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The digital playing field

Sport stakeholders compete playing by the rules. They cooperate to organize sporting events, ensure fairness, and maintain a level playing field. Just as this applies to sport, it applies as well to the business of sport. The sport community operates its internet extension on the basis of strong community-oriented policies.


The .sport Vision

Meaning, credibility, memorability, searchability, availability, persistence, portability: these are key advantages made possible in a dedicated Internet extension devoted to the cause of sport. Commercial alternatives on offer lack these advantages.

In order to make most of its potential for the benefit of the entire community, the .sport extension applies the values of sport as they have evolved and consolidated over time: an open, objective, rule-based approach. Rules support fairplay, competition, participation, and transparency.

The .sport Internet extension is placed under the authority of the International Sports Federations. Its rules support the sport community. Rules are designed to defend legitimate interests of community stakeholders, sponsors and brands.

The community-based .sport Initiative

The .sport Internet extension is by the community. In 2012, the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), then known as SportAccord, applied to operate the .sport Internet extension on behalf of the worldwide sport community. Following contention resolution and related proceedings, the .sport extension was created in the root of the Internet Domain Name System on January 10, 2018.

A Community-Based Internet Extension

The .sport extension is defined as community-based. Community-based top-level domains are operated by the representative of their community, for the benefit of the community. The community-based commitments for the .sport extension are documented in Specification 12 of the .sport Registry Agreement entered into by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and GAISF on 16 Nov 2017. (See

A Policy Advisory Board representing the entire Sport Community

As a way to reach out to all parts of the Sport Community, GAISF has set up an advisory board for community-based policy development. This governing body is composed of representatives of international sports federations, IOC representatives, and is open to other sport stakeholders. As a consequence, the .sport top-level domain will truly be community-led and will be developed around the values, culture and principles of sport.



.sport extension entered the general availability phase early 2019, and is now available across a growing network of resellers.


Who can apply?

The .sport Internet extension is for the community. This means that everyone who plays by the rules is included, and also means that there are rules to protect legitimate interests, including the concerns of brands, sponsors, and the collective community.

Registrations of domain names ending in .sport will be categorized. Key groups of .sport domain registrants include:

  • Federations
  • Sport organisations or governing bodies
  • Clubs and teams
  • Cities and public authorities
  • Athletes and practitioners
  • Sport organisers
  • Event sponsors
  • Sport brands and corporate partners
  • Sports media
  • Sports facilities

In addition to individual registration, there will be special programs for names categories that are subject to special requirements: discipline names, key sport vocabulary, geographic names and generic names.

Sports Governing Bodies

International and national sports federations and specialized institutions or groups of institutions will be able to use their acronyms in domain names based on the pattern <acronym>.sport .

Clubs, Teams, Events

Clubs, teams and events can register their names, brands, slogans and acronyms under .sport so long as they are commonly-known by them.


Athletes and their designated agents can register their name or well-known player’s nickname. The athlete should be licensed in the respective federation or have equivalent credentials in term of competition on international or national level.

Brands leverage .sport

Most major brands have a substantial investment in sport sponsorship and sport-based advertising. A dedicated <brand>.sport website is the ideal way to showcase the brand owner’s sport marketing investment. A dedicated site which highlights a brand’s sport engagement is worth the extra effort because it enhances the value of the existing sport marketing investment and offers a pristine channel to the sport audience. At the same time, it shows the brand owner’s commitment to sport, and the values of sport.

The juxtaposition of <brand> and “.sport” is productive because .sport is a curated name space. In .sport, all registration applications are evaluated. Using .sport, brand owners can enhance their brands’ visibility in terms of:

    Credibility: a .sport domain serves as a credential of the brand’s role in the sport community.

    Searchability: a brand that uses sport advertising will be found more easily in searches involving sport keywords, due to the ranking advantage on systematic good-faith natural language matches applied by today’s search engines.

    Memorability: sport is a dynamic and meaningful context which makes the entire expression easier to remember.

Sports media

The .sport extension will support an ecosystem for media companies, publishers and publishing syndicates offering high-quality context-driven content through large numbers of generic and geographic .sport domains. This will be based on registration terms designed to achieve consistent user experience, the protection of user’s privacy as well as adherence to the values of sport.


The following registrars have entered into a registry-registrar agreement (RRA) with GAISF in order to offer registration services for the .sport top-level domain:

Name ISP
Netnames (Ascio Technologies)
BB Online Limited
Com Laude (Nom-iq)
CSC Corporate Domains
Domain Research, LLC GmbH
Dreamscape Networks International Pte Ltd d/b/a
EnCirca Inc.
Entorno Digital S.A.
PSI-USA, Inc. d/b/a InterNetX, Domain Robot
INWX GmbH & Co. KG
Key Systems, LLC
Lexsynergy Limited
Mark Monitor
NameWeb BVBA
Net-Chinese Co., Ltd.
Netim Sarl
Hosting Concepts B.V. d/b/a
Ports Group AB
Realtime Register B.V.
Safenames Limited
Secura GmbH
Tucows Domains Inc.
united-domains AG
Variomedia AG

What will there be under .sport domain names, and when?

The domains applied for during the sunrise period will be activated in stages. The type of content visible to the public will evolve as the use of the .sport extension is gradually expanded.

Every discipline, every language

A user who visits a site with a name like “” or “” expects neutral, useful, responsibly managed information on the discipline. The user should also be able to expect that there is such a website for each major language and each major discipline.

