World Cup Final Qualification

ISSF World Cup Final

Frequency: every year
Structure: 1 World Cup Final for Rifle and Pistol events, 1 World Cup Final for Shotgun events
Last: ISSF World Cup Finals 2016
Next: ISSF World Cup Finals 2017
Shooting Events: 15 Olympic shooting events (5 Rifle, 5 Pistol, 5 Shotgun)


Medal Winners at the World Cup Finals

Find out all the World Cup Finals Medal Winners since the first edition, in 1988


The ISSF World Cup Finals

ISSF World Cup Finals are organized every year, as a conclusion of the ISSF World Cup Series.
Usually, two separate ISSF World Cup Finals for Rifle/Pistol events and Shotgun events are organized.

At the end of the ISSF World Cup Series, the best eight athletes in each event with the highest qualification values will qualify for the ISSF World Cup Final. Within one event, only a maximum of two athletes per nation will be permitted to compete in the ISSF World Cup Final.

Next to the best eight athletes, wild cards are granted to the Title Defenders, and, in the years of the Olympic Games and of the World Championships, to the three medallists in each event.


How to qualify?

The Qualification to the ISSF World Cup Final is possible by gaining points through the ISSF World Cup Series.

Each athlete, who is officially registered to compete in an ISSF World Cup by his national shooting federation - member of the ISSF - can qualify for the ISSF World Cup Final in one or more shooting events.


How to gain qualification points?

At each ISSF World Cup stage, two different categories of points are awarded to the athlete, the "A-points" and the "B-points"

"A-points" are gained at each ISSF World Cup stage, depending on the final ranking of the athlete. 15 points are granted for the first ranking position, 10 points for the second, 8 points for the third, 5 points for the fourth and so on down to 1 point for the eighth ranking position.

“B-points” are gained in relation to the score shot by the athlete. The closest to the qualification world record the athlete scores, the more points he/she gains.
Consequently, 15 points can be obtained by tying the qualification world record or setting a new qualification world record; for each point below the qualification world record, one less point will be granted.

“A-points” and “B-points” are added together at conclusion of each ISSF World Cup Stage to obtain the final "ISSF World Cup Final Qualification Value". A maximum of 30 points can be achieved for each "ISSF World Cup Final Qualification Value".

If an athlete has obtained several "ISSF World Cup Final Qualification Values" (for example by participating in two or more different ISSF World Cup stages), only the highest result will count. If his qualification values are the same (addition of points from categories "A" and "B"), the higher "B" value will count. If the B values are the same, the higher actual result shot in the qualification will count. If these scores are the same, the higher actual result shot in the finals will count. If these scores are the same, the higher Qualification rank will count.


Wild Cards

Apart from this qualification system, either in the year of Olympic Games or in the year of the ISSF World Championships the three medallists and title defenders of the last year in the rifle, pistol and shotgun events will have the right to compete in the ISSF World Cup Final without qualification. In the years between only the Olympic champions or world champions and the title defenders of the last year will be invited to the ISSF World Cup Final. The rule of only a maximum of two starts per nation in one event will not apply to these athletes. If one of these athletes has already qualified through an ISSF World Cup stage, the qualification will go to the next placed athlete.

At least two athletes may represent the organizing ISSF member federation. If no athlete from that federation qualifies in any event or if only one athlete qualifies, the organizing ISSF member federation may be awarded one or two wild cards so that the federation will have two athletes in the ISSF World Cup Final. If wild cards are awarded, they should be awarded so that one male and one female athlete participate, although in exceptional cases, the wild cards may be awarded so that the organizing ISSF member federation is represented by two men or two women. To receive the wild cards, the organizing ISSF member federation must apply to the ISSF Headquarters by nominating the athletes who are to receive the wild cards. The application must provide the athletes’ names, ID numbers and the event in which each athlete will participate.