Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports

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Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports
FormationApril 1924
ExtinctionSeptember 2017
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Region served
Sabatino Aracu
First Vice-President
Ricardo Grin
Affiliations International Olympic Committee
Website http://www.rollersports.org

The Fédération Internationale de Roller Sports (FIRS; English: International Federation of Roller Sports) was the world governing body for roller sports, including skateboarding, rink hockey, inline hockey, speed skating, inline alpine, downhill, roller derby, roller freestyle, inline freestyle and artistic roller skating. It was established in April 1924 in Montreux, Switzerland by two Swiss sportsmen, Fred Renkewitz and Otto Myer, who had close connections to the International Olympic Committee. [1] [2] [3]


The FIRS gathered more than 100 national federations, including countries from every continent and they are affiliated with the International Skating Union. Park terrain skateboarding will become an Olympic sport in 2020. [4]

A proposal to dissolve the federation and merge with the International Skateboarding Federation to form a new body known as World Skate was ratified in September 2017. [5]


The FIRS aimed to foster the Roller Sports movement and participation on a global scale. Its areas of responsibility were as follows:

  1. Administration and Regulations
  2. Organizing international competitions
  3. Developing the movement worldwide
  4. Promoting

The authority of FIRS was recognized by the following organizations:

FIRS recognized the following continental confederations:

Each continental confederation comprises or recognizes, in turn, various national governing bodies and associations.

Skating is considered to be one of the most complete physical exercises that exist and enjoys huge popularity on a world level. According to the latest estimations, there are more than 40 million habitual users of recreational skates throughout the world.

FIRS Roller Hockey Competitions

Club Competitions
National Teams Competitions

Disciplines and World Championships

NumberNameWorld ChampionshipsEditionFirst and Last Edition (Year)
1 Inline Speed Skating (Speed) Roller Speed Skating World Championships 651937 / 2016
2 Inline Freestyle Skating (Slalom) Inline Freestyle World Championships 102007 / 2016
3 Artistic Roller Skating (Artistic) Artistic Skating World Championships 152002 / 2016
4 Roller Freestyle Skating (Aggressive) Roller Freestyle Skating World Championships 0-
5 Inline Downhill Skating (Downhill) Inline Downhill World Championships 162000 / 2015
6 Inline Alpine Skating (Alpine) Inline Alpine World Championships 42008 / 2016
7 Skateboarding FIRS Skateboarding World Championships 0-
8 Inline Hockey FIRS Inline Hockey World Championships 221995 / 2016
9 Roller hockey FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup 421936 / 2017
10 Roller Derby FIRS Roller Derby World Championships 0-

See also


  1. "Hystory of the Organization of FIRS". FIRS. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  2. www.immagica.it, Immagica Comunicazione S.r.l. -. "ARISF Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federation".
  3. "FÉDÉRATION INTERNATIONALE DE ROLLER SPORTS - Sport Olympique". 27 January 2017.
  4. Hernandez, Magda Liszewska (9 August 2016). "Olympic Announcement Precedes First Park Terrain Skateboarding World Championships".
  5. http://hoqueipt.com/artigo.aspx?id=1810