About World Skate

World Skate is the governing body for all Sports performed on skating wheels.


At World Skate, our mission is to champion the global growth, development, and inclusivity of all roller sports. We are dedicated to fostering a vibrant and united community that transcends borders, empowers individuals, and celebrates the unique culture of each discipline. Through innovation, collaboration, and sustainable practices, we aim to provide athletes, enthusiasts, and fans with unparalleled experiences while promoting the values of respect, diversity, and environmental stewardship. Our commitment is to elevate the status of our sports as powerful vehicles for personal expression, physical well-being, and social connection, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.



World Skate envisions a world where roller sports are universally embraced and respected as dynamic expressions of creativity, athleticism, and community. We strive for a future where our global platform serves as a catalyst for positive change, fostering opportunities for athletes of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Through strategic partnerships, cutting-edge events, and grassroots initiatives, we aim to elevate the visibility and accessibility of our sports, inspiring a new generation of participants and fans. Our vision is of a sustainable, inclusive, and thriving ecosystem where World Skate leads the charge in shaping the future of skate culture and roller sports, pushing boundaries, breaking down barriers, and leaving an indelible mark on the world stage.


Strategic Plan

World Skate devotes utmost attention to the strategic activities needed to ensure the attractiveness of our events, the legacy, accountability, diversity, education, increase of brand awareness, integrity and transparency.

These strategic activities can be deployed by means of a series of actions that include:

1) Enhance human rights by actively promoting inclusivity, diversity, and equal opportunities within its events, fostering a skating community that values and respects the rights of all individuals.Release an event program that showcases the best features of the 12 sports governed by World Skate.

2) Ensure that World Skate events bring value to all stakeholders, including athletes, NFs, Event Organizers, spectators, online audience, media, and TV.

3) Development of a calendar of events allowing to maximize athletes’ participation and audience Access.

4) Construction of high-standard facilities supported by means of a certification issued by World Skate Facilities Department.

5) Enable knowledge transfer by providing resources to NFs and organizers to learn from previous events and develop their ability and skills to host events.

6) Consulting services to advise NFs and event organizers on the development of new and existing venues.

7)  Definition of events considered as financially, operationally and environmentally sustainable.

8) Deliver high standard programs to educate judges, coaches, and officials all levels.

9) Organization of training camps for athletes.

10) Promote a culture of transparency and strong ethical principles to preserve the core values of World Skate sports.

11) Ensure the enforcement of World Skate Code of Ethics across the IF.

12) Effectively address potential risks for athletes by implementing safeguarding policies.

13) Ensure regular meetings, either in person or virtually, to share World Skate’s core initiatives and objectives.

14) Ensure the recognition of World Skate as the governing body of skate sports worldwide.

15) Strengthen the image and values of World Skate and get global recognition as an environmentally sustainable International Federation.



  • Tokyo 2020 ✅
  • Paris 2024 ✅
  • Structuring World Skate sports across the 5 continents
  • Increasing solidarity projects in Africa and underdeveloped countries by 2026
  • Becoming completely paperless by 2026
  • Inclusion of additional sports in the Olympic program (scootering and roller marathon)
  • Paralympic Sports 2028
  • Los Angeles Olympics 2028 


Our History


World Skate: A Long Path

The long path to the historical Congress that led to the current World Skate started a long time ago: in fact, it dates back to the 21st of April 1924 when the Fédération Internationale de Patinage a Roulettes (FIPR) was formed as an international sport organization to conduct rink hockey competitions between the few national federations which were already managing it on an informal basis. Two Swiss sportsmen, Fred Renkewitz and Otto Myer, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Cancellor, organized the meeting where four European countries were represented: Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany and France. The first President of the FIPR was Fred Renkewitz, who served from 1924 until 1960.


International Growth

The first World Championship organized by FIPR was for Rink Hockey (Ball and Cane) in 1936, hosted by Stuttgart, Germany, the following year saw the first Roller Speed Skating World Championship in Monza, Italy. London, England, UK hosted the 1938 Track Roller Speed Skating WC whilst the Road competitions took place in Ferrara, Italy. In 1939, the second Rink Hockey WC was held in Montreaux, Switzerland. World War II forced the stop of all competition until 1947 when international sport activity resumed with Rink Hockey in Lisbon, Portugal and the first Artistic Roller Skating World Championship in Washington, D.C., USA. From then on, the three disciplines conducted annual World Championships, expanding to include every continent in the world. In the summer of 1995, a fourth discipline was recognized and the first Inline Hockey World Championship was held in Chicago, USA. In September 2017, Nanjing, China hosted the first edition of the World Roller Games. This event included the World Championships of all the sports under World Skate's aegis in one city during a 15-day skating festival: 10 sports, 61 national federations, 193 national teams, and over 3.000 athletes. The expectations were even higher for the second edition in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2019 and have been fully confirmed: 11 sports, 76 national federations and over 4.000 athletes. Next stop will be in Argentina.


The Federation Across the Decades

In the 1960s the Federation changed its name to Federation Internationale de Roller Skating (FIRS) and was officially recognized by the IOC as the international governing body for all roller skating sports. In the 1970s, FIRS was recognized as a member of the General Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF). The annual Congress held in Zell Am See, Austria, in 2000, authorized a second title change for the International Federation, substituting “Roller Skating” with “Roller Sports” while retaining the FIRS acronym. Following the Extraordinary Congress resolution on September 2017 in Nanjing (China), the FIRS has changed its denomination to World Skate, the first step towards a managerial set up attentive to the needs of its base.

World Skate’s branding is centered around the wheel in motion to graphically convey our mission. The moving wheel is the heart of all our disciplines and unlocks the fun and freedom that all the skating sports provide millions of participants. The colour green references the eco-friendly nature of the alternative transportation options offered by our sports while the grey highlights the urban nature of what we do on the concrete playgrounds in every city around the world.

World Skate works to unify the unique characteristics of its sports and to promote their global development.


The Olympic Dream

It has always been the dream behind the motivation, the aim to be achieved, the prize we needed to get. We had to wait until the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona where Rink Hockey was a demonstrative sport to finally watch our athletes compete on an Olympic stage for the first time. It took other 22 years to be again close to the dream with the 2014 Youth Olympic Games where both Inline Speed Skating and Skateboarding ruled the SportsLab and finally conquered a spot, respectively, for the YOG2018 in Buenos Aires and for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Skateboarding has been confirmed also in the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.