The General Sports Authority (GSA) is the government body responsible for sport in Saudi Arabia. The General Sports Authority was previously known as the General Presidency of Youth Welfare (GPYW), which was created in 1974.
The General Presidency of Youth Welfare (GPYW) was established in 1974, by royal decree by the late King Faisal Bin Abdul-Aziz. In July 1987, the GPYW launched the Leadership Institute campus, the main Saudi entity accredited with training the youth to become expert trainers in sport.
The GPYW became known as the General Sports Authority in May 2016, following a royal decree restructuring the entity, and placing Prince Abdullah bin Musaad Al Saud as its chairman.
Mohammed Al-Sheikh was appointed to the position of chairman of GSA in April 2017, replacing Prince Abdullah bin Musaad Al Saud. On September 6, 2017, Mohammed Al-Sheikh was replaced by Turki bin Abdel Muhsin Al-Asheikh at this position.