Sweden and Canada continue to top WCF World Rankings

Following the conclusion of the 2010-2011 season, Sweden maintains its position at the top of the World Curling Federation’s women’s rankings and Canada continues to lead the men’s.

Sweden win Gold at the Capital One World Women's Curling Championship 2011. Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

The final rankings for the 2010-2011 season reflect the WCF member association finishes at the recent Capital One World Women’s Curling Championship in Esbjerg, Denmark and the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship in Regina, Canada.

The main movers following the conclusion of this curling season are Denmark in the women’s ranking and Sweden in the men’s.

Denmark’s Lene Nielsen finished in fourth position at women’s worlds with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning bronze at the men’s championship. With these finishes, Denmark moves up a position in the women’s ranking from 5th to 4th and Sweden jumps up two spots in the men’s, from 7th to 5th.

Other notable changes include the Czech Republic and Korea on the men’s side. Both these WCF Member Associations qualified out of this season’s European and Pacific championships respectively for the Men’s World Championship.

The Czech team skipped by Jiri Snitil finished eighth overall at the worlds and on this performance the Czech Republic moves up three ranking places this season, from 15th to 12th. Korea’s Dong-Keun Lee’s eleventh place finish in Regina and their qualification for the event means Korea leaps from 20th to 15th position.

The American team’s tenth place finish at the men’s worlds has had an effect on their ranking, with the USA dropping two positions from 5th to 7th.

The complete and final rankings for the 2010-2011 season can be seen and downloaded here: http://www.worldcurling.org/rankings-men-and-women

The WCF World Rankings track and list the success of all 48 Member Associations of the World Curling Federation at the Pacific Championships, the European Championships, the Men's and Women's World Championships and the Olympic Winter Games.

Points are assigned for top-level placements at each competition. Points are only assigned once per season to member associations qualifying out of their regional championships for the world championships. Lower point values are assigned on a percentage scaled basis for placement at events dating back as far as six curling seasons.

The WCF World Rankings were developed by 1998 Olympic Champion Patrick Hürlimann of Switzerland, currently Vice President of the Federation.

For more explanation see http://www.worldcurling.org/sweden-and-canada-remain-on-top-of-wcf-world-rankings issued after this season’s European and Pacific championships.

The next rankings will be released in December 2011 after the 2011 Pacific and European Championships.