Cancellation of World Orienteering Day 2020
The IOF Council has considered the developments around the outbreak of the Corona virus (Covid-19) at a national and international level. Based upon the current situation where strict participation restrictions are in place in most countries, and where cross border travel is highly restricted, the Council has decided that the World Orienteering Day 2020 which was planned to be held in the timeframe May 13-19 is cancelled.

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Our Vision

The International Orienteering Federation´s goals regarding the organisation of this annual event are as follows:
Increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in the schools’ activities, as well and in the clubs’ activities in all countries of National Federations, helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Visionary course of action

Each club of all national Orienteering Federations gets in touch with at least one school.  As teachers might need help to implement orienteering so the lessons are a fun and exciting experience, the IOF is working on providing teaching materials in different languages. The Regional Development and Youth Commission of the IOF coordinates and links interested Orienteering people from its national federations together in a school orienteering network in order to exchange materials and experiences. After the event, the students get to keep their maps to take home and show to their friends and family.

WOD 2020

The next World Orienteering Days will take place on May 13th! In 2020, between May 13th and May 19th, any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

WOD 2019

On Wednesday May 15th 2019, the fourth World Orienteering Day took place.  The event was bigger then before, with 398 712 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event. Schools, clubs and enthusiast all over the world made a fantastic contribution to orienteering.

WOD 2018

On Wednesday May 23rd 2018, the third World Orienteering Day took place. It was an even greater success than the previous years, with 358 735 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event.

WOD 2017

On Wednesday May 24th 2017, the second World Orienteering Day took place. It was an even greater success than last year, with 288 675 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event. This is new record, with 35 000 more participants than last year.

WOD 2016

On Wednesday May 11th 2016, the first World Orienteering Day was a huge success, with more than 250 000 participants all over the world taking part in an orienteering event. Schools, clubs and enthusiast all over the world made a fantastic contribution and we managed to beat the world record.

Rabbit Tour

The aim of this campaign is to create a “hot topic” among people worldwide and to be part of something bigger! The purpose of the “Rabbit Tour” is to investigate whether this type of activity is feasible in Europe and if it can be developed in 2018 to 3-5 WOD Rabbit Tours worldwide.

Follow the WOD Rabbit

Organise an event


WOD guidelines (read)

WOD guidelines (download PDF)

WOD mini guidelines as folder

WOD graphic manual

WOD Font Roboto

WOD Font Open sans

Promotion kit

Bib (with number)

Diploma (with margin)

Diploma with form
Flyer (with margin)
Poster (with margin)
Start card

Beach flag


Leaflet Go Orienteering


Rectangle format

PNG: Black, Color & White
EPS: Black, Color & White.

Square format
PNG: BlackColor & White.
EPS: BlackColor & White.


Promotion photos

(Please mention the photographer Ulf Palm when using photo 1-5, and SportIdent using photo 6-15)

Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5, Photo 6, Photo 7, Photo 8, Photo 9, Photo 10, Photo 11, Photo 12, Photo 13, Photo 14, Photo 15

Maze (4 maps) and How to set up the maze


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