World Squash
World Squash

Squash, an Indoor Racket Sport

세계 스쿼시 연맹 (World Squash Federation)은 스쿼시 종목을 총괄하는 국제 기구로, 잉글랜드 헤이스팅스에 위치하고 있으며, 2009년을 기준으로 147개 회원 연맹을 두고 있습니다.

1864년 잉글랜드에 최초의 스쿼시 코트가 생긴 이래 스쿼시는 전 세계로 보급되어 지속적으로 성장하여 왔습니다. 이러한 성장을 배경으로 스쿼시의 원활한 보급과 운영을 위해 1967년 국제 스쿼시 연맹 (International Squash Rackets Federation) 이 창설되었습니다. 이후 1992년에 조직 명칭을 세계 스쿼시 연맹으로 변경하면서 오늘날에 이르게 되었습니다. 오늘날에는 전세계 185개 이상 국가에 약 5만여 개의 스쿼시 코트가 존재하고 있습니다.

세계 스쿼시 연맹은 국제 올림픽 위원회에 의해 스쿼시 국제 연맹으로 공인 받았습니다. 세계 스쿼시 연맹은 스포츠어코드와 IOC 공인 국제 스포츠 연맹 협회 (ARISF) 의 회원연맹이기도 합니다.

The World Squash Federation (WSF) is the international federation for squash, an indoor racket sport which was formerly called "Squash rackets."

It is based in Hastings in England. As of 2009, it has 147 member federations. It is bidding for squash to be added to the Olympic program for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The first squash court was built in England in 1864; there are now around 50,000 courts in more than 185 nations worldwide. To harness this growth and to promote and co-ordinate the sport, the International Squash Rackets Federation (ISRF) was formed in 1967, its name being changed in 1992 to the World Squash Federation (WSF).

The WSF is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the International Federation (IF) for squash. The WSF is a member of the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the Association of the IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).

The WSF works closely with the two Player Associations - the (Men's) Professional Squash Association (PSA) and the Women's Squash Association (WSA) - to control and co-ordinate the world calendar for squash. Championships are held in all major squash playing nations and are integrated with the World Championships and Major Games calendars to ensure that there are no clashes of dates.

The Championships Committee is responsible for running and promoting World Championships for men, women, juniors and masters at individual and team levels in both singles and doubles. World Championships are run by WSF Members, who tender for the events at least four years in advance. Team Championships are held every two years, and Open/Individual Championships have held annually. The Committee is also responsible for ensuring that squash is represented in all major regional multi-sport games - squash is now included in the Pan-American Games, Asia Games, Commonwealth Games, World Games and All Africa Games.