WCF World Rankings following 2012 Pacific-Asia & European Championships

Following the conclusion of the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2012 in Karlstad, Sweden, the World Curling Federation has released its latest world rankings which reflect team finishes at the Europeans and the Pacific-Asia Curling Curling Championships 2012, held in Naseby, New Zealand in November.

Russia Skip Andrey Drozdov at ECC 2012 Photo: WCF/Richard Gray

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

In the men’s ranking, China jumps up three spots from their 2011-2012 season finish to sixth place after Rui Liu skipped his team to gold at the Pacific-Asia Championships and qualified China for the Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 in Victoria, BC, Canada. Russia moves up four places from 17th to 13th as Andrey Drozdov secured a fifth place finish for his team at the Europeans and a place at the men’s world championship. Turkey, having qualified out of the European C Group 2012 for the B Group event in Karlstad, move up four places in the men’s ranking following their 12th place B Group finish.

Germany drops down two positions to rank eighth, following Andreas Lang’s ninth place finish in Karlstad and failure to secure a world championship spot. For the first time in the history of their participation at the event, Germany drops to the European B Group for the 2013 championships. Wales and Ireland are relegated to the 2013 C Group event and drop four and five places in the rankings respectively.

In the women’s ranking, there is little change in the ranking of the top 20 WCF Member Associations. Poland moves up two places to rank 22 as Elzbieta Ran’s team finished sixth in the B Group at the Europeans. Again, there is a notable move of four places for Turkey as the women also qualified out of the 2012 C Group and finished fifth in the B Group event in Karlstad. Kazakhstan, which is now a member of the WCF’s Pacific-Asia zone, entered a team for the first time at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Championships and as a result climbs four spots in the ranking.

WCF Member Associations which did not enter a women’s team for their regional championship this season, drop down in the rankings. While the Netherlands entered a team for the 2012 C Group, their four spot drop is the effect of not entering a team in the 2011-2012 season.

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 top-level placements at the Pacific-Asia, European and World Championships and also at the Olympic Winter Games.

Points are only assigned once per season to WCF 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 next WCF World Rankings will be released following this season’s World Curling Championships.

The World Women’s Curling Championship 2013 will take place in Riga, Latvia (16-24 March 2013) The teams that have qualified for this event are Latvia (as host) Canada, USA, China, Japan, Russia, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy and Germany http://wwcc2013.worldcurling.net

The Ford World Men’s Curling Championship 2013 will be staged in Victoria, BC, Canada. (30 March-7 April 2013). The teams that have qualified for this event are Canada (as host), USA, China, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Switzerland, Scotland and Finland. http://www.curling.ca/championships/worlds/