The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the world governing body for curling accreditation, with offices in Perth, Scotland. It was formed out of the International Curling Federation (ICF), when the push for Olympic Winter Sport status was made. The name was changed in 1990.
|Formation||1966 (as International Curling Federation)|
|Headquarters||Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|73 member associations|
The ICF was initially formed in 1966 as a committee of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Perth after the success of the Scotch Cup series of world championships held between Canada and Scotland. At the outset, it comprised the associations of Scotland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. In the wake of its formation, it sanctioned the World Curling Championships. The WCF currently sanctions 15 international curling events (see below). The WCF is managed by eight Board Directors, one president, three vice-presidents (one from each WCF regional zone - Americas, Europe, Pacific-Asia) and six Board Directors. The six Board Directors must all come from different member associations. All positions on the Board of Directors are elected by WCF member associations. The Board of Directors are supported by and a permanent staff of 20 employees.
The WCF mission statement reads: "The World Curling Federation represents curling internationally and facilitates the growth of the sport through a network of Member Associations/Federations."
The purpose and aims of the WCF are as follows:
- To represent curling internationally and to facilitate growth of the sport throughout the world
- To promote co-operation and mutual understanding amongst Member Associations and to unite curlers throughout the world
- To Defend and Further the interests of world curling
- To conduct world curling competitions
- To formulate rules of the sport of curling for world competitions and all other competitions approved by the WCF
Member associations edit
|2017||Afghanistan Curling Federation||Afghanistan||Pacific-Asia|
|1991||Andorra Curling Association||Andorra||Europe|
|1986||Australian Curling Federation||Australia||Pacific-Asia|
|1982||Österreichischer Curling Verband||Austria||Europe|
|1997||Belarusian Curling Association||Belarus||Europe|
|2005||Belgian Curling Association||Belgium||Europe|
|2020||Bolivian Curling Federation||Bolivia||Americas|
|2022||Bosnia and Herzegovina Curling Association||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Europe|
|1998||Brazilian Ice Sports Federation||Brazil||Americas|
|2013||Bulgarian Curling Federation||Bulgaria||Europe|
|2002||Chinese Curling Association||China||Pacific-Asia|
|1998||Chinese Taipei Curling Federation||Chinese Taipei||Pacific-Asia|
|2004||Croatian Curling Association||Croatia||Europe|
|1990||Czech Curling Association||Czechia||Europe|
|1971||Danish Curling Association||Denmark||Europe|
|2019||Dominican Republic winter sports federation||Dominican Republic||Americas|
|1971||English Curling Association||England||Europe|
|2003||Estonian Curling Association||Estonia||Europe|
|1979||Finnish Curling Association||Finland||Europe|
|1966||French Ice Sports Federation||France||Europe|
|2013||Georgian Curling Federation||Georgia||Europe|
|2003||Hellenic Curling Association||Greece||Europe|
|2016||Guyana Curling Federation||Guyana||Americas|
|2014||Hong Kong Curling Association||Hong Kong, China||Pacific-Asia|
|1989||Hungarian Curling Federation||Hungary||Europe|
|1991||Icelandic Sport Federation||Iceland||Europe|
|2019||Curling Federation of India||India||Pacific-Asia|
|2003||Irish Curling Association||Ireland||Europe|
|2013||Israel Curling Federation||Israel||Europe|
|1972||Italian Ice Sports Federation||Italy||Europe|
|1985||Japan Curling Association||Japan||Pacific-Asia|
|2003||Kazakhstan Curling Association||Kazakhstan||Pacific-Asia|
|2021||Kenya Curling Federation||Kenya||Pacific-Asia|
|1994||Korean Curling Association||Korea||Pacific-Asia|
|2012||Kosovo Curling Federation||Kosovo||Europe|
|2019||Kuwait Winter Games Club||Kuwait||Pacific-Asia|
|2017||Curling Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic||Kyrgyzstan||Pacific-Asia|
|2001||Latvian Curling Association||Latvia||Europe|
|1991||Liechtenstein Curling Association||Liechtenstein||Europe|
|2003||Lithuanian Curling Association||Lithuania||Europe|
|1976||Luxembourg Curling Association||Luxembourg||Europe|
|2016||Federacion Mexicana de Curling||Mexico||Americas|
|2012||Mongolian Curling Federation||Mongolia||Pacific-Asia|
|1975||Netherlands Curling Association||Netherlands||Europe|
|1991||New Zealand Curling Association||New Zealand||Pacific-Asia|
|2018||Nigeria Curling Federation||Nigeria||Pacific-Asia|
|1966||Norwegian Curling Association||Norway||Europe|
|2023||Pakistan Curling Federation||Pakistan||Pacific-Asia|
|2023||Curling Winter Sports Association of the Philippines||Philippines||Pacific-Asia|
|2022||Polish Curling Clubs Federation[a]||Poland||Europe|
|2017||Winter Sports Federation of Portugal||Portugal||Europe|
|2023||Puerto Rico||Puerto Rico||Americas|
|2014||Qatar Curling Federation||Qatar||Pacific-Asia|
|2010||Romanian Curling Federation||Romania||Europe|
