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Welcome to the official site of the IAU, the International Crossbow Shooting Union!

With us you will discover an amazing and inimitable world of crossbow shooting, get acquainted with its heroes - the strongest crossbow shooters from different countries, learn a lot of new and interesting things about the disciplines of the “Match” and “Field” divisions, read about the calendar plans and competition regulations. As well as become acquainted with interviews, comments, news, photos and video reports - always exclusive and prompt only on the website of the International Crossbow Shooting Union!

IAU (abbreviation from German - "Internationale Armbrustschützen Union") is a worldwide sports public organization founded on June 24, 1956.

Aims and objectives of the International Crossbow Shooting Union:

  • development and popularization of crossbow shooting all over the world
  • international sports competitions
  • strengthening friendly ties between national crossbow shooting federations 

Crossbow shooting is a technically challenging, distinctive sport that has a rich, centuries-old history and strong traditions that originate in various cultures around the world. Crossbow sport is always a bright sporting spectacle and uncompromising struggle on crossbow shooting ranges.

The head of the International Crossbow Shooting Union is the President of the IAU, who also chairs the Executive Committee. This collegial governing body is elected from the representatives of the national federations that are members of the IAU. And all together we are a team of like-minded people from Russia, Europe and Asia. We make every effort to develop the IAU in the true spirit of international sport.

Join us! We are always glad to see you on the pages of our site!

national federations

  • Austria

  • Belgium

  • China

  • Croatia

  • Czech Republic

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • France

  • United Kingdom

  • Germany

  • Hong Kong

  • Hungary

  • India

  • Ireland

  • Israel

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Kazakhstan

  • Latvia

  • Lithuania

  • Mongolia

  • Netherlands

  • Portugal

  • Russia

  • Serbia

  • Slovenia

  • Switzerland

  • Sweden

  • Taipei



We are pleased to announce that the international competition Europa Cup for 2021 will be organized again as an online competition, to enable participation from more IAU member federations. This year's Europa Cup will be held 16-17 October, according to the IAU Rules. To participate in the competition, the score sheet, together with a photo of the athlete holding the score sheet next to the target, shall be sent to branko@crossbow-croatia.hr by 16-17th October 2021, 23:59.

Below are the Invitation and the official Score Sheet.


We are pleased to announce that a new international competition has been included in this year's IAU calendar. The first CNTS Grand Prix in match and field crossbow shooting will take place from 29th to 31st October 2021 at the National Shooting Center in Châteauroux-Déols (Centre-Val de Loire), France. The French Shooting Federation is pleased to invite all the IAU Member Federations to participate and looks forward to greeting you at the competition.


Even when the times for the athletes are though and there are not many competitions, many athletes keep on working on the development of their favorite sport. The IAU Athlete Ambassador and the world class Match crossbow athlete Joel Brüschweiler recently took part in the IAU General Assembly as a guest. Here are his impressions and crossbow shooting story.