The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international regulatory body for the disciplines of Orienteering. The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: Foot Orienteering, MTB Orienteering, Ski Orienteering and Trail Orienteering. The IOF was founded in 1961 and was recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977.


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


Promote the global growth of orienteering and develop competitive and recreational orienteering.

Main Goal

The main goal is to become a global and sustainable sport.



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.


IOF is characterized by good governance, democracy and transparency. They 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.

IOF is committed to being a doping free sport and support the enforcement of the World Anti-Doping Code.