About the IFP

About the IFP


The International Federation of Pickleball (IFP), the world governing body of pickleball, was established to perpetuate the development and growth of the sport throughout the world. The IFP’s goal is to introduce pickleball to all nations so that they may embrace the sport as one of their national sports, and ultimately to achieve official recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in order to establish pickleball as an Olympic sport.

The IFP is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to promoting international play and competition, maintaining the official rules for pickleball, and providing a worldwide code of conduct for pickleball athletes. The IFP focuses its resources on supporting organizations that foster the sport around the world for all ages and ability levels.

The IFP offers all national and regional pickleball associations and federations who desire to join in membership for the advancement of pickleball an opportunity to participate and contribute to that growth. These purposes are fulfilled through the aims and objectives of the IFP.


  • Promoting, developing and popularizing the sport of pickleball throughout the world.
  • Governing and administering the sport of pickleball in all countries and continents in a nondiscriminatory way.
  • Maintaining and publishing the decisive text on the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations, introducing such changes as are desirable, doing all that is necessary to uphold them and to achieve uniform interpretation.
  • Promoting the highest degree of sportsmanship and integrity among the players.
  • Organizing, conducting and presenting international tournaments and events at the highest level.
  • Supporting the development of players, coaches, officials and event organizers.
  • Encouraging and developing the sport with differently-abled people.
  • Encouraging the formation of new Members and fostering collaboration for the good of the sport worldwide.
  • Creating mutually beneficial partnerships to develop and promote the sport.
  • Employing the funds of the Federation to achieve development and growth of the sport consistent with these purposes and objectives.
  • Maintaining the highest standards of transparency and accountability in managing the financial resources of the IFP.
History of Pickleball and the IFP

History of Pickleball and the IFP

The sport of pickleball was invented in the summer of 1965 by Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell and Barney McCallum of Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. In 2005, the United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) became a non-profit corporation with a mission to perpetuate the growth and advancement of pickleball on a national level. The first official rulebook of the USAPA was adopted by the USAPA shortly after its incorporation.

Since 1965, the sport has grown significantly each year in popularity. In the U.S., organized competitions at local, state and national levels have emerged. Additionally, several countries around the world have started their own clubs and are engaged in building their national associations.

The first National Open Pickleball Competition was conducted at Surprise, Arizona in 2009. In early 2010, a committee was formed to advance the concept of an International Federation of Pickleball (IFP). The IFP is organized under this Constitution to perpetuate the international growth and development of pickleball. The IFP officially established its Constitution, Bylaws and Officers in 2015 with the following inaugural member countries: USA, Canada, Spain and India. The IFP has since expanded its membership to include the following Associations: France, the United Kingdom and Great Britain. Membership is expected to grow each year as the sport continues expanding to new countries throughout the world.

Board of Directors

2020 IFP Board of Directors

  • Pat Murphy (USA) – President (2019-2020)
  • Sunil Valavalkar (India) – Vice President (2019-2020)
  • David Jordan (USA) – Treasurer (2019-2020)
  • Tony Casey (Canada) – Secretary (2020-2021)
  • Justin Maloof (USA) – At Large (2020-2021)

Contact information can be found for each IFP Board Member under Contacts