World Curling
Formation1966 (as International Curling Federation)
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersPerth, Scotland, United Kingdom
73 member associations
Official language
Beau Welling

World Curling, formerly 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 to the WCF and then to World Curling in 2024.[2]

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. World Curling currently sanctions 15 international curling events (see below). World Curling is managed by eight Board Directors, one president, three vice-presidents (one from each World Curling 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 World Curling member associations. The Board of Directors are supported by and a permanent staff of 20 employees.

There are 73 member associations, with the most recent addition being Pakistan, Puerto Rico and the Philippines in 2023.[3]

In reaction to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, in March 2022 World Curling banned the Russian Curling Federation from competing.[4]


The World Curling mission statement reads: "To lead the worldwide curling community through the promotion and development of our sport, our culture and our values."[5]

The purpose and aims of World Curling are as follows:[6]

  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 World Curling

Member associations

Members of World Curling 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 World Curling:[3][7]

Year Name Country World Curling zone
2017 Afghanistan Curling Federation[8]  Afghanistan Pacific-Asia
1991 Andorra Curling Association  Andorra Europe
1986 Australian Curling Federation  Australia Pacific-Asia
1982 Österreichischer Curling Verband[9]  Austria Europe
1997 Belarusian Curling Association[10]  Belarus Europe
2005 Belgian Curling Association[11]  Belgium Europe
2020 Bolivian Curling Federation  Bolivia Americas
2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina Curling Association  Bosnia and Herzegovina Europe
1998 Brazilian Ice Sports Federation  Brazil Americas
2013 Bulgarian Curling Federation[12]  Bulgaria Europe
1966 Curling Canada  Canada Americas
2002 Chinese Curling Association  China Pacific-Asia
1998 Chinese Taipei Curling Federation[13]  Chinese Taipei Pacific-Asia
2004 Croatian Curling Association[14]  Croatia Europe
1990 Czech Curling Association[15]  Czechia Europe
1971 Danish Curling Association[16]  Denmark Europe
2019 Dominican Republic winter sports federation  Dominican Republic Americas
1971 English Curling Association  England Europe
2003 Estonian Curling Association[17]  Estonia Europe
1979 Finnish Curling Association[18]  Finland Europe
1966 French Ice Sports Federation  France Europe
2013 Georgian Curling Federation  Georgia Europe
1967 Deutscher Curling-Verband  Germany Europe
2003 Hellenic Curling Association  Greece Europe
2016 Guyana Curling Federation  Guyana Americas
2014 Hong Kong Curling Association  Hong Kong, China Pacific-Asia
1989 Hungarian Curling Federation[19]  Hungary Europe
1991 Icelandic Sport Federation  Iceland Europe
2019 Curling Federation of India  India Pacific-Asia
2003 Irish Curling Association[20]  Ireland Europe
2013 Israel Curling Federation  Israel Europe
1972 Italian Ice Sports Federation  Italy Europe
2022 Curling Jamaica  Jamaica Americas
1985 Japan Curling Association[21]  Japan Pacific-Asia
2003 Kazakhstan Curling Association  Kazakhstan Pacific-Asia
2021 Kenya Curling Federation  Kenya Pacific-Asia
1994 Korean Curling Association  Korea Pacific-Asia
2012 Kosovo Curling Federation  Kosovo Europe
2019 Kuwait Winter Games Club  Kuwait Pacific-Asia
2017 Curling Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic[22]  Kyrgyzstan Pacific-Asia
2001 Latvian Curling Association[23]  Latvia Europe
1991 Liechtenstein Curling Association  Liechtenstein Europe
2003 Lithuanian Curling Association[24]  Lithuania Europe
1976 Luxembourg Curling Association[25]  Luxembourg Europe
2016 Federacion Mexicana de Curling  Mexico Americas
2012 Mongolian Curling Federation  Mongolia Pacific-Asia
1975 Netherlands Curling Association[26]  Netherlands Europe
1991 New Zealand Curling Association[27]  New Zealand Pacific-Asia
2018 Nigeria Curling Federation[28]  Nigeria Pacific-Asia
1966 Norwegian Curling Association[29]  Norway Europe
2023 Pakistan Curling Federation  Pakistan Pacific-Asia
2023 Curling Winter Sports Association of the Philippines  Philippines Pacific-Asia
2022 Polish Curling Clubs Federation[a]  Poland Europe
2017 Winter Sports Federation of Portugal  Portugal Europe
2023 Puerto Rico  Puerto Rico Americas
2014 Qatar Curling Federation  Qatar Pacific-Asia
2010 Romanian Curling Federation[31]  Romania Europe
1992 Russian Curling Federation[32]  Russia Europe
2017 Kingdom Curling Association  Saudi Arabia Pacific-Asia
1966 Royal Caledonian Curling Club  Scotland Europe
2005 National Curling Association of Serbia[33]  Serbia Europe
2003 Slovak Curling Association[34]  Slovakia Europe
2010 Slovenian Curling Association[35]  Slovenia Europe
1999 Spanish Ice Sports Federation  Spain Europe
1966 Swedish Curling Association[36]  Sweden Europe
1966 Swiss Curling Association[37]   Switzerland Europe
2022 Thai Curling Association  Thailand Pacific-Asia
2009 Turkish Ice Skating Federation  Türkiye Europe
2020 Curling Federation of Turkmenistan  Turkmenistan Pacific-Asia
2013 Ukrainian Curling Federation[38]  Ukraine Europe
1966 United States Curling Association  United States of America Americas
1991 US Virgin Islands Curling Association  U.S. Virgin Islands Americas
1982 Welsh Curling Association[39]  Wales Europe

