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As your global federation, we appreciate that COVID-19 has created a very challenging set of circumstances for the sporting goods industry. At WFSGI, we are committed to providing our members with a regular source of information on COVID-19, researching and providing information on the impact of COVID-19 on our global industry and keeping you up to date on its impact on the sporting environment. This HUB serves as a support and resource centre for our members.

  • If there is specific information you would like us to share with you that we have not included in the COVID-19 HUB or in our newsletters, please contact the Communication Department: communication@wfsgi.org.
  • Members can also contact us with any enquiries they may have through the confidential COVID-19 Helpline: covid19support@wfsgi.org.
WFSGI Actions


WFSGI has begun collating guidelines to re-start sport and physical activity from around the world. 

Download the Guidelines here 
Download the Guidelines here 

Please use and share these resources within your network. In the ongoing uncertain environment, the sharing of knowledge and best practice has even greater value and will help the global population to find the pathway back to sport and active lifestyles.

Please contact Emma Mason emason@wfsgi.org if you have any comments.

NB: This WFSGI Matrix of Guidelines to re-start Sports and Events is solely for WFSGI Member use.  While we will endeavor to keep the information in the Matrix accurate, the Matrix is largely a collation of third party publications and web links and we cannot and do not guarantee the accuracy of the information or validity of the links.  WFSGI accepts no responsibility and shall have no liability for any loss or damage which may arise from using or relying on the information.  If you have any additional Guidelines or web links that you would like to share with WFSGI, please send them to Loredana Morgillo lmorgillo@wfsgi.org.



WFSGI has prepared a matrix of the impact of COVID-19 on the international and professional sporting calendar of cancellation or postponement.

Download the Matrix here (16 September 2020)

The matrix sets out the international sporting events that have been postponed, cancelled or suspended in each sport and provides an overview of when those events are predicted to take place.

The latest Matrix is also available on the Public Download Center of our website. Just follow the path 'Tokyo 2020'.





Sporting Goods Industry shares resources to help Global Community be safely active during COVID-19 & support WHO’s #HealthyAtHome campaign.

WHO #HealthyAtHome Campaign
Read more details on WHO #HealthyAtHome campaign

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a new celebrity challenge around being #HealthyAtHome (in COVID confinement). The campaign encompasses tips on physical activity, parenting, and mental health. The WHO Director General has invited the Sporting Goods Industry to join in and amplify this campaignWFSGI has been asked to invite its Members, their Athletes and their wider Communities to amplify WHO’s #healthyathome communications to help protect people from COVID-19 and promote health during this time.

Support for WHO can be shown through:

  • use of their social media tiles (download tiles here),
  • promotion of the #healthyathome tagline on any of your company channel (social media, website, etc.) and
  • promotion of WHO messages and materials (videos, graphics). 




Pulse Survey Results

The WFSGI Pulse Survey confirms significant impact of COVID-19 on Global Sporting Goods Industry and forecasts sustainable products to be key post-COVID market trend.

WFSGI asks its members on a regular basis to provide some general information about their business and the corona virus. The full results of each month's pulse survey can be accessed here.

April's Pulse Survey Results
May's Pulse Survey Results
June's Pulse Survey Results 
July's Pulse Survey Results 
August's Pulse Survey Result



September's Pulse Survey Result










If you have any questions about the pulse survey, please contact Marc Magnus, Vice President Trade, Corporate Responsibility and Legal, mmagnus@wfsgi.org.


TAKE PART IN NOVEMBER'S SURVEY: In order to increase the data we can analyse and thus increase the value of the overall results, we would like to encourage all interested companies to participate in the pulse survey by clicking on this link. All results will be anonymised and no individual company data will be shared. 

WFSGI Resources


The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) is pleased to announce the release of global guidelines to re-open gyms, fitness studios and aquatic facilities in the context of COVID-19. The guidelines are comprised of a key considerations document with accompanying risk assessment and mitigation tools.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: WHO #HealthyAtHome campaign

Those resources were supplied by adidas/Reebok, Decathlon, New Balance, NIKE, and others, and are accessible through our Public Download Center. Click the links and then follow the path 'Physical Activity & COVID-19 Physical Activity Resources' -> 'COVID-19: Physical Activity Resources from WFSGI Members'.



We know a number of our Members are considering changing their manufacturing processes to produce PPE. Thank you for your efforts to support the COVID-19 response. We have included below a selection of materials to assist you. If you have any questions, please contact us on covid19support@wfsgi.org.


Export Requirements for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Technical information about the current PPE European standards for manufacturers:

Other documents:



To get to the OECD Country Policy Tracker click here!


This Country Policy Tracker will help you to navigate the global response and gives you answers to questions like:

  • What are countries doing to contain the spread of the coronavirus?
  • How are countries helping people, small businesses and the economy to weather the crisis and beyond?
  • When will different business be allowed to reopen?



5 May 2020: Sports Law and Policy Centre (SLPC) & Lawinsport.
Both centres have released a document with 'L​​​​​egal perspectives on COVID-19 and its impact on football'. The aim of this document is to offer an independent review of the developments, identify best practice and solutions to face the current crisis.

7 April 2020: FIFA Guidelines on 'COVID-19 Football Regulatory Issues'.
The guidelines should help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the football industry and to ensure as far as possible, harmony in measures taken by member associations.


On 29 May 2020, WFSGI attended the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) expert webinar, held in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), on returning to work in the context of COVID-19.
 The guidance that was issued during this webinar is available to download here.

The documents explain WHO guidance on adjusting public health and social measures in the workplace and the ILO’s considerations on international labour standards and tools, each in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. WFSGI has had requests from a number of its members for guidance on best practice for returning their employees to work and would therefore encourage you to review these downloads. 

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Mason emason@wfsgi.org. 


On 16 April 2020 WFSGI attended the WHO webinar on ‘COVID-19 - Sporting Industry and Physical Activity’:

Guidance for Sport Event organisers & the importance of Physical Activity. WHO’s Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) delivered a webinar on 16 April 2020 dedicated to the topic ‘COVID-19 - Sporting Industry and Physical Activity’ and gave specific guidance for sports federations and sports event organizers when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19.  

Missed the webinar? You can access the recording 'WHO EPI-WIN Webinar Recording Mass Gatherings Sports' by clicking here(From the download center just follow the path 'SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & COVID 19 RESOURCES' -> 'COVID-19: WHO Considerations for sports federations/sports event organizers').

WHO has published three important documents relating to the organization of sporting events through and after COVID-19:

  • WHO Considerations for sports federations/sports event organizers when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19click here to download.
  • WHO Key planning recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the context of COVID-19click here to download.
  • WHO Risk assessment tool for sport federations/sports event organizers click here to download. (From the download center just follow the path 'SPORT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY & COVID 19 RESOURCES -> COVID-19: WHO Considerations for sports federations/sports event organizers').

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Mason emason@wfsgi.org



  • 09 April 2020: Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: This Q&A provides current answers to questions related to the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. It will continue to be updated by the IOC in order to take into account the changing nature of the situation. (Source: IOC)
  • 30 March 2020: Technical Accreditations for WFSGI members at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (in 2021): WFSGI would like to inform all its members that it has had confirmation from the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee that ‘All deadlines for accreditation applications have been suspended. New deadlines for each stakeholder group will be announced after the revised dates for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games have been agreed.’ We will be in touch as soon as we are able to with further details about the application process. 



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