Membership FAQ

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As a member of the IGF (International Go Federation), the AGA recognizes membership reciprocity with other IGF member organizations, a list of which can be found here.

I live in the US, but I am not a member of the AGA. Do I have to join, and if so, how do I join?

  • If your current country of residence is the US, then you need to be a member of the AGA to play in the main tournaments. You can join the AGA here. Not sure if you may have been a member in the past? You can look yourself up by last name here, and can log into your account (or reset your password) here.
  • AGA membership costs $10/year for youth through age 22, and $30/year for adult membership. There are discounts available for multi-year membership. Payments are not self-renewing – you will need to renew your membership when it expires.
  • For people living in the US, membership will be rigorously checked.


I don’t live in the US, and I’m not a member of my country’s association – can I play in the e-Go Congress?
  • If you live in a country that allows you to join an amateur go membership association, we ask that you do so. It is not always possible for us to check membership, but we support national associations across the world and ask you to do so as well.
  • If you live in a country that does not allow you to join an amateur go membership association, then that requirement is waived.


  • I don’t live in the US, and I’m not sure if I’m a member of my country’s association. I play in tournaments in my country, does that count?
    If your country does not require membership and has awarded you a rating or other mark of participation and “membership,” then that is sufficient to meet the membership requirement.


    I don’t live in the US, but I’m interested in joining the AGA. Can I do so?
    • Absolutely – people from anywhere in the world may join the AGA.
    • You can join the AGA here. AGA membership costs $10/year for youth through age 22, and $30/year for adult membership. There are discounts available for multi-year membership. Payments are not self-renewing – you will need to renew your membership when it expires.


    I want to play Pair Go with someone who is new to playing go. Do they have to join an association to play?
    You do not need to be a member of an association to play in Pair Go, the 9x9 tournament, or any beginner events. We encourage new go players to play in these events.


    Which events require membership, and which do not?
    No membership is required to observe tournaments or broadcasts. We welcome everyone from around the world to tune in to watch!

  • Membership required: e-Go Congress Open, Blitz, and Double-Digit Kyu Tournaments
  • Membership not required: 9x9, Pair Go, Youth Relay Go, Relay Go, viewing broadcasts