WCF World Rankings as of December 2013

Following the conclusion of the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event in Fuessen, Germany, the Federation has released its latest world rankings.

The rankings reflect qualification for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games curling competition as well as final finishes at the 2013 Le Gruyère European Curling Championships and 2013 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships.

The updated rankings can be seen and downloaded here: www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women

In the men’s ranking, there is no change to the top eight spots from the final 2012-2013 season ranking. The German Curling Association moves up one place from 10th to 9th following their men’s team qualification for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi out of the event in Fuessen. Russia moves up two spots from 12th to 10th following a sixth place finish at the Europeans in Stavanger, Norway.

Failure to make the Olympics sees the Czech Republic and France slide down the rankings. France drops two positions as their men’s team was relegated to the 2014 European B Division following their ninth place finish in the 2013 European A Division.

Silver medals for Japan at the 2013 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships in Shanghai, China and qualification for the World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 in Beijing, China means Japan moves up three places from 16th to 13th.

Estonia and Poland jump up the men’s rankings due to their fifth and sixth place finishes respectively in the 2013 European B Division. While Romania moves up seven places as their men’s team managed to stay in the B Division for the 2014 event.

A last place finish at the 2013 Pacific-Asia Championship, sees Australia drop five places.

In the women’s rankings, Sweden and Canada remain in first and second spot. Scotland pips Switzerland to 3rd place after taking silver medals at the 2013 Europeans.

Japan and Korea both move up a position having both secured a place at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Germany falls down three places from 8th to 11th as a result of their women’s team failure to secure an Olympic berth and an eighth place finish at the Europeans.

Latvia moves up one place after finishing seventh at the Europeans and qualifying for the 2014 Ford World Women’s Curling Championship in Saint John, Canada.

Estonia also moves up one place after making curling history by qualifying for the 2014 European Curling Championship A Division for the first time.

Turkey and Belarus jump up the rankings following their women’s team fifth and seventh place finishes respectively in the 2013 European B Division and avoiding relegation for the 2014 event.

Wales, Ireland, the Netherlands and France all drop down as result of no women’s team for these Member Associations competing in the 2013 European C Division.

The WCF World Rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic Champion Patrick Hürlimann, from Switzerland, Vice President of the World Curling Federation from 2010 to 2012.

Points are assigned for top-level placements at the Pacific-Asia, European and World Championships and also at the Olympic Winter Games.

Points are calculated on a percentage-scaled basis for placement at events dating back as far as six curling seasons.

The next WCF World Rankings will be released following the 2014 World Curling Championships and will also take into account final placement at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The following women’s teams will compete at the curling competition of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Canada, USA, Denmark, Korea, China, Japan and Russia (as host).

The men’s teams for Sochi 2014 are: Canada, Sweden, Great Britain (Scotland's world championship points are used for qualification purposes), Norway, Denmark, China, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Russia (as host). More info: www.sochi2014.worldcurling.net

The Ford World Women’s Curling Championship 2014 will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada (15-23 March 2014). The WCF Member Associations that have qualified teams for this event are: Canada (as host), USA, China, Korea, Sweden, Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia and Germany www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/

The World Men’s Curling Championship 2014 will be staged in Beijing, China. (29 March-6 April 2014). The teams that have qualified for this event are China (as host), Canada, USA, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic and Germany. www.wmcc2014.worldcurling.net