Greetings from the President IAU
Welcome to the official website of the IAU, International Crossbow Shooting Union, the world governing body for Field and Match crossbow shooting.
The IAU (German name ‘Internationale Armbrustschützen Union’) was founded in 1956. Based in Switzerland, the IAU organizes biannual World, Continental and International championships. IAU has two divisions - Field and Match disciplines. Both disciplines are very attractive. Field discipline is similar to FITA and Match is similar to the ISSF rifle programme. Some countries are members of both divisions and some are just Field or Match Division.
IAU Crossbow shooting is a fascinating and technically challenging multi-disciplined target sport. It is also a sport rich in history and traditions, which has roots in many different cultures around the world. In its rich 60-year history, 19 world and 12 European championships as well as a huge number of international competitions were organized.
Today, as a non-Olympic sport, the goal of the IAU is to make crossbow shooting become an official event at the World Games and the European Games. Following this idea, our most important goal is to become a member of SportAccord. IAU currently has 29 member countries in Europe and Asia.
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 Sport community. We hope that you will find our website both interesting and informative.
Pero Stojnić, the IAU President