The Sydney Scoreboard is a legacy of the 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Sydney 2010

About the Sydney Scoreboard

“The Sydney Scoreboard is the legacy of the 5th IWG World Conference on Women and Sport. Its aim is to increase women’s representation on sport boards globally” Johanna Adriaanse, IWG Co-Chair, 2006 – 2014.

The Sydney Scoreboard concept was developed following both national and international consultation. Following on from the Brighton Declaration, the legacy of the 1st World Conference on Women and Sport in 1994, the Sydney Scoreboard focuses on the principle of leadership in sport. The Brighton Declaration outlined that “Women are significantly under-represented in management, coaching and officiating, particularly at the higher levels. Without women leaders, decision makers and role models within sport, equal opportunities for women and girls will not be achieved.”

A strategic conversation designed to further develop the Sydney 2010 Conference legacy was held with some of Australia’s leading sport professionals in Sydney in November 2009. It was decided at this workshop that the agreed legacy would be:
Within the context of the achievement of the UN Millennium Goals – to increase the number of women on the boards/management committees of all sport organisations at international, regional, national and local level.

A Legacy Working Group was formulated and conceptualised the legacy as an internet based measurement tool aimed at driving increased female representation on sport boards and in leadership positions.

The Sydney Scoreboard operates as a powerful online tool through which women in leadership roles within sport organsiations can be tracked both nationally and internationally.  

How it Works

The Sydney Scoreboard documents the representation of women on boards of National Sport Organisations (NSOs) and International Federations. It uses 3 key indicators: board directors (executive members), board chairs (presidents) and chief executives (secretaries general). Two main periods of data collection were undertaken in 2009-2012 and 2013-2014. Another data collection was undertaken in 2016 of the International Federations. 

The IWG was responsbile for the coordination and collection of data through various official sources and contacts. Users can interact with the data in a number of ways by viewing the figures globally, nationally and by national sport organisation. A comparison of results for each period can be seen under “Key Facts and Publications”.

The following data fields are collected for each sport organisation:

  • Name of Sport Organisation
  • Country (for NSOs only)
  • Number of Women Board Directors
  • Total number of Board Directors
  • Chair of the board: male or female
  • Chief Executive Officer: male or female
  • Date data valid
  • Data source
  • Comments field
  • Name & contact details of person submitting data
  • Organisation submitting data
  • Date data submitted


The following definitions are used for data collection

National Sport Organisation

The organisation recognised by government and the majority of playing participants as the national representative for that sport. May also be referred to as National Sport Governing Body.


The official group of people (directors) empowered through the constitution to govern and oversee the running of an organisation.


A person who is on the board of directors of an organisation either by being elected or appointed to the board.


The person responsible for the leadership of the board.

Chief Executive

Top executive (usually paid) responsible for the organisation’s overall operations and performance who operates in accordance with the delegations and directions given by the Board. May also be referred to as General Manager, Managing Director, Secretary-General."