Female wrestling is a combat sport which confronts two female competitors who try to gain control over their opponent through the use of throws, locks, leg trips, and clinching techniques. Similarly to Freestyle wrestling, all holds can involve the legs in order to ultimately pin the the opponent's shoulders to the mat. If a wrestler manages to do so, victory by "fall" is proclaimed, otherwise, the match pursues until the end of the regular time and the winner is decided according to the technical points scored.
Amateur female wrestling was first practised in France and Scandinavian countries in the 1980s. At the beginning, both styles experienced a certain evolution, but in the end it was a mere copy of freestyle wrestling. It was managed by a special FILA committee, under the direction of Michel Dusson (1984). The first World Championship of female wrestling was held in Lorenskog (Norway) in 1987. Female wrestling was admitted for the first time in the Olympic programme on the occasion of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004.
At present, female style wrestling counts seven weight categories:
Only four categories are in the Olympic program:
According to the ranking of the last World Cup of female wrestling, the leading countries in this style are: China, USA, Japan, Canada, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, and France.
Licence and insurance: The FILA licence is mandatory for all international female wrestling competitions with more than two participating countries. Every international competition shall be anounced to FILA and added to its official calendar. The FILA insurance will only apply to competitions which appear in its calendar. The FILA licence allows its holder to take part in all wrestling styles ruled by FILA.