Championships Overview

Olympic Winter Games (OWG)

Ten women’s, ten men’s and ten mixed doubles teams: one from the host National Olympic Committee and seven teams from the National Olympic Committees that have gained the most qualification points from the two previous women’s and men’s World Curling Championships. Two teams from the National Olympic Committees that win the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event. Ten mixed doubles teams: exact qualification procedure to be determined.

Paralympic Winter Games (PWG)

12 mixed gender teams: one from the host National Paralympic Committee and 11 teams from the National Paralympic Committees that gained the most qualification points from the three previous World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

24 mixed teams and 48 mixed doubles teams (note: the 48 mixed doubles teams will be made up of the 96 athletes from the 24 regular teams).The host NOC, then the two (2) best-ranked NOCs from North America; the best-ranked NOC from South America; the three (3) best-ranked NOCs from Asia; the best-ranked NOC from Oceania and the eight (8) best-ranked NOCs from Europe are all guaranteed a place, based on the YOG ranking list. An accumulation of points from the 2018 and 2019 World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC) and World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC) will make up the YOG ranking list. The remaining eight places will be allocated to top ranked teams in the World Curling Federation’s women’s and men’s World Junior ranking list.

World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)

World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)

For 13 men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia zones. 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 Curling Championship in the four years leading up to the next Games are eligible for the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event.

World Women's Curling Championship (WWCC)

For 13 women’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia zones. 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 Curling Championship in the four years leading up to the next Games are eligible for the World Curling Federation’s Olympic Qualification Event.

World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC)

Open entry: one team may enter from each World Curling Federation Member Association. One female and one male player on each team. Teams gain qualification points for the Olympic Winter Games in the two World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships prior to the next Games.

Effective from 1 October 2019, the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship will be for 20 teams. The top 16 from the previous WMDCC will directly qualify. The remaining places will be allocated to the top four Member Associations from the World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event (WMDQE), which is open to all Member Associations not already qualified.

World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC)

For 12 mixed gender teams: one from the host Association, eight qualify directly from the previous World Wheelchair Curling Championship and three from the World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship. Teams gain qualification points for the Paralympic Winter Games.

World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship (WWhBCC)

Open to mixed gender teams from World Curling Federation Member Associations that have not already qualified for the next World Wheelchair Curling Championship. The three medal winning teams qualify for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship.

World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC)

For ten junior women’s and ten junior men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Americas, European and Pacific-Asia zones. The host Association, the top six teams from the final ranking in the previous year’s World Junior Curling Championships and a further three teams from the World Junior-B Curling Championships qualify. If a host team finished in the top six the previous year, the seventh ranked team would qualify.

World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC)

Open to junior teams from all World Curling Federation Member Associations that have not already qualified for the World Junior Curling Championships. The top three women’s and men’s teams will qualify from this event to the World Junior Curling Championships.

World Mixed Curling Championship (WMxCC)

Open entry: Member Associations may enter one mixed gender team for this event, consisting of two male and two female athletes. Mixed curling is played following the same rules as ’traditional’ curling with the exception that games will be played up to a maximum of eight ends, delivery rotation must alternate between each gender and the skip and vice-skip must be from the opposite gender. Also, no alternate (substitute) athletes are allowed on the team.

World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC)

Open entry: one team from each gender may enter from each World Curling Federation 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 World Senior Curling Championships are to take place.

Olympic Qualification Event (OQE)

For women’s and men’s teams from any of the World Curling Federation’s regional zones that have competed at a World Curling Championship in the four years running up to an Olympic Winter Games, but have not qualified directly for the Games via the World Curling Federation’s Olympic qualification points system. Two women’s and two men’s teams will qualify for the OWG from this event.

European Curling Championships (ECC)

For women’s and men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s European zone. These championships are divided into A, B and C Divisions. Teams in the A-Division can qualify for the World Curling Championships. Eight teams qualify from the European zone to the Worlds, unless a European team finishes last at the Worlds the previous year, then one guaranteed place is lost. The two highest ranked teams behind the World qualifiers in the A-Division and the winners and runners-up in the B-Division earn places at the World Qualification Event. Each season, two teams are relegated from the A-Division; in the B-Division two teams are promoted and two relegated and in the C-Division two are promoted.

Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (PACC)

For women’s and men’s teams from the World Curling Federation’s Pacific-Asia zone. Qualifies teams for the World Curling Championships and World Qualification Event. Two teams qualify from the Pacific-Asia zone to the Worlds, unless a Pacific-Asia team finishes last at the Worlds the previous year, then one guaranteed place is lost. The two teams ranked behind the World qualifiers earn places at the World Qualification Event.

Americas Challenge

For qualification to the World Curling Championships and World Qualification Event. The Americas zone receives two guaranteed places in the World Curling Championships each year - unless an Americas zone team finishes last at the previous year’s Worlds, then only one place is guaranteed. The first place goes to the highest finisher at the Worlds in the previous season or the host nation of the next World Curling Championships. When two places are available, for the second place, any Member Association in the Americas zone can challenge the second ranked Member Association from the previous season’s Worlds or the non-hosting team if the next Worlds are in North America. The Americas Challenge can have up to six challengers.
For complete details of qualification processes and playing systems please refer to the WCF Rule Book.