The ISSF world ranking allows a direct comparison of events and an objective identification of the world's best shooters.
The ISSF world ranking system
The ISSF world ranking system is based on two key factors of the shooting performance. It includes beside the placing (rank) of the shooter also the result achieved by the shooters in the 15 Olympic shooting events at ISSF supervised championships and competitions.
The ISSF world rankings produce event rankings only. The event rankings evaluate the shooters competing in a single event and determine the world's best shooter in a specific event.
The basics of the system
The rankings are determined by the performance score of the shooters. The higher the score, the higher the shooter is ranked. After each competition, the shooters obtain points for their performances. These performance points are awarded for the rank (category A) achieved and the result (category B) achieved by the shooter. The performance score is achieved by combining the points of category A and the points of category B.
(points of category A + points of category B)
Points achieved in category A:
The points for the ranking depend on the final rank a shooter achieves in a certain competition. Points can only be achieved in a final competition for rank 1 to 20. The number of points available for each competition varies according to the level and significance of the competition. The competitions are categorized, and the points achieved vary in each category as follows:
Table for points of ranking in category A
(K) the factor of the level of competition
Table for the level of competition
(K) the factor of the level of competition and (T), factor for the valid period in years
example for points in category A
OLYMPIC GAMES 1st place: 100 x 36 = 3600 points.
WORLD CUP FINAL 1st place: 100 x 12 = 1200 points.
Points achieved in category B:
The points for the result achieved are calculated for a particular score depending on its relation to the current, valid world record score in the qualification round – not including the score of the final round. Consequently, a maximum of 100 points can be obtained in category B by tying the world record or setting a new world record in the qualification round.
To compare the scores of each event that fall between the maximum limit of the world record score (WR) and the minimum limit of the minimum qualification score (MQS), an ISSF world ranking and scoring table was developed.
This scoring table is based on the scores of the previous four years, in which the world record is the maximum score and the MQS the minimum. Between them, the average scores of all the 8th ranks and all the 20th ranks at all ISSF supervised championships are calculated.
ISSF world ranking and scoring table for MEN
ISSF world ranking and scoring table for WOMEN
Calculation for points of category B
according to the different GROUPS A - B - C
GROUP A - MQS to rank 20:
A maximum value for the result of the group A is calculated as follows:
According to this, the result between the MQS and the average score of rank 20 will be calculated for each concrete score as follows:
Group A - Example:
In the 50 m Rifle 3 Positions Men, a score of 1150 is used in the following equation:
GROUP B - rank 20 to rank 8:
The maximum value for the group B:
According to this, the result between the average score of rank 20 and the average score of rank 8 will be calculated for each concrete score as follows:
Group B - Example:
In the 50 m Rifle 3 Positions Men, a score of 1164 is used in the following equation:
GROUP C - rank 8 to world record
The equation for the group C:
The result here is obtained by using the average score of rank 8 and the world record score in the following equation:
Result of the World Record – Average Result of rank 8
Group C - Example:
In the 50 m Rifle 3 Positions Men, a score of 1178 is used in the following equation:
ISSF world rankings process
The points from both A and B categories are then added together and show the performance score for the ISSF world rankings of each shooter achieved in a specific championship. This value changes with time and moves closer to zero with each passing day at a given rate depending on the valid period of a championship.
For example, the Olympic Games are integrated into the world ranking list for a period of two years, while other championships are only integrated for two or one year, as mentioned in the Table of the level of competition under (T).
Once a shooter has a performance score, the system produces the ISSF world ranking in a specific event, the Event rankings:
Event rankings are produced in the four different shooting disciplines in each of the 15 individual Olympic shooting events. World ranking points in each event count separately for the event rankings. Shooters can be ranked in all the different events, in which they have achieved world ranking points.