Commission Roles & Structure


ANTI-DOPING (Managed by the ITA on behalf of WSF)

  • Define and implement the WSF’s doping control strategy
  • Produce the annual WSF Test Distribution Plan and regularly update with intelligence based data
  • Select and manage the WSF Registered Testing Pools, educating athletes on the use of ADAMS
  • Monitor Athletes’ whereabouts in ADAMS
  • Organise a comprehensive in- and out-of-competition testing program
  • Monitor the “Play True Tip Line” and investigate accordingly
  • Investigate Atypical Findings and if processed as an Adverse Analytical Finding proceed to Results Management
  • Manage the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) program (Haematological and Steroidal)
  • Provide administrative support to the Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE) Commission
  • Educate athletes with regard to values, inadvertent usage and the use of the different existing online platforms e.g. ADEL
  • Ensure website information is updated regularly to provide athletes information on anti-doping, education, TUE applications etc.
  • Monitor compliance of the WSF Anti-Doping Rules by signatories (National Federations of the WSF, PSA)
  • Maintain WADA Compliance
  • Provide statistical reports to WADA and an overview of activities to the WSF Executive Board, while maintaining privacy, confidentiality and independence of the Anti-Doping Commission


The Athletes Commission was set up to maintain IOC compliance and generally to:

  • Improve communication between the athletes and the WSF
  • Provide input from the Athletes Commission for the annual review of WSF Referees
  • Encourage dialogue between athletes, clubs and Member Nations


  • Review and recommend annual budgets and four year forecasts to the Board
  • Evaluate finance proposals and business cases (if any) prepared by Management and recommend them (or otherwise) to the Board for adoption
  • Monitor and address any concerns relating to financial performance against budgets, cash flow projections, debtors, foreign exchange requirements, exposure and management accounting
  • Review any significant accounting and reporting issues, including professional and regulatory announcements
  • Review the annual financial statements and liaise with the external Auditor before submission to the Board for approval
  • Recommend the appointment, terms of engagement, audit plan and the audit evaluation and/or dismissal of the external Auditor to the Board
  • Oversee the quality of the audit conducted and review external audit reports
  • Monitor the establishment and maintenance of corporate governance, risk and internal control frameworks
  • Oversee the WSF’s Risk Management Policy and Framework, including regular monitoring via a risk register
  • Review and recommend insurance coverage for the WSF


  • Maintain, improve and enforce WSF Championship Regulations
  • Ensure that there is a host nation for each WSF World Championship and that a full range of WSF Championships are offered
  • Plan Tenders for each World Championship
  • Oversee the efficient planning, marketing and running of all World Championships
  • Specify standards for, and provide quality control on, all World Championships
  • Advise the Board on competitive structures for all events, including Major Games
  • Advise the Board on player eligibility
  • Raise maximum possible income from Rights Fees for World Championships, compatible with efficient staging and distribution of events around the five WSF Regions. To coordinate the World Calendar
  • Control seeding for all World Championships, in conjunction with Junior and Masters Commissions, through the Seeding Panels
  • Advise the Board and Major Games Commission as required on competitive structures and formats of play for competition generally
  • Nurture the development of potential Technical Delegates for all World Championships, and to mentor to raise their standards 


  • Disseminate relevant resources, notably via the WSF website
  • Conduct a WSF Coaching conference annually
  • Implement worldwide coaching level standardisation and qualification recognition and transportability via the WSF Coach Education Programme


  • Set specifications and standards for all technical products used in the sport of Squash, including courts, rackets, balls and eye protectors
  • Set specifications for squash courts
  • Monitor all products on the market worldwide and recommend appropriate action on those not meeting WSF standards
  • Evaluate applications for company and product Accreditation, carry out site inspections and report on suitability for approval
  • Monitor all technical aspects of Squash and recommend change as appropriate
  • Provide a linkage between WSF Accredited Companies and specifiers and builders of Squash courts
  • Assist in the maximisation of income from WSF approval of all Squash products
  • Liaise with PSA in relation to playing standards


  • Review the digital component of the WSF strategy and make the appropriate recommendation
  • Support the creation and implementation of a digital first approach across our organisation
  • Develop a digital toolkit for our MNFs and Continental Federations
  • Ensure our communication activities prioritise digital especially to reinforce the fan experience
  • Make recommendations to improve digitalisation of the activities of our Commissions
  • Provide guidance to the establishment of the digital WSF ecosystem in conjunction with WSF partners to support in particular the development of the World Graded Tour
  • Review the opportunity to create specific digital solutions to support the organisations of our events
  • Support the development of the WSF esport strategy to ensure the inclusion of Squash:Next in the Olympic Esport Week 
  • Closely cooperate with the Marketing/Commercial Commission to support higher commercialisation of our assets
  • Assist the review of our logo and the development of WSF branding guidelines

Nominations are being invited from interested parties


  • Continue to monitor, advise on any disciplinary incidents at WSF events and recommend actions
  • Update the WSF Code of Conduct as necessary
  • Encourage Continental Federations to fully adopt the WSF Code of Conduct
  • Continue the introduction of Mutual Recognition of Penalties via and Integrated Disciplinary Panel in conjunction with PSA and Regional Federations
  • Provide an appeals procedure for disputes between WSF members and other parties
  • Maintain development of offence benchmark penalties


