution date and shall remain effective until 31 December 2021.

    All provisions and / or references are valid for the calendar year 2021.

    10. Termination

    This Agreement may be terminated in writing by either Party: (i) if the other Party commits any breach of any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement which breach is not remedied within seven (7) days from the date of receipt of the written notice (email at least) stating such breach, (ii) in the event of the other Party’s liquidation, bankruptcy or state of insolvency.

    11. Event rights

    11.1. Media, broadcasting, webcasting and other communications rights

    The IFSC is the sole owner of broadcasting (TV and digital) rights relating to all IFSC Events. 

    11.2. Commercial rights

    The IFSC is the owner of all the commercial and non commercial rights pertaining to the Event, a series of Events ( World Championships, World Cups…), or any component or outcome of the Event for use at any time before and after the Event.

    The IFSC delegates part of the commercial and marketing rights and the sale of commercial advertising space in the Event to the Event Organiser as described in the EOH section Sponsorship.

    12. References 

    All Appendices to this Agreement are incorporated by reference. 

    13. Proper law and Arbitration

    This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of Switzerland. 

    Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or in relation to this Agreement, including the validity, invalidity, breach or termination thereof, shall be settled by three arbitrators in accordance with the Code of sports-related arbitration of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) having its seat in Lausanne, Switzerland, in force on the date when the notice of arbitration is submitted in accordance with those Rules. The arbitral proceedings shall be conducted in the English language. 

    IN WITNESS THEREOF, the Parties hereto have caused this Agreement to be executed by their duly authorized representatives in three (3) copies on the date first written above.

    Signed :  

    International Federation of Sport Climbing

    Mr Marco Scolaris, President




    International Federation of Sport Climbing

    Mrs Debra Gawrych, Secretary-General




    Event Organiser      




    Event Organiser      




    The following document present in different section of the EOH shall be considered as Appendix: 

    Name Type 
    IFSC Statutes  Link to IFSC website
    IFSC rules Link to IFSC website
    Accreditation system  PDF file 
    Anti doping rules Link to IFSC website
    Awarding ceremony protocol PDF file 
    Awarding ceremony paraclimbing Excel file 
    Back of House description Excel file 
    Event Media Policy  PDF file 
    Fees PDF file 
    Front of House description Excel file 
    Event Branding  PDF file 
    Field of Play description  Excel file 
    Global timeline Excel file 
    Human Resources PDF file 
    Infosheet Link to IFSC website
    RS_checklist PDF file 
    Climbing_wall_requirements  PDF file 
    TV right policy  PDF file 
    IFSC Production team requirements PDF file 
    Any other reference to IFSC website  Links to IFSC website