The Future Shape Of The World Cup

FasterSkierMay 11, 2005

Source: — Translated by Torbjorn Karlsen

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has decided how the World Cup will look like in the future. Here it is:

There will be held 8 World Cup sprint races and 12-13 distance races is seasons with major championships (Worlds and Olympics). Half as many sprint races as distance races will count in the overall World Cup.

There will be 8 sprint races and 16 distance races in seasons without World Championships or Olympics. Half as many sprint races as distance races will count in the overall World Cup. This means that all races will count in seasons without championships.

This is how FIS is envisioning the frame for future World Cup seasons:
– 12-13 race organizers
– Six 10/15-kilometer races
– Four pursuits
– Two 15/30-kilometer mass-starts races
– One 20/50-kilometer /two in seasons without championships
– Three relays (two before championships)
– Eight sprint races
– Three two-person sprint relays (two before championships — one of these will be in the same technique as in the upcoming championship)
– A total of 27 races (plus championship races)
– 50/50 split between freestyle and classic (in principle)

The number of participants will be reduced to six per nation. Some rules might open the door for more skiers based upon performance. The overall World Cup winner and the distance cup winner gets a “free” spot in all World Cup races the following year. If one nation has more than six athletes in the red group (top 30 overall), a maximum of eight will be allowed to start in the next World Cup race. New this year will be that the leader of the Continental cup or Scandinavian cup after a defined World Cup period, has the right to start in the world Cup in the following World Cup period.
The top three in the Scandinavian cup will be allowed to race the March World Cups. The nation cup quotas will be a maximum of 10 skiers.


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