AANA and AOSSM joined efforts to establish a Match in 2008. AANA and AOSSM utilize the SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services (SF Match) to administer the Match. Applicants interested in applying to the Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Match should register with SF Match and obtain and complete the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Match Central Application Service (CAS). All applications must be submitted to SF Match for distribution to fellowship programs. Applications sent directly to fellowship programs will not be accepted.

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Programs are eligible to participate in the Match if they are ACGME-accredited, accredited by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA), an AANA-recognized fellowship or have submitted an application to the ACGME prior to August 15. Non-accredited positions are clearly designated in the Participating Programs listing and on the SF Match website. Non-accredited positions DO NOT qualify for subspecialty certification in sports medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Programs listed on the AOSSM website are the programs that have agreed to participate in the Match. Military programs are handled through the Military Match and are not listed on our site.

It is particularly important that resident applicants, program directors and faculty, as well as residency directors and faculty fully understand the Match process and policies.

Program Directors will need to log-in with their AOSSM account to view the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Match Agreement. 
  Virtual Interview dates by region   
 Fellowship Match Programs for 2021 (Training Period 2022-2023)


2020-2021 Match Timeline

For training beginning August 1, 2022 (ending July 31, 2023)

By August 1, 2020: Programs to complete online Match Agreement and submit payment of $150 (payable to AOSSM).

August 3, 2020: Registration opens for applicants on SF Match website. Applicants can register for the Match and download a copy of the CAS application. The list of participating fellowship programs is located at the link above and on the SF Match website.
By November 15, 2020: Programs to list interview date on SF Match website and email date to Meredith Herzog at AOSSM.

On November 30, 2020: Interview invitations to be sent out by programs to applicants (no earlier than 11/30/20). Allow one week for RSVP.

December 30, 2020: Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Interviews Begin 

April 6, 2021: Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Interviews End

April 13, 2021: Rank lists due to SF Match from both programs and applicants 

April 20, 2021
: Match Day

 Statement on Communication-Post Interview

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Match


  • Who is running the Match?
  • Are programs required to participate?
  • Who may participate in the orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship Match?
  • Can a participating program commit only some of its positions to the Match?
  • What are the incentives and benefits of participating in the Match?
  • Does the Match have disincentives (teeth)
  • Will applicants be penalized if they withdraw from the Match or if they fail to accept a matched position?
  • When will the Match occur?
  • How can I make an informed decision about participating in the Match?
  • How much will it cost to participate in the Match?