International Crossbow Sport Since 1956



To the official website of the International Crossbow-shooting Union IAU, the world governing body for Match and Field crossbow shooting. IAU Crossbow shooting is a fascinating and technically challenging multi-disciplined target sport. It’s also a sport with a rich history and traditions which has roots in many different cultures around the world. The IAU is lead by the members of the Executive Committee who are responsible for the overall management of our organization. We work together as a team, committed to moving the IAU forward in the true spirit of international sport. Our Executive Committee members come from different backgrounds in a diverse range of professional and sporting disciplines. The IAU’s Executive team is an international group with members locktet in Europe and Asia. We use the power of the internet to communicate with each other, our member organizations and active crossbow sports enthusiasts all around the world.

On this website you will find information about the IAU’s crossbow shooting disciplines, our international championships programme and details of how our organization works. If you are new to this sport you are very welcome to ask us questions – and to become an active member of the IAU Crossbow-sporting community. I hope that you find our website both interesting and informative.


The International Crossbow-shooting Union (German name ‘International Armbrustschützen Union’ IAU) was founded in 1956. Based in Switzerland, the IAU organizes bi-annual World, Continental and International championships in three target crossbow disciplines (Match and Field).

IAU Championships have now visited fifteen countries across four continents.  IAU Championships regularly attract Elite competitors from the Olympic shooting disciplines (Air rifle and 50m small-bore).  As a non-Olympic sport, the goal of the IAU is for crossbow shooting to become an official event at the World Games.  For this to come about the IAU must first become a member of SportAccord – formerly known as the General Association of International Sports Federations GAISF.  In the medium term, the purpose of the IAU’s programme of Development Missions is to build-up their membership level to the required number of member countries (40 on 3 continents) in order to be accepted as a member of the GAISF


The World Games take place every 4 years following an Olympic Games.  Held under the auspices of the International World Games Association (IWGA) the World Games are currently made up of 32 non-Olympic sports and disciplines – including field archery.