|Abbreviation||WA (formerly FITA)|
|Formation||4 September 1931|
|Type||Federation of national associations|
|159 national and other associations|
|Affiliations||International 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Current number one ranked archers
|Discipline||Men||Men's Team||Women||Women's Team||Mixed Team|
|Recurve||Brady Ellison (USA)||Korea Republic||An San (KOR)||Mexico||Korea Republic|
|Compound||Mike Schloesser (NED)||United States||Sara López (COL)||Colombia||Denmark|
See also: World Archery Championships
The following table shows the venue of all World Championships on the current World Archery programme:
|Denotes inaugural event|
|1940||No Championships due to Second World War|
|1969||Valley Forge||Valley Forge|
|1996||Chula Vista||Kranjska Gora||Vaulx-en-Velin|
|2012||Las Vegas||Val d'Isère||Córdoba|
|2019||Den Bosch||Madrid||Den Bosch||Lac La Biche|
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).
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.
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.
An indoor World Cup, competed in 3 rounds with a final during the winter season, was inaugurated in the 2010–11 season.
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.
|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)|
Archery is an optional sport at the Universiade and the Commonwealth Games.
The following archers are the current champions of the major World Archery Federation events:
2020 (postponed to 2021)
|World Cup Series Final|
|Recurve||Men's Individual||Mete Gazoz (TUR)||Kim Woo-jin (KOR)||Jack Williams (USA)|
|Women's Individual||An San (KOR)||Jang Min-hee (KOR)||Lisa Unruh (GER)|
|Men's Team|| South Korea (KOR)
| South Korea (KOR)
|Women's Team|| South Korea (KOR)
| South Korea (KOR)|
|Mixed Team|| South Korea (KOR)
| South Korea|
|Compound||Men's Individual||Nico Wiener (AUT)||Mike Schloesser (NED)|
|Women's Individual||Sara López (COL)||Sara López (COL)|
|Men's Team|| United States
|Women's Team|| Colombia|
|Mixed Team|| Colombia|
|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|
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