Membership of the IFSA is open to everyone!  We offer full club membership and junior membership offering insurance, Garda vetting, nationally recognised coaching and the opportunity to represent Ireland at international events.  IFSA events are the only sea angling events recognised by Sport Ireland one example of which is the Senior & Ladies “All Ireland” Championships which has been running over 50 years.

If you or your club would like to become a member of the IFSA please review the membership benefits here and contact your provinical secretary for affiliation/membership form.

Membership Benefits

Not just an insurance policy!  Our clubs and associate members all benefit and contribute to the following;

  • Competitive and comprehensive insurance – Your affiliation includes insurance, a ‘no nonsense’ policy providing public liability cover of €6.5million to our members and clubs for their activities. Immediately your committee and club members are protected against any claim arising against them whilst out angling as a club, running an event, fishing another federation event or just out fishing. Please contact us for more details.
  • The world stage – As a club member you are entitled to participate in trials for selection for our international teams,  at Senior, Ladies and Junior level for which the IFSA providing funding and sponsorship for selected events. This is available to all our members as the IFSA affiliates with CIPS and FIPS-M. No other group can represent Ireland at CIPs/FIPS-M International Events.
  • Coaching – An important factor in the future development of our sport. We are affiliated to the Angling Council of Ireland with whom we work closely to ensure all our members can progress on the coaching pathway and obtain certification. All members can apply for Garda vetting free of charge required for working with juniors and vulnerable people. Coaching courses are heavily subsidised, usually €20 and sometimes free of charge to our members.
  • Events & Competitions – We manage national and international competitions across Ireland securing sponsorship for the events and providing our clubs with the opportunity to co-host events at national level and show case their venues. One example is the IFSA Jimmy Smith All Ireland which has been running for over 50 years.  As a member you have the option to be part of and assist with the running of IFSA hosted World Championships in Ireland.
  • Promotion –  Our social media platforms are gaining followers as a first stop for anglers looking to find a club, fishing venue or event, coaching and advice. We will provide free promotion of your club’s events, festivals and activities via this website and Facebook as well as those of our partners.
  • Governance –  We work the with the Sport Ireland to improve our governance structures on a continuing basis. Guidance and support is available to members through our executive and with the ACI.
  • Angling as a Sport – We have been successful in achieving recognition of angling as a sport and affiliate with the Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland,  and the Federation of Irish Sport with whom we can work to help increase participation of our sport.
  • Sponsorship – The executive committee with provide advice and assistance can be provided for sponsorship funding applications.
  • Meet us and associated bodies – Attend the yearly AGM and have the opportunity to be elected onto the executive committee.  Opportunity to represent Ireland’s sea anglers at meeting with bodies such as Inland Fisheries IFI.
  • Irish Specimen Fish Commitee – For the benefit of promotion of coarse fishing in Ireland we have a representative on the committee. The ISFC’s main aim is to verify and publicise the capture of specimen (i.e. trophy) fish caught on rod and line by anglers in Ireland, both in freshwater and at sea. The Committee also ratifies Irish record rod caught fish. For more details visit

The IFSA is a member of the Angling Council of Ireland and the NGB for sea angling as recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.

 We invite individuals to join their local club and make a contribution to the sport of sea angling in Ireland.

For approximately €50 you will receive all the above benefits including personal accident insurance.

You will have access to subsidised coaching, all IFSA events and competitions and can be considered for our international teams.

Just email us your details if interested in starting a club – details below are yearly guidelines.

Club affiliation is €125

Insurance is €125
Then a capitation fee is due per angler of €30
12 members are requiered to start a club.