|1992||Russian Curling Federation||Russia||Europe|
|2017||Kingdom Curling Association||Saudi Arabia||Pacific-Asia|
|1966||Royal Caledonian Curling Club||Scotland||Europe|
|2005||National Curling Association of Serbia||Serbia||Europe|
|2003||Slovak Curling Association||Slovakia||Europe|
|2010||Slovenian Curling Association||Slovenia||Europe|
|1999||Spanish Ice Sports Federation||Spain||Europe|
|1966||Swedish Curling Association||Sweden||Europe|
|1966||Swiss Curling Association||Switzerland||Europe|
|2022||Thai Curling Association||Thailand||Pacific-Asia|
|2009||Turkish Ice Skating Federation||Türkiye||Europe|
|2020||Curling Federation of Turkmenistan||Turkmenistan||Pacific-Asia|
|2013||Ukrainian Curling Federation||Ukraine||Europe|
|1966||United States Curling Association||United States of America||Americas|
|1991||US Virgin Islands Curling Association||U.S. Virgin Islands||Americas|
|1982||Welsh Curling Association||Wales||Europe|
Former member associations edit
|2008–2014||Armenia Curling Federation[b]||Armenia||Europe|
|2003–2021||Polish Curling Association[a]||Poland||Europe|
Executive board edit
The current executive board as of September 2022 is as follows:
President: Beau Welling (United States)
- Europe: Bent Ånund Ramsfjell (Norway)
- Americas: Graham Prouse (Canada)
- Pacific-Asia: Hugh Millikin (Australia)
Board of Directors:
Athlete Commission Chair: Jill Officer (Canada)
Former presidents edit
Former presidents of the WCF and ICF are listed below:
|President||Member association||Years in office|
|Presidents of the ICF|
|Major Allan Cameron||Scotland||1966–1969|
|Brigadier Colin A. Campbell||Canada||1969–1979|
|Sven A. Eklund||Sweden||1979–1982|
|G. Clifton Thompson||Canada||1982–1985|
|Dr. Donald F. Barcome||United States||1988–1990|
|Presidents of the WCF|
Competitions and championships edit
The WCF manages many events around the world.
|Olympic Winter Games (OWG)||For ten men's, women's, and mixed doubles teams.|
|Paralympic Winter Games (PWG)||For twelve mixed teams.|
|Youth Olympic Games (YOG)||For twenty-four mixed teams and forty-eight mixed doubles teams.|
|World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)||For thirteen men's teams.|
|World Women's Curling Championship (WWCC)||For thirteen women's teams.|
|World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC)||For twenty mixed doubles teams.|
|World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC)||For twelve mixed teams.|
|World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC)||For ten junior men's and ten junior women's teams.|
|World Mixed Curling Championship (WMxCC)||Open entry: one team may enter from each Member Association.|
|World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC)||Open entry: one team from each gender may enter from each Member Association. The players must not be less than 50 years of age.|
|Olympic Qualification Event (OQE)||For men's and women's teams from National Olympic Committees previously qualified for World Curling Championships but not already qualified for the Olympic Winter Games.|
|World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event (WMDQE)||For mixed doubles teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.|
|World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship (WWhBCC)||For mixed gender teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship.|
|World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC)||For junior men's and junior women's teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship.|
|European Curling Championships (ECC)||For men's and women's teams from the European zone.|
|Pan Continental Curling Championships (PCCC)||For men's and women's teams from the Pan Continental Zone. (Starting in 2022-23 season)|
|Curling World Cup||For eight men's, women's, and mixed doubles teams, consisting of three legs and a Grand Final.|
|Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships (PJCC)||For junior men's and women's teams from the Pacific Zone; acts as qualification to the WJCC. Replaced by World Junior-B Curling Championships.|
|European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC)||For junior men's and women's teams from the European zone that have not already qualified for WJCC. Replaced by World Junior-B Curling Championships.|
|Americas Challenge||For men's and women's teams from the defunct Americas zone, only if the second-ranked member association from the Americas zone is challenged. Replaced by Pan-Continental Curling Championship.|
|Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (PACC)||For men's and women's teams from the defunct Pacific-Asia zone. Replaced by the Pan-Continental Curling Championship.|
|World Qualification Event (WQE)||For eight men's and women's teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Curling Championships.|
See also edit
- The Polish Curling Association was suspended for not resolving disputes within Poland's ministry of sport and the Polish Curling Association governance structures. It was replaced by the Polish Curling Clubs Federation in 2022.
- The Armenia Curling Federation was suspended for failure to pay subscriptions, and later expelled.
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