About ISU

The International Skating Union (ISU) is the main and only international governing body for ice skating sports, which include:

  • figure skating
  • synchronized skating
  • speed skating
  • short track speed skating

It was founded in the Netherlands in 1892. Currently, ISU is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a legal entity, it falls under the jurisdiction of Switzerland. Members of the ISU are national federaions and associations. By 2020, ISU counts 98 members.


ISU is responsible for:

  • standardizing competition rules
  • organizing international competitions
  • promoting ice skating sports

It is NOT responsible for:

  • solving nations’ sport governance problems
  • developing the ice sports infrastructure in your country
  • resolving disputes and conflicts in its members’ federations