Update - April 2023: The National Governing Bodies for the sport of pickleball in the United States, Canada and Mexico announced the creation and launch of the Pickleball Federation of the Americas (PFA).
The PFA is established to serve as the first continental pickleball federation in the Americas for the purpose of promoting the development and growth of pickleball throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.
Other recognized National Federations for pickleball in the Americas are encouraged to join the PFA as members of an organization and network that focuses on assistance and support for the international development of pickleball.
While representatives from USA Pickleball, Pickleball Canada and La Liga Profesional de Pickleball Mexico have led the establishment of the PFA and will comprise the initial leadership group, a nine-member Board of Directors will be formed this summer, comprised of leaders from other member countries.
You can find more information about the PFA on its website here.
Update - July 2022: We are very pleased to inform you that the Unify Pickleball Task Force (UPTF) and the World Pickleball Federation (WPF) have completed a signed letter of intent (LOI) with the goal of working towards an agreement. With the LOI now signed, the following steps are now in process:
- An Engagement Team has been established, composed of 3 WPF delegates and 3 UPTF delegates chaired by an independent facilitator.
- The purpose of this Engagement Team is to guide and facilitate the transition to a unified international federation for pickleball that complies with the Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympics, Paralympics and the general world Sports Movement.
- The Engagement Team will discuss and formulate proposals including critical aspects of the transition such as Name, Branding, Country Membership Criteria, Invitation to Non-member Countries to join, basis of voting at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), etc.
INVITATION TO FOLLOW OUR ACTION
The purpose of the UPTF is to guide and facilitate the establishment of an international governing body for pickleball that complies with the Basic Universal Principles of Good Governance of the Olympics, Paralympics and the general world Sports Movement.
While much work remains, we are delighted with the progress made thus far as a result of our communications with WPF.
- The WPF has positively responded to our initial request and already agreed with several proposed bylaw changes.
- The Engagement Team process has been agreed as the vehicle to facilitate the transition.
We are confident that the outcome from the Engagement Team process will be an entity ready to become the international federation for pickleball and fully compliant with international sporting norms.
Other national pickleball federations may engage with either ourselves (UPTF) or the WPF directly in order to obtain all the necessary information to enable you to plan your course of action regarding joining the new entity.
The Unify Pickleball Task Force
Countries with questions can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information regarding each of the following countries, click the logos below:
Update - March 2022: As of March 30, 2022, the following 9 former IFP countries, including 7 of the 8 full member countries, have formally notified the IFP in writing that they have officially withdrawn their participation from the federation:
*Also current members of World Pickleball Federation
The former IFP countries and directors are committed to building a collective international organization worthy of the respect of its member countries. An organization that is driven by integrity, democratic principles, transparency and inclusion.
A Task Force has now been established, composed of the presidents (or their designees) from the nine former IFP member countries. This group is now actively exploring and evaluating the options available going forward, which include joining the WPF, introducing a new international federation and merging the WPF into it, or introducing an independent, new international federation.
In addition, the following former IFP directors have notified the IFP that they have resigned their positions, effective March 30, 2022:
Board Member (Secretary)
Board Member (At-Large)
Director of Grants
Director of Tournament Operations
Director of Livestream Productions
Director of Sponsorships
Director of Education and Youth Development
Director of Ambassadors
Director of Social Media
Director of Country Memberships
The joy created by our sport, its inclusiveness, health and social benefits, and the ability to unite all backgrounds around the world remains our goal, as we embark on the next chapter. We remain grateful for your understanding and support.