World Curling Federation

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World Curling Federation
World Curling Federation logo.svg
Formation1966 (as International Curling Federation)
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
67 member associations
Official language
Kate Caithness
20 [1]

The World Curling Federation (WCF) is the world governing body for curling accreditation, with offices in Perth, Scotland. It was formed out of the International Curling Federation (ICF), when the push for Olympic Winter Sport status was made. The name was changed in 1990.


The ICF was initially formed in 1966 as a committee of the Royal Caledonian Curling Club in Perth after the success of the Scotch Cup series of world championships held between Canada and Scotland. At the outset, it comprised the associations of Scotland, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. In the wake of its formation, it sanctioned the World Curling Championships. The WCF currently sanctions fifteen international curling events (see below). The WCF is managed by eight Board Directors, one president, three vice-presidents (one from each WCF regional zone - Americas, Europe, Pacific-Asia) and six Board Directors. The six Board Directors must all come from different member associations. All positions on the Board of Directors are elected by WCF member associations. The Board of Directors are supported by and a permanent staff of 20 employees.

There are currently 67 member associations, with the most recent addition being the Kenya Curling Federation in 2021. [2]


The WCF mission statement reads: "The World Curling Federation represents curling internationally and facilitates the growth of the sport through a network of Member Associations/Federations." [3]

The purpose and aims of the WCF are as follows: [4]

  1. To represent curling internationally and to facilitate growth of the sport throughout the world
  2. To promote co-operation and mutual understanding amongst Member Associations and to unite curlers throughout the world
  3. To Defend and Further the interests of world curling
  4. To conduct world curling competitions
  5. To formulate rules of the sport of curling for world competitions and all other competitions approved by the WCF

Member associations

Members of the World Curling Federation and its regional divisions. Green represents the Americas zone, Blue represents the Europe zone, and Purple represents the Pacific-Asia zone. Wcfmap.png
Members of the World Curling Federation and its regional divisions. Green represents the Americas zone, Blue represents the Europe zone, and Purple represents the Pacific-Asia zone.

Following is a list of member associations of the World Curling Federation: [5]

YearNameCountryWCF zone
2017Afghanistan Curling Federation [6] Flag of Afghanistan.svg  Afghanistan Pacific-Asia
1991 Andorra Curling Association Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Europe
1986 Australian Curling Federation Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Pacific-Asia
1982Österreichischer Curling Verband [7] Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Europe
1997Belarusian Curling Association [8] Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus Europe
2005Belgium Curling Association [9] Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Europe
2020Bolivian Curling FederationFlag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia Americas
1998 Brazilian Ice Sports Federation Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Americas
2013Bulgarian Curling Federation [10] Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Europe
1966 Curling Canada Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Americas
2002 Chinese Curling Association Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Pacific-Asia
1998Chinese Taipei Curling Federation [11] Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei Pacific-Asia
2004Croatian Curling Association [12] Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia Europe
1990Czech Curling Association [13] Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Europe
1971Danish Curling Association [14] Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Europe
2019Dominican Republic winter sports federationFlag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic Americas
1971 English Curling Association Flag of England.svg  England Europe
2003Estonian Curling Association [15] Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Europe
1979Finnish Curling Association [16] Flag of Finland.svg  Finland Europe
1966 French Ice Sports Federation Flag of France.svg  France Europe
2013Georgian Curling FederationFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia Europe
1967 Deutscher Curling-Verband Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Europe
2003Hellenic Curling AssociationFlag of Greece.svg  Greece Europe
2016Guyana Curling FederationFlag of Guyana.svg  Guyana Americas
2014Hong Kong Curling AssociationFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong Pacific-Asia
1989Hungarian Curling Federation [17] Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Europe
1991Icelandic Sport FederationFlag of Iceland.svg  Iceland Europe
2019 Curling Federation of India Flag of India.svg  India Pacific-Asia
2003Irish Curling Association [18] Four Provinces Flag.svg  Ireland Europe
2013 Israel Curling Federation Flag of Israel.svg  Israel Europe
1972 Italian Ice Sports Federation Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Europe
1985Japan Curling Association [19] Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Pacific-Asia
2003Kazakhstan Curling AssociationFlag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan Pacific-Asia
2021Kenya Curling FederationFlag of Kenya.svg  Kenya Pacific-Asia
2012Kosovo Curling FederationFlag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo Europe
2019Kuwait Winter Games ClubFlag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait Pacific-Asia
2017Curling Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic [20] Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan Pacific-Asia
2001Latvian Curling Association [21] Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia Europe
1991Liechtenstein Curling AssociationFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein Europe
2003Lithuanian Curling Association [22] Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania Europe
1976Luxembourg Curling Association [23] Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Europe
2016Federacion Mexicana de CurlingFlag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Americas
2012Mongolian Curling FederationFlag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia Pacific-Asia
1975Netherlands Curling Association [24] Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Europe
1991New Zealand Curling Association [25] Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Pacific-Asia
2018Nigeria Curling Federation [26] Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria Pacific-Asia
1966Norwegian Curling Association [27] Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Europe
2017 Winter Sports Federation of Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Europe
2014Qatar Curling FederationFlag of Qatar.svg  Qatar Pacific-Asia
2010Romanian Curling Federation [28] Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Europe
1992Russian Curling Federation [29] Flag of Russia.svg  Russia Europe
2017Kingdom Curling AssociationFlag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia Pacific-Asia
1966 Royal Caledonian Curling Club Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Europe
2005National Curling Association of Serbia [30] Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia Europe
2003Slovak Curling Association [31] Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia Europe
2010Slovenian Curling Association [32] Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia Europe
1994Korean Curling AssociationFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Pacific-Asia
1999 Spanish Ice Sports Federation Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Europe
1966Swedish Curling Association [33] Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Europe
1966Swiss Curling Association [34] Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Europe
2009 Turkish Ice Skating Federation Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey Europe
2020Curling Federation of TurkmenistanFlag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan Pacific-Asia
2013Ukrainian Curling Federation [35] Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine Europe
1966 United States Curling Association Flag of the United States.svg  United States Americas
1991US Virgin Islands Curling AssociationFlag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  U.S. Virgin Islands Americas
1982Welsh Curling Association [36] Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Europe

