The ISPO Award is open to all products and services aimed at the sports consumer. The application can be submitted by the brand as well as by a responsible agency. Technology and ingredient brands can only be judged in combination with an end-user product and may not be judged independently. Ingredient brands (especially Trims, Yarns, Fibers, Insulation) can also apply for ISPO Textrends.
All types of sports-related products and services are accepted. The focus of the competition is innovation and the product must be a consumer product.
Applications are submitted via the ISPO Award online platform.
Select a product or service, complete the application form. If your product is selected for the jury meeting, you will be notified. Then please send the product samples to the organization office in time.
If you are submitting a product that will be commercially available in an extensive size range and/or for both men and women - especially apparel, footwear and hardgoods - it is helpful to have this product in different sizes.
Ideal size ranges (EU sizes)):
- Men's shoes from 42 to 45
- Women's shoes from 37 to 40
You send your application.
On the day of judging, our jury will review the applications received and make a preliminary selection.
The selected applications will be notified and asked to send in their product sample. This must arrive at the specified address in Munich on the day of the jury meeting at the latest, or preferably before.
After the jury meeting, the ISPO Award winners will be determined and notified. Products which could not be awarded will be sent back directly, the applicants will be charged the handling fee.
The products that have won the ISPO Award will be exhibited at the next trade fair (ISPO Munich or OutDoor by ISPO) and will be returned afterwards.
Application period: It is always possible to apply for the ISPO Award.
The award ceremony will take place at OutDoor by ISPO or ISPO Munich.
Dates Application deadline:
Q4 2022: 18.10.2022
Q1 2023: 11.01.2023
Q2 2023: 14.04.2023
Q3 2023: 08.09.2023
Q4 2023: 20.10.2023
Dates 1st Judging (Screening):
Q4 2022: 21.10.2022
Q1 2023: 13.01.2023
Q2 2023: 17.04.2023
Q3 2023: 11.09.2023
Q4 2023: 23.10.2023
Jury meeting dates:
Q4 2022: 04.11.2022 >> exhibition at ISPO Munich 2022
Q1 2023: 27.01.2023 >> exhibition at OutDoor by ISPO 2023 / ISPO Munich 2023
Q2 2023: 05.05.2023 >> exhibition at OutDoor by ISPO 2023 / ISPO Munich 2023
Q3 2023: 22.09.2023 >> exhibition at OutDoor by ISPO 2023 / ISPO Munich 2024
Q4 2023: 03.11.2023 >> exhibition at OutDoor by ISPO 2023 / ISPO Munich 2024
Please send your product sample only after you have received the request from us. The respective deadline for sending is two working days before the date of the jury meeting (November 4 2022 / January 27 2023 / May 5 2023 etc.). To ensure your product arrives on time, please plan for shipping to take one to two days longer than expected.
Messe München GmbH
Expedition / Gate 1
Am Messesee 2
The application itself is free of charge. However, by sending the application you confirm that you are aware of the following costs:
Award Winner: communication package 5.900€.
Nominee: 100 € handling fee. In addition, a Native Article can be booked on ispo.com at a greatly reduced price.
All award winners automatically book the comprehensive communication package for 5,900€. There are no additional costs.
More information about the scope of the package can be found here.
The application for the ISPO Award is not done via categories. You submit your product and the jury decides whether it will receive an ISPO Award. All Award Winners are additionally pre-selected for the Editors Choice, which is awarded in 5 segments. In the application you can indicate if your product / service is suitable for one of the segments in case of the award.
Not necessarily. However: all discussions during the jury sessions will be in English. Questions and descriptions in English are therefore a great relief in the process.
Yes, the point is to point out only the most important features of your product. Due to the different nature of each question, the mark limitations are not the same for each one. Here are the most important ones:
Specific questions about the product: 350 characters
Long product description: 450 characters
IMPORTANT: In addition to the jury session, the long product description will also be used for the ISPO Award website, in all ISPO Award print publications and for all ISPO Award exhibition displays.
Once you have submitted your application using the "submit" button, your application cannot be edited.
The award team will usually inform all award winners after the jury meeting. As the results are very important, we ask for your patience if it takes a little longer due to data processing or other unexpected factors. Priority will be given to the correct publication of the respective information.
Unlike previous years, products submitted will be actively returned. This process is covered by the handling fee. During the application process, you will be asked for a return address. Please enter this address conscientiously - this is the only way to ensure that your product will arrive safely back to you. Upon request, a return is possible on the last day of ISPO Munich / OutDoor by ISPO at the Messe München exhibition center.
If you would like to pick up your product between the jury meeting and ISPO Munich /OutDoor by ISPO or during the respective trade show, please contact the Award Team in time to arrange a binding appointment. If you plan to have your product picked up after ISPO Munich, please inform the Award Team at least 24 hours before the desired pick-up time.