World Curling Team Rankings
Following a request from the Member Associations and Athlete Commission the World Curling Federation have taken on the role of producing the World Team Ranking Lists.
These rankings include the results from events from across the world including World and National Championships, Grand Slams, World Curling Tour events and other registered international and national events.
The list of events at which points can be earned are listed below. If you are an event organiser and you want your event to be included, you must meet the following conditions required for a proper audit of results:
- Be part of a recognised series of curling events or be supported by your National Curling Body who are members of the World Curling Federation
- Publish a full list of entrants to your competition, including ALL players registered on teams, including line-up changes to registered teams
- Publish end-by-end score results of your competition to the internet throughout the duration of the event, with final standings confirmed within 24 hours of the completion of the event
- In general, the event should
- have a minimum of eight teams competing
- be double-knockout, triple-knockout or round-robin pool formats, with the simple conditions that the Five Rock Free Guard Zone rule must be used and games must be eight or ten ends in length. Special event formats like Skins and Match-play will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Rules variations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you wish you event to be included please submit details to Gerry Geurts by 15 October in the season in which the event is being played.
If you are already registered on the World Curling Tour they will automatically register you on the World Curling Federation World Team Ranking List, you do not need to register twice.
This list is different to the World Curling Tour’s Ranking List as that only includes World Curling Tour events. The World Curling Federation World Team Ranking List includes a much wider range of events.
To be included on the World Curling Tour an event needs to meet their conditions. If you are interested in your event being on the World Curling Tour please contact them directly here.
The World Curling federation is committed to ensuring the list remains fit for purpose and meets the needs of the athletes and Member Associations. It is currently reviewing the way points are awarded and will consult on changes to be implemented following the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
The World Team Ranking List is managed on behalf of the World Curling Federation by CurlingZone
As an optional extra, basic event live scoring and team registration services are available to events via CurlingZone — at no cost — as part of the World Team Ranking list inclusion.
All teams are registered automatically for the World Team Ranking when they compete in an eligible event. However, to ensure that your correct line-up is registered, please register your team through the centralised system created by CurlingZone.
Teams will receive points in sanctioned events as follows:
- Men’s and Women’s teams must have three of the four registered players on the ice at all times to collect points. “At all times” means all ends and all games in each event. Should a team be reduced to two registered players, they may play two of three to remain legal and collect points
- This point value will then be subject to the Strength of Field Multiplier (SFM). The SFM will be assigned to each event based on the quality of the participating teams. The SFM will be calculated using the World Team Ranking the week of the event. This ranking will be final as of Monday following the event
- All events using the World Team Ranking to qualify or seed teams shall consider the rankings as of midnight on the final day of competition during the week as official
- Due Diligence: Organisers register their events for sanctioning in good faith with the World Team Ranking List. Should an event not deliver the minimum criteria required, the event will be removed from the list and the points earned from the event will be deducted (teams will be advised when this occurs)
- In order to balance competitive opportunities, women’s teams are eligible to play in men’s events. However, these events can be no more than 25% of those entered in order to maintain status. If there are enough teams to run full women’s sections, a dedicated women’s event should be considered instead.
- Registered teams may challenge the allocation of points to any team from a specific event no later than seven full days after the completion of the event in question. For example, an event that ends on a Sunday, a challenge must be received by midnight Eastern Time (EST), which is Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) -4 hours, the following Sunday. Challenges should be submitted by e-mail to Gerry Geurts within that time frame. Challenges will be reviewed, and a decision will be made within 14 days of the end of the event in question.
- Team Changes: Due to the nature of testing out line-ups, teams have until 31 October of the current season to finalise their line-up to earn points for the season. Should a team make a line-up change that will affect the opening season points or points earned during the season, changes will be made retroactively to reflect the new line-up.
- At the start of the 2021–2022 season the following rules will be applied to line up changes:
- A team that retains three of four players will carry, at minimum, 100% of its points to next season. This way every team can change one player without penalty regardless if the new player has played in mixed doubles, four-player team, come from Juniors, was an alternate only or has not played at all the previous season. It keeps it simple and solves the concerns of players taking a year off for injury, pregnancy, or any other reason. Teams can always make one free change for the following season. Should the new player bring more points than the player they’re replacing, the difference will be included in the ranking.
- A team who retains less than three players would be considered a new team. Each player of a new team would contribute 25% each to the newly formed four-player team. If the newly formed team is a five-player team, each player would contribute 20% to its new team
- Teams who register a five-player team for 2021–2022. Teams who played as a four-player unit in 2020–2021 that becomes a five-player team for 2021–2022 will retain all their points. Teams will need a minimum of four out of the five original players to be eligible for points at all events. Each player will carry forward 20% of the team points should they move to another team the following season. The team will need to retain four of the five players in order to carry 100% of its points to the following season
- Teams that lose a player for an extended period of time. If for any reason a team loses a player for an “extended period of time’”, the team may submit a request, in writing, to the World Curling Federation, in order to replace that player. The World Curling Federation will decide if the request is valid and in fairness with the integrity of the game. The World Curling Federation decision will be deemed final.
Points Calculation Information
The World Curling Federation Team Ranking Point List will resume on 7 September 2021. As part of the regulations with this resumption, the current points will be phased out, ahead of new points being incorporated into the rankings.
The phasing out of current points will be carried out over the following dates:
- From 7 September 2021 — 50% of the previous points will count
- From 1 January 2022 — 25% of the previous points will count
- From 1 March 2022 — 0% of the previous points will count
Teams may count a number of events towards their points total for the coming season. The event count details are set to the following timeline:
- Up to 1 November 2021 — Best two events
- December 1–31 2021 — Best four events
- 1–30 January 2022 — Best five events
- 1–28 February 2022 — Best six events
- From 1 March 2022 — Best eight events
World Curling Team Rankings: Women
World Curling Team Rankings: Men
World Curling Team Rankings: Mixed Doubles (Teams)
World Curling Team Rankings: Mixed Doubles (Female Players)
World Curling Team Rankings: Mixed Doubles (Male Players)