World Archery Federation
AbbreviationWA (formerly FITA)
Formation4 September 1931; 92 years ago (1931-09-04)
TypeFederation of national associations
HeadquartersLausanne, Switzerland
Region served
159 national and other associations
Official language
Uğur Erdener
First Vice-president
Mario Scarzella
AffiliationsInternational Olympic Committee, International World Games Association

The World Archery Federation (WA, also and formerly known as FITA from the French Fédération Internationale de Tir à l'Arc) is the governing body of the sport of archery. It is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is composed of 156 national federations and other archery associations, and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.


FITA was founded on 4 September 1931 in Lwow, Poland (today Lviv, Ukraine). Its seven founding member states were France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy.[1] The aim of the organization was to create regular archery championships, and to return archery to the Olympic Games (the sport had not been featured since 1920). FITA was finally successful in returning archery to the Olympic program in the 1972 Summer Olympics.

To celebrate the organization's 80th anniversary in July 2011, a large majority of the FITA Congress voted to change the name from FITA to the World Archery Federation or WA.[2]

In March 2022, in the wake of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Federation announced that no athlete, team official, or technical official from Russia or Belarus will be permitted to participate in any international archery event, their flags and anthems are banned, and no archery events would be held in the two countries.[3]

In July 2023, on the question that whether or not to re-allow athletics with Russian and/or Belarusian passports to participant international archery competitions under neutral identities, World Archery asked both national archery federations to submit personal datas for investigations, as both federations denied to complete such requirements, WA said that it's unlikely to allow neutral athletes unless once procedure can be completely followed.[4]

In December 2023, World Archery launched its own OTT Service with an Subscription Video On Demand model and live streaming of main events.[5]



World Archery Federation
UseSport Small vexillological symbol or pictogram in black and white showing the different uses of the flag
Adopted1 April 2012
DesignWhite field with a WA logo

The WA flag has a white background, with the organization's logo in the middle.[6][7]

Member associations

Further information: Category:National members of the World Archery Federation

As of April 2019, 159 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.[8]


Main article: World Archery Rankings

World Archery publishes world rankings for each category of outdoor competitive archery (men / women; recurve / compound; individual / team / mixed team), updated following every official eligible event.[9]

Each archer earns a ranking score for each competition. The ranking scores are calculated through a combination of the ranking factor of the tournament (as determined by the quality of competition, the number of competitors, and how recently the competition took place) and points based on the competitor's final position in the competition. The archer's four highest ranking scores are then combined to form their 'Added Ranking Score', which forms the basis of the ranking list.[10]

Current rankings

Current number one ranked archers

Discipline Men Men's Team Women Women's Team Mixed Team
Recurve  Marcus D'Almeida (BRA) South Korea South Korea  Lim Si-hyeon (KOR) South Korea South Korea South Korea South Korea
Compound  Mike Schloesser (NED) Denmark Denmark  Ella Gibson (GBR) India India India India


Summary Championships

See also: World Archery Championships

The following table shows the venue of all World Championships on the current World Archery programme:

Denotes inaugural event
Year World Championships
Outdoor Indoor Youth Para Field University 3D
1931 Poland Lwów
1932 Poland Warsaw
1933 United Kingdom London
1934 Sweden Båstad
1935 Belgium Brussels
1936 Czechoslovakia Prague
1937 France Paris
1938 United Kingdom London
1939 Norway Oslo
1946 Sweden Stockholm
1947 Czechoslovakia Prague
1948 United Kingdom London
1949 France Paris
1950 Denmark Copenhagen
1952 Belgium Brussels
1953 Norway Oslo
1955 Finland Helsinki
1957 Czechoslovakia Prague
1958 Belgium Brussels
1959 Sweden Stockholm
1961 Norway Oslo
1963 Finland Helsinki
1965 Sweden Västerås
1967 Netherlands Amersfoort
1969 United States Valley Forge United States Valley Forge
1971 United Kingdom York United Kingdom Cardiff
1973 France Grenoble
1974 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb
1975 Switzerland Interlaken
1977 Australia Canberra
1979 West Germany Berlin
1981 Italy Punta Ala
1982 United Kingdom Kingsclere
1983 United States Los Angeles
1984 Finland Hyvinkää
1985 South Korea Seoul
1986 Austria Radstadt
1987 Australia Adelaide
1989 Switzerland Lausanne
1990 Norway Loen
1991 Poland Kraków Finland Oulu Norway Sandefjord
1992 Netherlands Margraten
1993 Turkey Antalya France Perpignan France Moliets-et-Maa
1994 Italy Roncegno France Vertus
1995 Indonesia Jakarta United Kingdom Birmingham
1996 United States Chula Vista Slovenia Kranjska Gora France Vaulx-en-Velin
1997 Canada Victoria Turkey Istanbul
1998 Sweden Sunne England Stoke Mandeville Austria Obergurgl Taoyuan
1999 France Riom Cuba Havana New Zealand Christchurch
2000 France Belfort Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo Spain Madrid
2001 China Beijing Italy Florence Czech Republic Nymburk
2002 Czech Republic Nymburk Australia Canberra Thailand Chonburi
2003 United States New York France Nîmes Spain Madrid France Sully-sur-Loire
2004 United Kingdom Lilleshall Croatia Plitvice Spain Madrid
2005 Spain Madrid Denmark Aalborg Italy Massa Carrara Italy Genoa
2006 Mexico Mérida Sweden Gothenburg Slovakia Viničné
2007 Germany Leipzig Turkey İzmir South Korea Cheongju Hungary Sopron
2008 Turkey Antalya United Kingdom Llwynypia Tainan
2009 South Korea Ulsan Poland Rzeszów United States Ogden Czech Republic Nymburk Italy Latina
2010 Hungary Visegrád China Shenzhen
2011 Italy Turin Poland Legnica Italy Turin Austria Donnersbach
2013 Turkey Belek China Wuxi Thailand Bangkok Italy Sassari
2015 Denmark Copenhagen United States Yankton Germany Donaueschingen Italy Terni
2017 Mexico Mexico City Argentina Rosario China Beijing Poland Wrocław
2019 Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Spain Madrid Netherlands 's-Hertogenbosch Canada Lac La Biche
2021 United States Yankton Poland Wrocław United States Yankton
2022 United Arab Emirates Dubai Italy Terni
2023 Germany Berlin Republic of Ireland Limerick Czech Republic Plzeň


