About ISSA

Organisational Network

International Level

The sociology of sport is internationally represented by the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA, formerly ICSS, founded in 1965), which also publishes the International Review for the Sociology of Sport. This body is a research committee of the International Sociological Association (ISA) where it is officially recognised as RC27 (Sociology of Sport) and also an official committee of ICSSPE (the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education).

At present there are over 200 members from different parts of the globe. ISSA holds annual conferences, including RC27 (Sociology of Sport) meetings in conjunction with the ISA World Congress of Sociology.

As the international ‘umbrella’ organisation, ISSA consults with national and regional groups. Some national groups are federated with the national sociological association of that country, or with a sport science/physical education organisation. Either through ISA or ICSSPE such groups have a direct link to ISSA. There are also regional groups in areas such as Asia and North America – NASSS, the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, which publishes the Sociology of Sport Journal, is the most-well known regional group. European researchers are also linked to the European Association for Sociology of Sport (EASS) and the European College of Sport Science (ECSS).