World Archery Federation

World Archery Federation
Abbreviation WA (formerly FITA)
Formation 4 September 1931 (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 (today Lviv, Ukraine). Its seven founding member states were France, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Poland, the United States, Hungary, and Italy.[2] 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.[3]

Member associations

As of August 2013, 156 national federations and other associations are members of World Archery.[4]

  • 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
  • Sudan
  • 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.[5]

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.[6]

Current rankings

Current number one ranked archers

Discipline Men Men's Team Women Women's Team Mixed Team
Recurve  Kim Woo-jin (KOR) South Korea South Korea  Choi Mi-sun (KOR) South Korea South Korea South Korea South Korea
Compound  Stephan Hansen (DEN) United States United States  Sara López (COL) Russia Russia Colombia Colombia


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 Cup

The Archery World Cup is an annual event that was inaugurated in 2006. It is designed to present archery in 'spectacular' locations.[7]

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.[8]

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

World 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.[9]


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
World Championships
World Cup Final
Recurve Men's Individual  Oh Jin-hyek (KOR)  Kim Woo-jin (KOR)  Miguel Alvariño (ESP)
Women's Individual  Ki Bo-bae (KOR)  Ki Bo-bae (KOR)  Choi Mi-sun (KOR)
Men's Team  Italy (ITA)
Michele Frangilli
Marco Galiazzo
Mauro Nespoli
 South Korea
Oh Jin-hyek
Ku Bon-chan
Kim Woo-jin
Women's Team  South Korea (KOR)
Choi Hyeonju
Ki Bo-Bae
Lee Sung-Jin
Tuyana Dashidorzhieva
Ksenia Perova
Inna Stepanova
Mixed Team  South Korea
Ki Bo-Bae
Ku Bon-chan
South Korea South Korea
Choi Mi-sun
Kim Woo-jin
Compound Men's Individual  Stephan Hansen (DEN)  Demir Elmaagacli (TUR)
Women's Individual  Kim Yun-hee (KOR)  Sara López (COL)
Men's Team  Iran
Esmaeil Ebadi
Majid Gheidi
Amir Kazempour
Women's Team  Ukraine
Olena Borysenko
Viktoriya Dyakova
Mariya Shkolna
Mixed Team  South Korea
Kim Yun-hee
Kim Jong-ho
Denmark Denmark
Erika Anear
Stephan Hansen


  1. WA Constitution see 1.28.1. Other working languages are adopted for Congress
  2. "History of World Archery". World Archery Federation. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  3. Mieville, Didier. "Darrell Pace Named Athlete of Century; FITA Becomes World Archery Federation". World Archery Communications. FITA Communication. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  4. Archived 28 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Archived from the original on 31 August 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. Archived 8 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. Archived from the original on 24 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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