Historical overview

Meetings of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA): Historical Overview  

1964
Formation of ICSS (International Committee for the Sociology of Sport)
Dumazedier (France), Erbach (GDR), Heinila (Finland), Lüschen (FRG), McIntosh (UK), Nowikow (USSR), Wohl (Poland), Hepp (Hungary). Meeting in Geneva (Switzerland).

1965
The above, together with Stone (USA) met in Warsaw (Poland) to formally found ICSS.

1966
First international symposium: "Small Group Research and Sport". Cologne (FRG).

1967
First international workshop: "Cross Cultural Research on Sport". Urbana (USA), Board meeting : Jyväskylä (Finland).

1968
Second international symposium: "Working Class Youth and Sport". Vienna (Austria).
Second international workshop: "Cross Cultural Research on Sport". Leicester (England).
Third international workshop: "Methodological Problems in the Sociology of Sport". Magglingen (Switzerland).

1969
Seventh World Congress of Sociology: Varna (Bulgaria).

ICSS 3rd International Workshop on “Sociology of Sport - Theoretical and Methodological Foundations”, Macolin, Switzerland, September 5-12,1969. (Symposium published as Albonico, R. & Pfister-Binz, K. (1971) Soziologie des Sports - Sociology of Sport. 10. Magglinger Symposium (Schweiz). Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag.

1970
Third international symposium: "Sport and Socialization". Waterloo (Canada).

1971
Olympic Scientific Congress: Munich (FRG).

1973
Fourth international symposium: "The Analysis of Children's Games". Bucharest (Roumania).

1974
Eighth World Congress of Sociology: Toronto (Canada).

1975
Fifth international symposium: "Sport Organizations". Heidelberg (FRG).

1975
Olympic Scientific Congress: Québec City (Canada).

1977
Seminar and Board meeting: Macolin (Switzerland).

1978
Ninth World Congress of Sociology: Uppsala (Sweden).

1979
Sixth international symposium: "Sport and Culture". Jablonna/Warsaw (Poland).

1979
Olympic Scientific Congress: Tbilisi (USSR).
First regional symposium: "Career Patterns and Career Contingencies in Sport". Vancouver (Canada).

1980
Seventh international symposium: "Physical Culture and Sport in the Daily Life of Social Groups : Children, Youth, Adults and Older Adults". Halle (GDR).

1982
Tenth World Congress of Sociology: Mexico City (Mexico).

1983
Eighth international symposium: "Sport and Contemporary Societies". Paris (France).

1984
Olympic Scientific Congress: Eugene (USA) [Joint meeting with the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport].

1984
Ninth international symposium: "Physical Culture and Sports in the Way of Life of the Young Generation". Prague (Czechoslovakia).

1986
Eleventh World Congress of Sociology: New Delhi (India).
Seventh Commonwealth and International Conference on "Sport, Physical Education, Dance, Recreation and Health". Glasgow (Scotland).

1987
Jyväskylä Congress on "Movement and Sport in Women's Life". Jyväskylä (Finland).

1988
Olympic Scientific Congress: Cheonan (S. Korea).

1988
Maccabiah - Wingate International Congress on "Sport Sciences and Coaching". Wingate (Israel).

1990
Twelfth World Congress of Sociology: Madrid (Spain).

1991
Tenth international symposium: "Sport, Social Change and Social Process". Tallinn (Estonia).

1992
Olympic Scientific Congress: Benalmadena (Spain).
Eleventh international symposium: "Sport in Time and Space". Vienna (Austria).

1993
Thirteenth World Congress of Sociology: Bielefeld (Germany).

Name change : ISSA (International Sociology of Sport Associaton) / AISS (Association Internationale de Sociologie du Sport)

1995
Twelfth international symposium: "Sport, social problems, social movements". Rome (Italy).

1996
Olympic Scientific Congress: Dallas (USA).

1997
Thirtheenth international symposium: "Organisations, Cultures and Sport". Oslo (Norway).

1998
Fourteenth World Congress of Sociology: Montreal, Quebec (Canada).

1999
Fourteenth international symposium: "New Century - New Expectations". Budapest (Hungary).

2000
Pre-Olympic Scientific Congress: Brisbane (Australia).

2001
1st World Congress of Sociology of Sport: "Sociology of Sport and New Global Order: Bridging Perspectives and Crossing Boundaries", Seoul (Korea).

2002
XV ISA World Congress of Sociology: Brisbane (Australia).

2003
2nd World Congress of Sociology of Sport: "Sport and Social Order: Challenges for Theory and Practice", Cologne (Germany).

2004
Pre-Olympic Congress: "Sport Science through the Ages: Challenges in the New Millenium", Thessaloniki (Greece).

2005
3rd World Congress of Sociology of Sport, "Sport and Social Inclusion/Exclusion", Buenos Aires (Argentina).

2006
16th World Congress of Sociology, "The Quality of Social Existence in a Globalising World", Durban (South Africa)

2007
4th World Congress of Sociology of Sport (in conjunction with the International Sport History Association) "Sport in a Global World; Past, Present & Future", Copenhagen (Denmark)

2008
World Congress of Sociology of Sport – Kyoto, Japan, “Sport and Society At the Crossroads” July 26-29

2009
World Congress of Sociology of Sport – Utrecht, The Netherlands, "Passion, Practice & Profit" July 15-18

2010
XVII World Congress of Sociology, Gothenburg, Sweden, “Sociology on the Move”, July 11-17.

2011
World Congress of Sociology of Sport – Havana, Cuba. “Sport and the Winds of Change”,  July 12-15.

(Compiled by Peter Donnelly, Alan Ingham, Bart Vanreusel and Steve Jackson)