One of the biggest challenges for many of IMMAF’s member federations is lack of funding. In countries where mixed martial arts is not yet recognised or supported by the government, the management of national federations relies on the goodwill and commitment of volunteers. This has a knock-on effect on the administrative structure of the national organisations, in terms of available man hours (around fulltime jobs and other commitments) and ability to invest in resources. However, IMMAF members are now set for a financial boost thanks to IMMAF’s partnership with sports management software MyNextMatch, which is being offered to them as a free service. Among its essential services MyNextMatch provides facilities to streamline and manage member registration and records, course bookings and grading processes. Member federations are already using the tool to collect membership fees, in a move that will greatly enhance their ability to generate revenue. Athletes, clubs and officials can now affiliate to national federations through MyNextMatch and pay any fees directly into the federation’s bank account through the system. The level of these fees is set by individual federations. As affiliation to a national federation is a requirement for taking part in IMMAF international events, membership of national federations is growing worldwide. Having a tool like MyNextMatch enables federations to manage their increasing membership in a time-efficient and professional manner. Federations that have signed up and are charging membership fees through MyNextMatch are already feeling the benefits. Evan Karjalainen, treasurer of IMMAF of Australia, said: “We had been looking for a one-stop billing, event, athlete statistics and communication tool and feel MyNextMatch is ticking all the boxes. “As a new amateur organisation, we wanted to limit a reliance on the typical corporate multi-platform technical and financial systems and we’re pleased to have been able to streamline all our administration through one portal.” Oner Avara, CEO and founder of MyNextMatch, added: “Managing affiliation fees is just one of the many ways MyNextMatch is helping IMMAF members meet their goals – both financially and otherwise. “We look forward to more federations taking advantage of this free tool to help take their organisation to the next level.” Federations should contact MyNextMatch to discuss how they can start charging affiliation fees, and managing all other aspects of their administration, through the system.