USA Fencing Logo

USA Fencing is the official National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of fencing in the US. It was originally founded as the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) in 1891. Its name was changed to the United States Fencing Association (USFA) in 1981, and is now known as USA Fencing.

USA Fencing sets the rules and policies for fencing competitions in the USA, provides educational resources and insurance programs to local clubs, organizes and runs national tournaments, and selects teams to represent the USA in international competition.

All fencers in tournaments must be Competitive members of USA Fencing or another country’s NGB. Competitive membership also includes a subscription to American Fencing magazine.

Members over the age of 18 may also participate in the governance of the organization, including voting for representatives on the Board of Directors. Parents and other non-fencers may become Associate members.

All of our coaches and tournament staff are Professional members. This membership level includes a background check as part of USA Fencing’s SafeSport policy.

For more details about the organization or to become a member, visit the USA Fencing website,