Curling World Cup teams to earn World Curling Tour ranking points

Teams competing in the new Curling World Cup will earn points for the World Curling Tour ranking system, also known as the Order of Merit.

The World Curling Tour ranking is for individual teams and can include multiple teams from a single Member Association or professional multi-national teams. It is essentially, a world team ranking and is curling’s equivalent of Tennis’ ATP World Tour ranking and golf’s PGA Tour world ranking.

It is important to note that the World Rankings, administered by the World Curling Federation, which ranks the Member Associations as a whole over a full, four-year, Olympic Cycle, in various disciplines, are different.

The World Curling Tour ranking belongs to and is administered by the World Curling Tour. Teams can earn these Order of Merit points at all official World Curling Tour events, which also include Canada’s Grand Slam of Curling competitions. Points can also be earned by teams competing at other World Curling Federation events, such as World, European and Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, as well as the Olympic Winter Games.

The Order of Merit points system factors in four key elements, in each competition:

  • the size of the field
  • the strength of the field – based on results from previous competitions
  • the size of the purse – the amount of money to be won
  • and the relative importance of each event – which scales from provincials all the way up to the Olympics

    The inaugural leg of the new four-stage Curling World Cup, will get underway in two weeks time, in Suzhou, China, between 12 and 16 September 2018.

    This will be the first opportunity for teams competing at the Curling World Cup to earn Order of Merit points, which will be available in all three disciplines – women’s, men’s and mixed doubles. Not only that, teams will also have the chance to compete for a cash pot of $USD 165,000, split across the three disciplines.

    For more information on how the World Curling Tour ranking and Order of Merit points are calculated visit, www.worldcurl.com

    The World Curling Federation's recognition of the World Curling Tour ranking is an extension of the partnership between the two organisations, that has seen World Curling's television making arm, World Curling TV, carry coverage of World Curling Tour events. In the 2018-2019 season the Stockholm Ladies Cup, the Curling Masters Champery and the Mercure Perth Masters will be covered by World Curling TV.

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