|Formation||1966 (as International Curling Federation)|
|Headquarters||Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|67 member associations|
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.
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."
The purpose and aims of the WCF are as follows:
Following is a list of member associations of the World Curling Federation:
|2017||Afghanistan Curling Federation||Afghanistan||Pacific-Asia|
|1991||Andorra Curling Association||Andorra||Europe|
|1986||Australian Curling Federation||Australia||Pacific-Asia|
|1982||Österreichischer Curling Verband||Austria||Europe|
|1997||Belarusian Curling Association||Belarus||Europe|
|2005||Belgium Curling Association||Belgium||Europe|
|2020||Bolivian Curling Federation||Bolivia||Americas|
|1998||Brazilian Ice Sports Federation||Brazil||Americas|
|2013||Bulgarian Curling Federation||Bulgaria||Europe|
|2002||Chinese Curling Association||China||Pacific-Asia|
|1998||Chinese Taipei Curling Federation||Chinese Taipei||Pacific-Asia|
|2004||Croatian Curling Association||Croatia||Europe|
|1990||Czech Curling Association||Czech Republic||Europe|
|1971||Danish Curling Association||Denmark||Europe|
|2019||Dominican Republic winter sports federation||Dominican Republic||Americas|
|1971||English Curling Association||England||Europe|
|2003||Estonian Curling Association||Estonia||Europe|
|1979||Finnish Curling Association||Finland||Europe|
|1966||French Ice Sports Federation||France||Europe|
|2013||Georgian Curling Federation||Georgia||Europe|
|2003||Hellenic Curling Association||Greece||Europe|
|2016||Guyana Curling Federation||Guyana||Americas|
|2014||Hong Kong Curling Association||Hong Kong||Pacific-Asia|
|1989||Hungarian Curling Federation||Hungary||Europe|
|1991||Icelandic Sport Federation||Iceland||Europe|
|2019||Curling Federation of India||India||Pacific-Asia|
|2003||Irish Curling Association||Ireland||Europe|
|2013||Israel Curling Federation||Israel||Europe|
|1972||Italian Ice Sports Federation||Italy||Europe|
|1985||Japan Curling Association||Japan||Pacific-Asia|
|2003||Kazakhstan Curling Association||Kazakhstan||Pacific-Asia|
|2021||Kenya Curling Federation||Kenya||Pacific-Asia|
|2012||Kosovo Curling Federation||Kosovo||Europe|
|2019||Kuwait Winter Games Club||Kuwait||Pacific-Asia|
|2017||Curling Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic||Kyrgyzstan||Pacific-Asia|
|2001||Latvian Curling Association||Latvia||Europe|
|1991||Liechtenstein Curling Association||Liechtenstein||Europe|
|2003||Lithuanian Curling Association||Lithuania||Europe|
|1976||Luxembourg Curling Association||Luxembourg||Europe|
|2016||Federacion Mexicana de Curling||Mexico||Americas|
|2012||Mongolian Curling Federation||Mongolia||Pacific-Asia|
|1975||Netherlands Curling Association||Netherlands||Europe|
|1991||New Zealand Curling Association||New Zealand||Pacific-Asia|
|2018||Nigeria Curling Federation||Nigeria||Pacific-Asia|
|1966||Norwegian Curling Association||Norway||Europe|
|2017||Winter Sports Federation of Portugal||Portugal||Europe|
|2014||Qatar Curling Federation||Qatar||Pacific-Asia|
|2010||Romanian Curling Federation||Romania||Europe|
|1992||Russian Curling Federation||Russia||Europe|
|2017||Kingdom Curling Association||Saudi Arabia||Pacific-Asia|
|1966||Royal Caledonian Curling Club||Scotland||Europe|
|2005||National Curling Association of Serbia||Serbia||Europe|
|2003||Slovak Curling Association||Slovakia||Europe|
|2010||Slovenian Curling Association||Slovenia||Europe|
|1994||Korean Curling Association||South Korea||Pacific-Asia|
|1999||Spanish Ice Sports Federation||Spain||Europe|
|1966||Swedish Curling Association||Sweden||Europe|
|1966||Swiss Curling Association||Switzerland||Europe|
|2009||Turkish Ice Skating Federation||Turkey||Europe|
|2020||Curling Federation of Turkmenistan||Turkmenistan||Pacific-Asia|
|2013||Ukrainian Curling Federation||Ukraine||Europe|
|1966||United States Curling Association||United States||Americas|
|1991||US Virgin Islands Curling Association||U.S. Virgin Islands||Americas|
|1982||Welsh Curling Association||Wales||Europe|
*The Armenia Curling Federation was suspended for failure to pay subscriptions.
