Together, we are stronger
General Counsel, adidas & Past President/Chairman of the Board, WFSGI & Member of the Board, WFSGI
The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is the world authoritative body for the sports industry officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the industry representative within the Olympic Family.
The WFSGI is an independent association with no objective of economic character for its own gain and formed by sports and sports-inspired leisure brands, manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, national/regional federations, industry and trade associations and all sporting goods industry related businesses.
The WFSGI is composed of Executive and Board members, 8 core Committees and additional working groups which exchange information on various issues and topics. WFSGI Members meet at least once per year in an Ordinary General Assembly called the “Annual Meeting”. The General Assembly approves the budget and strategic direction of the WFSGI as proposed by the Board, and elects the Board, President and Committee members for three year terms.
- Guidance and Leadership
Members have access to an unparalleled network of major brands, retailers and manufacturers, including direct contact with executives and experts. The exchange of knowledge and expertise that takes place in member events and meetings is an invaluable support for expanding your business.
- Professional Network
WFSGI Membership builds your professional network across sectors and borders. You will have first access to emerging knowledge and industry changes, and you can gain recognition for your expertise and thought leadership in a particular industry sector or technical specialization.
- WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme
The WFSGI Pledge for the FIFA Quality Programme is free of charge for WFSGI members and embraces the global production of FIFA licensed products – footballs (FIFA Quality, FIFA Quality Pro and IMS), artificial turf and goal-line technology systems. As part of the FIFA Quality Programme the Pledge shall ascertain that these products are manufactured in compliance with globally recognized labour principles and without the involvement of child labour.
- Global Sports Jobs (Job Market)
WFSGI’s jobs board allows you to search for vacancies across the global sports industry in cooperation with Global Sports Jobs. The latest jobs are listed on our website, alternatively you can browse jobs by specialist area or location. All members will be given two free job credits per annum. For further special conditions for WFSGI members please contact us.
For our members we offer free webinars with experts and industry leaders on specific topics that are of interest for the industry (and on demand).
- Access to Information
Active members get first access to emerging knowledge, reports and recommendations that will shape the industry, before its general public release. Other information services include the WFSGI News Alert and industry updates by the Member Only News ; the annual WFSGI Magazine, our communication flagship, and a high-profile source of a expert insights.
- Technical Support
Members receive free initial advice and discount legal fees at WFSGI Trade Helpdesk & WFSGI Legal Helpdesk; the CR Helpdesk is free.
- Tradeshow Support
WFSGI members benefit from special exhibitor terms for tradeshows such as ISPO Munich, ISPO Beijing and ISPO Shanghai.
The WFSGI represents its members vis-à-vis the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Sports Federations (IFs) on any subject of concern for the sporting goods industry including equipment and advertisement regulations. WFSGI is present during Olympic Games to support the members with technical accreditations, tickets for hospitality programmes, and in case of dispute and mediation with the organizing committee, NOCs and/or other stakeholders.
The WFSGI Magazine is the only high-profile publication in the industry and our communication flagship. High-level authors and experts give insight into industry topics, tendencies and facts. WFSGI’s annual publication gathers articles on important topics for the industry such as the promotion of physical activity & health, corporate responsibility, international trade and manufacturing challenges, bicycle issues.
The Board controls and supervises the management of the WFSGI and may operate by complying with a specific written code of conduct as agreed upon by a simple majority of all board members. In addition to the functions mentioned herein, the Board prepares – among others - proposals relative to By-laws, controls and supervises the use of membership fees and other revenues generated by the WFSGI in the best interest of the WFSGI’s members. It also administers and supervises WFSGI’s programs and prepares the annual budget, including proposals for membership fee changes. It also prepares and approves the strategic direction of the WFSGI.
Senior Vice President Government & Public Affairs / WFSGI's Chairman of the Board, Nike, Inc.
President & CEO, SFIA & Vice-President Americas, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI
Chairman, Pentland Brands & Vice-President Europe/Africa, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI
President & Representative Director, asics & Vice-President Asia/Oceania, WFSGI & Member of the Executive Board, WFSGI
Sporting Goods Business Unit Director, Alpargatas
VP and General Counsel, Columbia Sportswear Company
CEO, International Brand Partners LLC
CEO and Chairman, Under Armour
Vice President & Secretary General, CSGF
Joint Managing Director and CEO, Freewill representing SGEPC
Chairman / Honorary President, TBS Company representing TSMA
Khawaja Masood Akhtar
CFO, WFSGI Treasurer, Intersport International Corp.
Jeroen Snijders Blok
COO, Accell Group
COO, Tecnica Group
General Counsel, adidas & Past President, WFSGI
Executive Director, Apache Footwear
Chairman and CEO, Messe Munich GmbH
President Emeritus, New Balance
, MP Consulting
Executive Board Member, Sport 2000 International
President Executive Director, Anta Sports Products Limited
Robbert de Kock
WFSGI President / CEO, WFSGI
Legal Counsel, WFSGI