World Archery Federation

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World Archery Federation
World Archery Federation logo.jpg
Abbreviation WA (formerly FITA)
Formation 4 September 1931; 83 years ago (1931-09-04)
Type Federation of national associations
Headquarters Lausanne, Switzerland
Region served
156 national and other associations
Official language
English [1]
Uğur Erdener
First Vice-president
Mario Scarzella
Affiliations International Olympic Committee

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. 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.[2]

Member associations[edit]

As of August 2013, 156 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.[3]

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Belarus
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Costa Rica
  • Cote d'Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • DR Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Great Britain
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • North Korea
  • South Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macau
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norfolk Island
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Tahiti
  • Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands


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.[4]

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.[5]

Current rankings[edit]

Current number one ranked archers

  • Updated 27 November 2014
Discipline Men Men's Team Women Women's Team Mixed Team
Recurve  Lee Seung-Yun (KOR) South Korea South Korea  Xu Jing (CHN) China China South Korea South Korea
Compound  Pierre Julien Deloche (FRA) United States United States  Sara López (COL) United States United States United States United States


Summer Olympics[edit]

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 Cup[edit]

The Archery World Cup is an annual event that was inaugurated in 2006. It is designed to present archery in 'spectacular' locations.[6]

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.[7]

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

World Championships[edit]

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.[8]


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

Current champions[edit]

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

Discipline Event Summer Olympics
World Championships
World Cup Final
Recurve Men's Individual  Oh Jin-hyek (KOR)  Lee Seung-yun (KOR)  Brady Ellison (USA)
Women's Individual  Ki Bo-Bae (KOR)  Maja Jager (DEN)  Aída Román (MEX)
Men's Team  Italy (ITA)
Michele Frangilli
Marco Galiazzo
Mauro Nespoli
 United States
Brady Ellison
Joe Fanchin
Jake Kaminski
Women's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Choi Hyeonju
Ki Bo-Bae
Lee Sung-Jin
 South Korea
Chang Hye-Jin
Ki Bo-Bae
Yun Ok-Hee
Mixed Team  South Korea
Ki Bo-Bae
Oh Jin-Hyek
Mexico Mexico
Aída Román
Eduardo Vélez
Compound Men's Individual  Mike Schloesser (NED)  Bridger Deaton (USA)
Women's Individual  Kristina Heigenhauser (GER)  Sara López (COL)
Men's Team  Denmark
Martin Damsbo
Stephan Hansen
Patrick Laursen
Women's Team  Colombia
Aura Maria Bravo
Sara López
Alejandra Usquiano
Mixed Team  Italy
Marcella Tonioli
Sergio Pagni
United States United States
Erika Jones
Bridger Deaton


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