Sport discipline and governing bodies’ names have been activated since late 2018, and are embraced by a growing number of them.  Examples include :

About .sport

The .sport Internet extension is a project of the Sport community. It is entrusted to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) which acts as Registry Operator and represents the Sport Community as contracted party to ICANN.

The .sport extension is defined as a community-based top-level domain. See .sport Registry Agreement: .

GAISF, established in 1967, is the umbrella organisation for both Olympic and non-Olympic international sports federations. GAISF includes 92 full members (international sports federations governing specific sports worldwide) and 17 associate members (organisations which conduct activities closely related to the international sports federations). GAISF’s mission is to support, promote and serve its members and the global sport community by providing services in various fields, including digital development.

The .sport extension operated by GAISF has been actively supported by international federations members and key global sports bodies, including the IOC (International Olympic Committee), UNOSDP (United Nation Office on Sport for Development and Peace) and  WADA (World Anti-Doping Association).

The .sport extension is part of a community-wide effort to build and maintain the Digital Playing Field, a set of standards, principles and resources designed to support the sport community ranging from sport practitioners, sport organizers and sport governing bodies to sport sponsors, sport advertisers and sport fans.

CORE Association (Internet Council of Registrars) is a not-for-profit association of registrars chartered to contribute to the development of the Internet domain system in the public trust. CORE Association Registry Service Provider (RSP) is a partner of GAISF for the operation of .sport.


Q: Is there a list of sport disciplines earmarked for international sports federations?

A: Yes. It can be found on . The disciplines list contains sport disciplines and sub-disciplines in a number of languages. These names are earmarked for the respective international sports federations. It is important to note that this is not an exhaustive list, that it is provisional and subject to updates without prior notice. (10-lexicon)

Q: Does .sport support Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) registrations?

A: Yes. However, IDN registrations are subject to enhanced validation from a technical and lexical standpoint to avoid any risk of confusion. All IDN variants of a domains name must be registered to the same party and have the same name servers. IDN tables for the following languages will be posted on with more to follow: Latin, Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean. (20-idn)

Q: Are number domains allowed, e.g.

A: Yes, number domains are allowed unless there is a risk of confusion or technical problems. Note that domains expressing years (such as are blocked because they critical in the sport context. For queries in this respect it is best to write to registry. (30-syntax)

Q: What is the minimum and maximum length of registered .sport domains?

A: The minimum length of the second-level U-label is 1 character. However, during the launch, 1-character and 2-character ASCII labels are blocked for later release. The maximum length of the second-level A-label is 63 characters. (40-syntax)

Q: What registration periods and grace periods apply?

A: The registration cycle matches the standard for gTLDs. The minimum registration period is 1 year. Renewals are allowed at any time by multiples of 1 year. The maximum registration term is 10 years. The initial registration period starts at allocation. Auto-renewal takes place 45 days after expiration, that is, at the end of the Auto-Renewal Grace Period. The 5-day Add Grace Period starts at allocation. (50-reg cycle)

Q: Will every .sport domain registered or applied-for be validated by registry staff?

A: Yes. All .sport registrations are subject to pre-validation. In addition to pre-validation, a post-validation process will be in place to review existing registrations. Registrants should use the free-format “intended-use” field available in the registration request to explain their role with respect to the requested domain and how they plan to use the domain. (60-validation)

Q: Is there a list of premium domains?

A: No, there is no exhaustive list of premium domains for sport. A domain of critical importance to the sport community may be designated as critical by the registry at any time prior to allocation. A critical name may be subject to special terms with respect to eligibility, commitments required from the domain holder and fees. (70-premium domains)

Q: Is there a list of reserved domains?

A: The domain:check command can be used to ascertain if a domain is blocked or otherwise reserved. A domain may be designated as reserved at any time. The registry reserves the right to reserve additional names at any time. (80-reserved domains)

Q: Does a registrar have to fulfill special conditions to become a .sport registrar?

A: No. All ICANN-accredited registrars can sign the .sport Registry-Registrar Agreement (RRA) and be .sport registrars. Conditions match the standards requirements for gTLDs. (110-onboarding)

Q: Does the .sport registry charge any fees to accredit a registrar?

A: No. There is no accreditation fee nor technical acceptance testing. (120-onboarding)

Q: Do the categories 3 to 6 in the launch policy correspond to the RFC 8334 Launch Phase named “priority”

A: Yes. Their relative order of precedence by category (within the “priority” phase) is based on the Launch policy. The validation team will establish the category for each application. (170-phases)

Q: Are there special requirements for brands to be registered as .sport domain names?

A: Yes. The .sport eligibility and name selection rules apply to all categories. (180-eligibility)

Q: Can an individual register a .sport domain?

A: Yes. During the launch period, individuals have to be athletes in the one of the sport disciplines. In all cases, the registrant must be clearly and accurately identified in the registrant contact record. (190-eligbility)

Q: What registration paradigm will be used in General Availability, i.e. after 2019-01-08?

A: All except special types of registrations will be available using the so-called pending-create paradigm. This means that the registration request remains pending while a manual review is performed by the validation team. During the time a registration is pending, the same domain cannot be requested in a new request. Based on the review, the registration is either accepted and the domain is allocated, or it is rejected with indication of the reason. Special types of registrations can have other paradigms. (230-pending-create)