WCF publishes latest World Rankings

  • China men moved into fifth position after winning the PACC 2014 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

Following the conclusion of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014, the World Curling Federation has released its latest world rankings.

Canada continues to dominate the world of curling as they remain at the top of the men’s, women’s and wheelchair curling rankings. Switzerland meanwhile lead the Mixed Doubles rankings.

The men’s and women’s rankings reflect final rankings at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships and the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014.

In addition to the men’s and women’s rankings, the Wheelchair Curling world rankings have been updated following the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event in November 2014, while, for the first time, the official WCF World Mixed Doubles Curling rankings have been published.

There is no change to the top four men’s positions, with Canada topping the rankings followed by 2014 European champions Sweden, Scotland/Great Britain and then Norway.

China and Switzerland swapped places after China won gold at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014, while Switzerland picked up the bronze medals at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014.

Japan and France exchanged positions as Japan moved up into 12th place after picking up the silver medals at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014.

Three Member Associations dropped four places in the rankings, with New Zealand dropping from 14th to 18th after their fifth place finish at the Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2014, while Poland dropped from 24th to 28th and Spain moved from 26th to 30th position following their performances in the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B Division.

Israel made the biggest improvement as they moved up eight places from 45th to 37th position thanks to their 11th place finish in the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B Division, which they were promoted to after qualifying from the European Curling Championships C Division earlier in October.

Canada also continue to top the women’s rankings as the top 12 Member Associations remain unchanged from the last publication of the rankings at the end of the 2013/14 curling season.

Sweden remain in second position with reigning world and recently crowned European champions, Switzerland, in third.

Norway and Italy women swapped places, with Norway moving up into 13th position after winning Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 B Division, where Italy finished third.

Estonia were the biggest movers in the women’s rankings as they moved up from 20th to 17th position after their performance at Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2014 where they finished eighth in the A Division.

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

The Mixed Doubles rankings are topped by Switzerland following their World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship win in Dumfries, Scotland, earlier this year.

Behind them in second place is Sweden, silver medallists from that championship, and Hungary, who were World Mixed Doubles Curling champions in 2013.

For the full World Rankings for Mixed Doubles, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/mixed-doubles-ranking

There hasn’t been much movement in the WCF Wheelchair Curling rankings, as the top seven teams remain in the same position.

Slovakia have moved into eighth place, overtaking Norway who slipped into ninth position, while Slovenia have made the biggest progress since the last rankings were published as they moved into 18th place, three higher than they were before.

For the full Wheelchair Curling rankings, visit: http://www.worldcurling.org/wheelchair-curling-ranking

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 men’s and women’s teams’ top-level placements at the Pacific-Asia, European and World Championships and also at the Olympic Winter Games.

For the Mixed Doubles rankings, points are assigned for top-level placements at the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.

The Wheelchair Curling ranking points are assigned for top-level placements at the World Wheelchair Curling Qualification event and World Wheelchair Curling Championship along with the Paralympic Winter Games.

Points for all WCF rankings 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 2015 World Curling Championships.