Championships Overview

Olympic Winter Games (OWG)

Ten men’s and ten women’s teams: one from the host National Olympic Committee (NOC) and nine teams from the NOCs that have gained the most qualification points from the two previous Men’s and Women’s World Curling Championships.

Paralympic Winter Games (PWG)

Ten mixed gender teams: one from the host National Paralympic Committee (NPC) and nine teams from the NPCs that gained the most qualification points from the three previous World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

Two curling competitions – for national mixed junior teams of four athletes and inter-national mixed doubles teams (each team has one male and one female player, of two different nationalities).

World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)

World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)

For twelve men’s teams from the WCF’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia Zones. The host Association qualifies automatically. The other teams qualify through regional championships/challenges.

Teams gain qualification points for the Olympic Winter Games in the two championship years running up to the next Games. All teams competing at a World Championship are eligible for the WCF’s Olympic Qualification Event.

World Women's Curling Championship (WWCC)

For twelve women’s teams from the WCF’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia Zones. The host Association qualifies automatically. The other teams qualify through regional championships/challenges.

Teams gain qualification points for the Olympic Winter Games in the two championship years running up to the next Games. All teams competing at a World Championship are eligible for the WCF’s Olympic Qualification Event.

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC)

Open Entry: one team may enter from each WCF Member Association. One male and one female player on each team.

World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC)

Open Entry: one team from each gender may enter from each WCF Member Association. The players must not be less than 50 years of age by the end of the 30th day of June of the year immediately preceding the year in which the WSCC is to take place.

World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC)

For ten mixed gender teams: one from the host Association, seven qualify directly from the previous WWhCC and two from the WWhCQ. Teams gain qualification points for the Paralympic Winter Games.

European Curling Championships (ECC)

For men’s and women’s teams from the WCF’s European Zone. The event is divided into A, B and C Groups. Qualification for the World Curling Championships: seven teams qualify if the next WCC is being held in the European Zone.

Eight teams qualify if the next WCC is in the Americas or the Pacific-Asia Zone.

Seven teams qualify plus the host if the next WCC is in the European Zone.

Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (PACC)

For men’s and women’s teams from the WCF’s Pacific-Asia Zone. Qualification for the World Curling Championships.

The winner, and if the next World Curling Championship (WCC) is being held in the Americas or the European Zone, the runner-up, also qualifies.

If next WCC is in Pacific-Asia Zone, the winner, or if the winner is the hosting
Member Association, the runner-up qualifies.

Americas Challenge

For qualification to the WCC and WJCC. The second ranked Americas Zone association from the previous WCC and WJCC, providing they are not hosting the upcoming Championship, can face a challenge from any other Member Association in the Americas Zone.

World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC)

For ten junior men’s and ten junior women’s teams from the WCF’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia Zones. Some qualify from their final ranking in the previous year’s WJCC. Others qualify through the European Junior Curling Challenge and the Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships.

European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC)

For junior men’s and junior women’s European teams that have not already qualified for the World Junior Curling Championships. Winner qualifies if the next WJCC is in the European or the Pacific-Asia Zone. Runner-up also qualifies if the next WJCC is in the Americas Zone.

Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships (PAJCC)

For junior men’s and junior women’s teams from the WCF’s Pacific-Asia Zone. Qualification for the World Junior Curling Championships: the winner qualifies.


Olympic Qualification Event (OQE)

For men’s and women’s teams from any of the WCF’s regional zones that have competed at a World Championship in the four years running up to an Olympic Winter Games but have not qualified directly for the Games via the WCF’s Olympic qualification points system.

World Wheelchair Curling Qualification (WWhCQ)

Open Entry: to mixed gender teams from WCF Member Associations that have not already qualified for the next World Wheelchair Curling Championship. The winner and runner-up qualify for the WWhCC.
For complete details of qualification processes and playing systems please refer to the WCF Rule Book.