Field Archery

Field archery is the format of modern archery that takes place on a multi-target course (often compared to a golf course) set out over all kinds of terrain including fields, woods and forests.

International field archery includes three bowstyles: recurve, compound and barebow. Field archery is included in the programme of the World Games for recurve and barebow athletes (along with compound target archery).

Field archery is not shot over flat land, but includes up and down and cross-slopes, unmarked distance targets and challenges of light, dark and shadow. These additional aspects require skills known as “fieldcraft”.

Athletes usually shoot at black and yellow coloured target faces set at distances of up to 60 metres. The targets have six concentric rings, four black and two gold. The inner gold ring scores six points, outer gold ring five points and black rings four to one point.

World Archery international field archery events include the World Archery Field Championships, incorporating youth divisions.

Competition Formats

Field archery has individual and team competitions at international events. World Archery also recognises several other competition field archery rounds not used at international events.

Individual Competition Format

Qualification: Athletes shoot two days of 24-target courses (set out similarly to golf) across changing terrain, through woods and around the mountainous landscape. One day consists of marked-distance targets, one day consists of unmarked-distance targets. Athletes shoot three arrows at each target.

Targets are set between five and 60 metres away. The targets measure between 20 and 80 centimetres in diameter and have six concentric scoring rings, separated into two colours. The inner colour, the gold, scores six or five points. The black scores four, three, two or one points.

Athletes are ranked according to their total score for the 48 targets.

Eliminations: The top two ranked archers after qualification are pre-seeded into the semifinals.

All other archers are separated into pools. The lowest two seeded archers in each pool shoot a match over six marked targets, with the loser eliminated and the winner shooting against the next-lowest-seeded archer – and so on – until only one athlete remains in each match. Pool winners compete to qualify for the semifinals.

Finals: Semifinalists shoot a standard finals set-up, with the two winners proceeding to shoot for gold and the losers entering the bronze medal match. Finals matches consist of four marked targets.

Read the official World Archery rulebook

Team Competition Format

Qualification: Teams comprise three athletes of the same gender, one of each bowstyle: compound, recurve and barebow. Teams are ranked using the combined total of the individual ranking round scores.

Eliminations: Competition begins at the quarterfinals. The eight top-seeded teams enter the brackets and shoot head-to-head matches of four marked targets. Each team shoots three arrows per target, one per archer per target, and matches are decided on cumulative score. The winning teams in each quarterfinal advances to the semifinals.

Finals: Semifinalists shoot a standard finals set-up, with the two winners proceeding to shoot for gold and the losers entering the bronze medal match. Finals matches consist of four marked targets.

Read the official World Archery rulebook

Other Competition Formats

Other formats of field archery competition are detailed in the World Archery rulebook. National events often consist of the two-day qualification portion of international competition.

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