Summer Olympics

Sharon Vennard and Yan Huilian at the 2012 Summer Paralympics
Some targets and a windsock at the 2012 Summer Paralympics

See also: Archery at the Summer Olympics

Archery was first competed at the Summer Olympic Games in 1900 and, after a long hiatus from 1924, became a regular event from 1972. Team events were added in 1988. Recurve archery is currently the only discipline competed at the Olympics.

Archery is also competed at the Summer Paralympics (recurve and compound disciplines), the Youth Olympic Games (recurve only), and the World Games (Field archery only).

World Championships

See also: World Archery Championships

FITA began holding Target World Championships in 1931. They were held every year until 1959, when the Championships became biennial events. 1959 was also the first year that FITA held the World Field Championship.

Presently, there are five principal formats of the World Archery Championships: Outdoor, Indoor, Youth, Para-Archery, and Field. Each is held every two years on different rotations. World Championships are also held every two years in 3D archery and University sport. In 2007, a ski archery World Championships was held in Moscow; this is yet to be repeated and is not included in the current rotation.[12]

Number Events First Last
1 World Outdoor Target Championships 1931 2019 (50th)
2 World Indoor Target Championships 1991 2018 (14th)
3 World Field Archery Championships 1969 2018 (26th)
4 World 3D Archery Championships 2003 2019 (9th)
5 World Ski Archery Championships 1999 2017 (10th)
6 World Para Archery Championships 1998 2019 (12th)
7 World Youth Archery Championships 1991 2019 (16th)
8 World University Archery Championships 1996 2016 (11th)

World Cup

See also: Archery World Cup

The Archery World Cup is an annual event that was inaugurated in 2006. It is designed to present archery in 'spectacular' locations.[13]

The format consists of 4 rounds competed across the world during a calendar year. The best individual and mixed team performers across these rounds are then invited to compete in the World Cup Final at the end of the year.[14]

An indoor World Cup, competed in 3 rounds with a final during the winter season, was inaugurated in the 2010–11 season.


Archery is an optional sport at the Universiade and the Commonwealth Games.

Current champions

The following archers are the current champions of the major World Archery Federation events:

Discipline Event Summer Olympics
2020 (postponed to 2021)
World Championships
World Cup Series Final
Recurve Men's Individual  Mete Gazoz (TUR)  Mete Gazoz (TUR)  Marcus D'Almeida (BRA)
Women's Individual  An San (KOR)  Marie Horáčková (CZE)  Kang Chae-young (KOR)
Men's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Kim Je-deok
Kim Woo-jin
Oh Jin-hyek
 South Korea (KOR)
Kim Je-deok
Kim Woo-jin
Lee Woo-seok
Women's Team  South Korea (KOR)
An San
Jang Min-hee
Kang Chae-young
 Germany (GER)
Katharina Bauer
Michelle Kroppen
Charline Schwarz
Mixed Team  South Korea (KOR)
An San
Kim Je-deok
 South Korea
Lim Si-hyeon
Kim Woo-jin
Compound Men's Individual  Ojas Pravin Deotale (IND)  Mathias Fullerton (DEN)
Women's Individual  Aditi Gopichand Swami (IND)  Sara López (COL)
Men's Team  Poland
Rafał Dobrowolski
Przemysław Konecki
Łukasz Przybylski
Women's Team  India
Parneet Kaur
Aditi Gopichand Swami
Jyothi Surekha Vennam
Mixed Team  United States
Alexis Ruiz
Sawyer Sullivan


Period Name Country
1931 Mieczysław Fularski  Poland
1931 – 1939 Bronisław Pierzchała  Poland
1946 – 1949 Paul Demare  France
1949 – 1957 Henry Kjellson  Sweden
1957 – 1961 Oscar Kessels  Belgium
1961 – 1977 Inger Kristine Frith  United Kingdom
1977 – 1989 Francesco Gnecchi-Ruscone  Italy
1989 – 2005 James L. Easton  United States
2005 – Uğur Erdener  Turkey

See also


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