The Irish Footgolf Association was established in 2014 to promote, nurture and develop the sport in Ireland. It is the Association’s goal to have over 30 affiliated Footgolf courses (on both existing and disused golf courses) by the end of 2016 and become a National Governing Body by the end of 2017.
The IFGA is now recognised as the official representative of the Federation for International Footgolf in Ireland (www.fifg.org/members). The FIFG recognises only one member per country.
Footgolf is one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland and the World. It has already become one of the all-inclusive sports of our time, played by children and adults of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
The IFGA is a not-for-profit organisation.
The aim of the Association is to:
- Provide a support structure for all existing and future Footgolf courses
- Expand the reach of the sport throughout Ireland
- Help with the development of new courses
- Source and provide Footgolf equipment, administrative, and other infrastructural supports
- Set a high standard for footgolf courses and the sport in general
- Organise and host National and International competitions
- Send Irish Footgolf teams to compete abroad
What is Footgolf?
Footgolf is a top class sports game that blends two of the world’s best and most popular sports – football and golf. It is a competitive, skilful and addictive sports game that mixes the passion and strength of football with the elegance and tradition of golf. Footgolf is played on a golf course by individuals or in groups but instead of swinging golf clubs and hitting golf balls, players kick a standard size football from tee to green. The game rules are identical to golf – each hole carries a par and the aim is to get the ball into a bigger (21”) hole on each green in as few shots as possible If you are looking for fun with a competitive edge, Footgolf has it all.
Development of Footgolf
Holland is widely credited as the founding father of Footgolf in 2006. It became an official sport as recently as 2012 and since then hundreds of courses have come into existence all over the World. The game’s emergence coincided with the decline in popularity of golf among young people. The sport has financially saved many struggling golf courses around the world and the PGA of America and World Golf Foundation have both acknowledged Footgolf’s contribution to helping golf courses generate more income and noted that it may even contribute to the growth of golf as it continues it’s struggle to appeal to younger generations. The game was internationally publicised in 2011 and countries worldwide started collaborating on the development of the game. Three countries (Argentina, Holland & Hungary) combined to form the Federation for International Footgolf in June 2012 and the first Footgolf World Cup was held in Hungary later that month. The second Footgolf World Cup is due to take place in early 2016. The USA currently boasts upwards of 325 Footgolf courses, the UK has just opened their 85th course while Ireland’s course count has quickly grown to 15 since the first of it’s kind ‘Footee’ opened in Dublin back in May 2013.