When the IFSPT was founded in the early 2000s, Individual Memberships were established to facilitate the inclusion of those individuals who are members of World Physiotherapy (WP) through their national organizations, but whose country does not have an established sports physiotherapy organization. It was also open to those who were unable to participate in IFSPT through their national sports organization for various reasons.

Over time, the individual memberships were withdrawn largely due to the complexity of monitoring their status.

In 2021 the sitting Executive Board reinstated the individual membership, renaming it an Associate Membership, to widen its inclusivity and to help facilitate the participation in the IFSPT of countries whose membership status has subsequently changed.

In 2022 the IFSPT General Meeting  approved the new articles including an Associate membership category instead of the previous Individual one.

The annual cost for the Associate Membership is set at 50€ per person.


Rules regarding Associate memberships:

  • Associate membership may be granted by the EB to individual physiotherapists with an interest in sports physical therapy that hold a recognised physiotherapist qualification consistent with the World Physiotherapy description of physiotherapy who either:
  • Reside in a country/territory that is a World Physiotherapy member organisation, but not a member of IFSPT.
  • Applicant must be a practicing clinician in their country
  • The Associate member has no voting rights in the IFSPT General Meetings
  • Membership dues are non-refundable

If you have additional questions about the Associate membership, please contact Membership Committee Chair Victor Olivares Ibarra.

The Executive Board hopes that this return to acceptance of Associate members will lead to the addition of new Member Organizations as well as serve those interested in being involved in further developing international sports physical therapy!



  • Please scan your proof of membership in your country's physical therapy organization. This organization must be a member of World Physiotherapy. To check membership, please refer to your organization's office or WP's website.
  • Proof of WP membership is required.
  • Send your completed application along with your proof of national membership and proof of WP membership to Victor Olivares Ibarra.
  • The Membership Committee will contact you via email when your application has been approved.
  • Once approved, pay your 50€ fee below
  • Please allow 30 days for processing