There are two categories of IPHA membership. The first category is IPHA Full Member. These are the nations that have their own, independent, pond hockey association, separete from a winter sports federation, and they participate annually in the IPHA championship program.
The second category is IPHA Associate Member. These are nations that either do not have fully independent national associations or who have independent national associations, but parcitipate to only a limited extent in IPHA championship.