Former member associations

Years Name Country WCF zone
2008–2014[40] Armenia Curling Federation[b]  Armenia Europe
2003–2021[43] Polish Curling Association[a]  Poland Europe

Executive board

The current executive board as of September 2022 is as follows:[44]

Kate Caithness, former president of the World Curling Federation

President: Beau Welling (United States)
Vice Presidents:

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

Board of Directors:

Helena Lingham (Sweden)
Sergio Mitsuo Vilela (Brazil)
Robin Niven (Scotland)
Toyo Ogawa (Japan)

Athlete Commission Chair: Jill Officer (Canada)

Former presidents

Former presidents of the WCF and ICF are listed below:[45]

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
Philip Dawson Scotland 1985–1988
Dr. Donald F. Barcome United States 1988–1990
Presidents of the WCF
Günther Hummelt Austria 1990–2000
Roy Sinclair Scotland 2000–2006
Les Harrison Canada 2006–2010
Kate Caithness Scotland 2010–2022

Competitions and championships

World Curling manages many events around the world.[46]

Event Description
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) For twenty mixed doubles teams.
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 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
European Curling Championships (ECC) For men's and women's teams from the European zone.
Pan Continental Curling Championships (PCCC) For men's and women's teams from the Pan Continental Zone. (Starting in 2022-23 season)
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.
Americas Challenge For men's and women's teams from the defunct Americas zone, only if the second-ranked member association from the Americas zone is challenged. Replaced by Pan-Continental Curling Championship.
Pacific-Asia Curling Championships (PACC) For men's and women's teams from the defunct Pacific-Asia zone. Replaced by the Pan-Continental Curling Championship.
World Qualification Event (WQE) For eight men's and women's teams from member associations not already qualified for the World Curling Championships.

See also


  1. ^ a b The Polish Curling Association was suspended for not resolving disputes within Poland's ministry of sport and the Polish Curling Association governance structures.[30] It was replaced by the Polish Curling Clubs Federation in 2022.
  2. ^ The Armenia Curling Federation was suspended for failure to pay subscriptions,[41] and later expelled.[42]


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