*The Polish Curling Association was suspended for not resolving disputes within Poland's ministry of sport and the Polish Curling Association governance structures.
The current executive board as of September 2018 is as follows:
President: Kate Caithness (Scotland)
Board of Directors:
Secretary General: Colin Grahamslaw
Former presidents of the WCF and ICF are listed below:
|President||Member association||Years in office|
|Presidents of the ICF|
|Major Allan Cameron||Scotland||1966–1969|
|Brigadier Colin A. Campbell||Canada||1969–1979|
|Sven A. Eklund||Sweden||1979–1982|
|G. Clifton Thompson||Canada||1982–1985|
|Dr. Donald F. Barcome||United States||1988–1990|
|Presidents of the WCF|
The WCF manages many events around the world.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
The World Senior Curling Championships is an annual curling tournament featuring curlers from around the world who are at least 50 years old. Matches at the World Senior Championships are played in 8 ends played instead of the 10 played in most international events.
The WCF World Rankings system is designed to track and list the amount of success achieved by each member association of the World Curling Federation (WCF) in a given curling season. The system, which was implemented in December 2006, is similar to the ranking system used by FIFA. The events taken into account when calculating each nation's score include the Olympic and Paralympic games, the World Curling Championships, and the various qualifying events for member associations who did not compete in the worlds. The system was developed by Patrick Hürlimann, who is a former Olympic champion and was the vice president of the WCF from 2010 to 2012. The calculation method was overhauled for the 2018–19 season.
The United States Curling Association is the national governing body of the sport of curling in the United States. The goal of the USCA is to grow the sport of curling in the United States and win medals in competitions both domestic and abroad. Curling's recent popularity has swelled the USCA to 185 curling clubs and approximately 23,500 curlers in the United States. The United States Olympic men's curling teams have seen success in recent years, most notably winning the gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, led by skip John Shuster.
The World Wheelchair Curling Championship is an annual world championship held to determine the world's best team in wheelchair curling. It is held every non-Paralympic year.
The World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships are annual curling tournaments featuring the world's best teams of mixed doubles curlers.
The World Curling Championships are the annual world championships for curling, organized by the World Curling Federation and contested by national championship teams. There are men's, women's and mixed doubles championships, as well as men's and women's versions of junior and senior championships. There is also a world championship for wheelchair curling. The men's championship started in 1959, while the women's started in 1979. The mixed doubles championship was started in 2008. Since 2005, the men's and women's championships have been held in different venues, with Canada hosting one of the two championships every year: the men's championship in odd years, and the women's championship in even years. Canada has dominated both the men's and women's championships since their inception, although Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Scotland, the United States, Norway and China have all won at least one championship.
Kate Caithness is a Scottish curler. She serves as the current President of the World Curling Federation.
Günther Hummelt was an Austrian curler and curling coach who contributed greatly to the development of the sport of curling. Most notably, he served as the first president of the World Curling Federation following its succession of the International Curling Federation, which Hummelt was also a part of, and served as president of the Austrian Curling Association from 1980 to 2010.
Sven Axel Tankred Eklund (1916–1997) was a Swedish curler. He was the alternate on the team that represented Sweden during the 1963 Scotch Cup, the World Men's Curling Championship at the time. He was also a former president of the World Curling Federation and is a WCF Hall of Fame inductee.
The World Mixed Curling Championship is the world championship for mixed curling. It is held annually in the autumn, and replaced the European Mixed Curling Championship.
Viktor Kim is a Kazakhstani curler and curling coach.
The 2019 Le Gruyère AOP European Curling Championships was held in 2019 to qualify European curling teams for the 2020 World Curling Championships and World Qualification Event. The A and B division competitions were held from November 16 to 23 at The Olympia Rink in Helsingborg, Sweden. The C division competition was held from April 13 to 17 at the Brașov Olympic Ice Rink in Brașov, Romania.
The German Curling Association (DCV) is the national governing body of the sport of curling in Germany.
Inga Arfwidsson is a Swedish female curler.
Isobel Hannen is a Scottish curler and curling coach.
Curling at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics took place at the Palladium de Champéry in Champéry, Switzerland from 10 to 22 January 2020.
Curling was inducted at the Youth Olympic Games at the inaugural edition in 2012.
Ivan Shopov is a Bulgarian wheelchair curler.
The 2021 World Women's Curling Championship will be held from 30 April to 9 May at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta.
The 2021 World Men's Curling Championship is currently being held, from April 2 to 11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Canada.