The International Fistball Association (IFA) has approved an updated version of its Strategic Plan for the period 2019-2023. This will be IFA´s roadmap for the upcoming two years and reflects the COVID-19 crises as recently approved IOC Agenda 2020+5. The IFA 2019-2023 Strategic Plan can be found here: https://www.ifa-fistball.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/11_IFA-Strategic-Plan-2019-2023-update_final.pdf

“The IFA board and officials will be using this strategic plan to guide our decisions over the next years,” said IFA President Joern Verleger. “We see it as a working document that will help us make explicit decisions about our activities and priorities based on strategic considerations.”

“Our updated plan for the period 2019-2023 spells out our vision and values, our core strategies, and the steps for achieving them,” added Verleger.

The approval was preceded by an extensive consultation of the draft in an IFA Policy Forum on March 30, 2021 and a resolution by the IFA Athletes Forum on April 17, 2021.

IFA has also updated partially its Mission Statement, which says now “We encourage gender equity and diversity in all aspects.”

IFA has outlined strategic goals:
• High quality IFA events;
• Governance structures according to good governance principles;
• IFA serves as service-oriented organisation for its member federations providing real stakeholder value;
• Use of international platforms and participation in international multisport events serves as showcase for Fistball;
• Increase youth appeal of Fistball.

For each of the strategies, from 10 to 25 concrete steps are outlined.

This document is the “fourth” totally reviewed strategic plan and the first major update of the current strategic plan reflecting the COVID-19 pandemic and the IOC Agenda 2020+5. The first IFA Strategic Plan was adopted for the period 2011 – 2015 and resulted in strong growth of the membership of IFA to 54 member federations. The second Strategic Plan was for the period of 2016-2019 and resulted in a significant expansion of the organization’s visibility. Starting with 61 member federations the third Strategic Plan was initially approved for the period of 2019-2023. The IFA now has 67 member associations.