International Pickleball

Global Pickleball Federation

The Global Pickleball Federation (GPF) is non-profit corporation established in 2023 and operates in accordance with GPF bylaws. The GPF has the responsibility, authority and accountability as the international federation for pickleball, GPF promotes, leads and supports the growth and development of pickleball as a sport for all, for life.  Priorities include gaining recognition by the International Olympic Committee as the unifying global governing body for the sport of pickleball and securing inclusion of pickleball in the Olympics, Paralympics and other major, multi-sport international competitions.

The GPF will ensure its members have access to best practices and other practical resources that enable growth and development within their regions and communities.  For member countries, the GPF will arrange access to equipment, official rules, educational and instructional programs, an active ambassador network, international tournaments, equipment standards and other valuable tools.

For more information please visit the GPF’s website here.

Pickleball Federation of the Americas

The Pickleball Federation of the Americas (PFA) was established to serve as the first continental pickleball federation in the Americas for the purpose of promoting the development and growth of pickleball throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America.

The PFA is established as a non-profit corporation that serves and exists to:

  • Encourage the development of the sport of pickleball in the Americas ⎯ including providing access to advice/information/best practices in the areas of program development, administration, governance and communications.
  • Coordinate efforts to position pickleball as a welcoming and accessible sport that fosters social connections and a sense of community.
  • Organize continental championships, member national federations’ championships, and other major events.
  • Support equity, diversity and inclusion within pickleball throughout the Americas.
  • Help ensure that the culture of pickleball evolves as a safe sport, and a sport in which players, coaches, officials and volunteers experience a welcoming and respectful environment for all with a commitment to fair play and equal treatment.
  • Encourage and support measures in competitions and with athletes that safeguard the integrity of pickleball and para pickleball and protect clean athletes through anti-doping efforts and the prevention of the manipulation of competitions.
  • Encourage and support measures related to the medical care and health of the athletes who participate in PFA competitions.
  • Serve as the official continental federation for pickleball in the Americas.

Member countries of the Pickleball Federation of the Americas will have direct access to a variety of resources, such as:

  • Official Playing Rules
  • Coaching and Officiating Materials
  • Guidelines for Federation Websites, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation and Tournament Operations

Visit the PFA website here.