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About ISSP

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP)

Background on the ISSP

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) is a multidisciplinary society devoted to promoting research, practice, and development in sport psychology throughout the world. The Society endeavors to foster peace and understanding among people from all countries. Members of the Society include researchers, psychologists, educators, coaches, administrators, students, and athletes interested in sports psychology.

ISSP exists to:

  • encourage and promote the study of human behavior within the sport, physical activity, and health settings;
  • facilitate the sharing of knowledge through a newsletter, meetings, and a quadrennial congress;
  • improve the quality of research and professional practice in sports psychology.


Background of the ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology

  • ISSP is the only worldwide organization explicitly concerned with sport psychology. It was formed in 1965 under the direction of Dr. Ferruccio Antonelli of Italy and has since had General Assembly meetings every four years during the World Congress of Sport Psychology.
  • The forums have been held on 15 occasions. The year and location of each forum is listed in the following table.


Episode Year Location
I 1965 Rome, Italy
II 1968 Washington, USA
III 1973 Madrid, Spain
IV 1977 Prague, Czechoslovakia
V 1981 Ottawa, Canada
VI 1985 Copenhagen, Denmark
VII 1989 Singapore
VIII 1993 Lisbon, Portugal
IX 1997 Telaviv, Israel
X 2001 Skiathos, Greece
XI 2005 Sydney, Australia
XII 2009 Marrakesh, Morocco
XIII 2013 Beijing, China
XIV 2017 Sevilla, Spain
XV 2021 Chinese Taipei and Virtual
XVI 2025 Hong Kong, China