  • Deal with ethics matters and complaints brought to it when activated
  • Advise on policies that will minimise the possibility of Ethics issues
  • Promote good governance as necessary


  • Complete the transition of the UK company and subsequent dissolution of the company incorporated in the Isle of Man
  • Generally, oversee WSF’s compliance and adherence to principles of good governance in the context of international sports federations. Make recommendations to the Board on proposed changes
  • Ensure compliance of the WSF and its Continental Federations with legal, financial and other requirements including data protection, aligned with good governance
  • Review, for potential conflicts of interest situations, and pre-approve all related party transactions on an on-going basis
  • Review performance of all WSF Commissions to ensure compliance with the WSF charter
  • Carry out periodic reviews of relevant WSF policies, processes and documentation, and their implementation vis-à-vis good governance standards. Make recommendations for improvement.
  • Support and advise any specific task groups pertaining to governance-based reviews, e.g. on the voting system
  • Carry out a periodic review of the articles to ensure clarity and consistency. Make recommendation to the Board for amendments.
  • Complete review of gaps in WSF policies. Prioritise and support the office and Board to produce missing policies
  • Review of non-financial worldwide data collected from National Federations with a view to make recommendations on improving what and how it is collected and used

Nominations are being invited from interested parties


  • Assist the WSF Board with the development of a marketing plan with reference to the Strategic Plan
  • Define a commercial strategy that is consistent with the WSF Regulations
  • Propose appropriate marketing evaluation process for our events
  • Determine the WSF Commercial Rights Policy
  • Develop income generating opportunities through exploitation of all our assets
  • Develop a commercial strategy for partnerships and sponsors in conjunction with our stakeholders
  • Support the sporting agencies mandated to commercialise our assets
  • Initiate promotional and contact plans
  • Align the communication activities with our marketing plan
  • Arrange marketing materials for each major WSF events
  • Provide legal and administrative support to review agencies contract
  • Liaise with International broadcasters to enhance WSF Championships exposure
  • Review WSF branding and visual identity of all its assets
  • Recommend PR plans for WSF World Championships and for squash competitions at major multi-sport events in conjunction with our communication manager
  • Enable stronger alignment with continental marketing commissions and National Squash Federations
  • Provide ongoing leadership and practical support for WSF’s external and internal communications as needed, including reputation management, media relations and social media management


  • Advise on matters relating to Masters squash generally
  • Recommend specific Rules & Regulations for Masters Squash
  • Coordinate a World Masters Circuit and Rankings as agreed
  • Assist the seeding process for Masters events


  • Advise on and respond to medical or scientific questions from WSF Commissions or the Board
  • Provide independent advice on health issues to WSF Member Nations and their players
  • Monitor the physical effects of Squash on players of all standards and recommend action plans to ensure that it remains a safe sport
  • Oversee the implementation of the World Squash Anti-Doping Code


  • Monitor, recommend changes to, and draft the Rules of Squash
  • Promote awareness of the Rules to member nations
  • Develop and publish Rules information as appropriate


  • Advise on the Rules
  • Answer general enquiries
  • Develop promotional and information materials for nations


  • Review WSF’s policies and processes to ensure effective management of WSF’s safeguarding responsibilities. Propose necessary changes to the Board for approval
  • Liaise with relevant WSF Commissions to ensure alignment of policies, processes and practices related to safeguarding, in particular those of Championships and Coaching Commissions
  • Contribute to training and awareness-raising related to safeguarding, for example for coaches, major events, etc.
  • Carry out, via the WSF Office, a periodic survey of Member Federations on the adoption of safeguarding policy and practices in each nation. Propose strategies to encourage the adoption of effective safeguarding practices
  • Provide guidance to Member Federations where required, with consideration for different cultures, environments and circumstances at local level
  • Ensure an effective reporting / whistle-blowing process in place, and an effective process for handling reports/cases

Nominations are being invited from interested parties


  • Each Commission Chairman (normally a specialist in the field) reports to the Board via the Board appointed liaison on the Commission (WSF President or Vice President) and the WSF office.
  • Commission members are proposed by the Chairman, Continental Federations and/or the WSF Office for review by the Board.
  • Chairs will submit Board reports twice a year.


  • Chairs are recommended to the Board for selection, normally by the WSF Office.
  • Term of Commission Membership:
    • Commission membership would not ordinarily exceed five persons, chosen for their relevant skill sets.
    • There will be a review of Commission membership every two years so that a degree of regeneration can be incorporated to maintain freshness.


  • Manage their Commission activity.
  • Provide a half yearly report for review by the Board
  • Attend the WSF Conference and, if required to do so, present their activities from the past year.
  • Provide data for the Executive Committee Report.
  • Provide an outline of the following year’s anticipated activities.
  • Provide a draft budget for the following year’s anticipated activities. 


  • Routine business is carried out by email.
  • E-meetings should be held at least once a year, with face-to-face meetings being held whenever costs allow.
  • The WSF funds the travel and accommodation for the Chair of each Commission, but members are self-funded or possibly supported by Continents.


  • The Chair of each Commission is responsible for identifying areas of action for the Commission and recommending strategy and plans to the Board.


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