*The Armenia Curling Federation was suspended for failure to pay subscriptions. [37]

*The Polish Curling Association was suspended for not resolving disputes within Poland's ministry of sport and the Polish Curling Association governance structures. [38]

Executive board

The current executive board as of September 2018 is as follows: [39]

Kate Caithness, current president of the World Curling Federation 2020-01-22 Curling at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics - Mixed Doubles - Victory Ceremony (Martin Rulsch) 016.jpg
Kate Caithness, current president of the World Curling Federation

President: Kate Caithness (Scotland)
Vice Presidents:

Europe: Bent Ånund Ramsfjell (Norway)
Americas: Graham Prouse (Canada)
Pacific-Asia: Hugh Millikin (Australia)

Board of Directors:

Hew Chalmers (Scotland)
Cathrine Lindahl (Sweden)
Toyo Ogawa (Japan)
Beau Welling (United States)

Secretary General: Colin Grahamslaw

Former presidents

Former presidents of the WCF and ICF are listed below: [40]

PresidentMember associationYears in office
Presidents of the ICF
Major Allan Cameron Scotland1966–1969
Brigadier Colin A. Campbell Canada1969–1979
Sven A. Eklund Sweden1979–1982
G. Clifton Thompson Canada1982–1985
Philip Dawson Scotland1985–1988
Dr. Donald F. Barcome United States1988–1990
Presidents of the WCF
Günther Hummelt Austria1990–2000
Roy Sinclair Scotland2000–2006
Les Harrison Canada2006–2010

Competitions and championships

The WCF manages many events around the world. [41]

International championships
Olympic Winter Games (OWG)For ten men's, women's, and mixed doubles teams.
Paralympic Winter Games (PWG)For twelve mixed teams.
Youth Olympic Games (YOG)For twenty-four mixed teams and forty-eight mixed doubles teams.
World Men's Curling Championship (WMCC)For thirteen men's teams.
World Women's Curling Championship (WWCC)For thirteen women's teams.
World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship (WMDCC)Open entry: one team may enter from each Member Association.
World Wheelchair Curling Championship (WWhCC)For twelve mixed teams.
World Junior Curling Championships (WJCC)For ten junior men's and ten junior women's teams.
World Mixed Curling Championship (WMxCC)Open entry: one team may enter from each Member Association.
World Senior Curling Championships (WSCC)Open entry: one team from each gender may enter from each Member Association. The players must not be less than 50 years of age.
Qualification events
Olympic Qualification Event (OQE)For men's and women's teams from National Olympic Committees previously qualified for World Curling Championships but not already qualified for the Olympic Winter Games.
World Qualification Event (WQE)For eight men's and women's teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Curling Championships.
World Mixed Doubles Qualification Event (WMDQE)For mixed doubles teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship.
World Wheelchair-B Curling Championship (WWhBCC)For mixed gender teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship.
World Junior-B Curling Championships (WJBCC)For junior men's and junior women's teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Wheelchair Curling Championship.
Regional championships
Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (PACC)For men's and women's teams from the Pacific-Asia zone.
European Curling Championships (ECC)For men's and women's teams from the European zone.
Americas Challenge For men's and women's teams from the Americas zone, only if the second-ranked member association from the Americas zone is challenged.
Defunct events
Curling World Cup For eight men's, women's, and mixed doubles teams, consisting of three legs and a Grand Final.
Pacific-Asia Junior Curling Championships (PJCC)For junior men's and women's teams from the Pacific Zone; acts as qualification to the WJCC. Replaced by World Junior-B Curling Championships.
European Junior Curling Challenge (EJCC)For junior men's and women's teams from the European zone that have not already qualified for WJCC. Replaced by World Junior-B Curling Championships.

See also


  1. World Curling Federation . Retrieved 16 March 2019.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. "Kenya become second African World Curling Member Association". World Curling Federation. 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  5. World Curling Federation Members
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  7. "ÖCV". (in German). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
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  13. "Curling CZ | Oficiální stránky Českého Svazu Curlingu". Curling CZ (in Czech). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
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  16. "Suomen Curlingliitto - Finnish Curling Association". (in Finnish). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  17. "Magyar Curling Szövetség" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  18. "Irish Curling Association". Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  19. "公益社団法人 日本カーリング協会". (in Japanese). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  20. " — Сайт федерации кёрлинга Кыргызской Республики" (in Russian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
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  27. "Norges Curlingforbund". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  28. "Federatia Romana de Curling" (in Romanian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  29. "Федерация кёрлинга России". (in Russian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  30. "Национални савез за Карлинг Србије". (in Serbian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
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  34. "Home". swisscurling (in German). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  35. "Всеукраїнська федерація кьорлінгу" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  36. "Welsh Curling Association". Welsh Curling Association. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  37. "World Curling Federation Annual General Assembly April 2012". World Curling Federation. 6 April 2012.
  38. "Membership of Polish Curling Association suspended". World Curling Federation. 4 February 2020.
  39. "Board Directors and Staff". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  40. World Curling Federation. "Past Presidents of the WCF".
  41. World Curling Federation. "Championships Overview".

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