Records Explained

We regularly receive queries from individuals to find out if their scores qualify for World or Regional records.

Although the IFAA By-Laws Article III section D.2 mentions what records are recognized, it is often not clearly understood why some record scores are recognized while others are not.


The principle behind recognizing a record is quite simple:

  1. The archer who shoots the record must be a member in good standing with an IFAA member association.

Guest” archers therefore cannot shoot IFAA records!

  1. The tournament must be IFAA sanctioned.

Tournaments where world records are recognised by the IFAA are the various World Championships and the official championships of the six recognised IFAA Regions.

Qualifying for World records are the following Rounds:

  1. The Field Round

  2. The Hunter Round

  3. The Marked Animal Round

  4. The single Standard Indoor Round (60 arrows)

  5. The triple Standard Indoor Round (180 arrows)

  6. The single Indoor Flint Round (56 arrows)

  7. The double Standard/single Flint Indoor Round combination (176 arrows)

  8. Normally the IFAA recognises the new records from the official tournament score results and archers do not have to apply for a record. However, archers who wish to obtain a record certificate must apply with the Office of the IFAA Secretary and after verification an electronic copy they will be sent to the archer.

  9. Only scores that are “broken” are recorded by the IFAA. In the event that more than one archer shoots the same record on the same tournament, all scores are recognised as records.

  10. Records that can no longer be broken, such as the full scores in the Animal Round (560) and the various Indoor Rounds, are recorded under the “Perfect Score” listing.

  11. All unmarked Rounds (Bowhunter Rounds) do not qualify for World Records; however, the highest scores are recorded as “World Best Scores”.

There are two reasons why the unmarked distance scores are not recognised as world records:

  1. The area of the “Kill” area is only defined by a vertical minimum/maximum size and can thus differ greatly, as much as 25-30% in area size (For example: The marked animal round has precisely defined kill areas for each group size)

  2. Animal sizes differ greatly and there is no ratio between animal size and kill area (For example: Some 3D targets have a group 1 kill on the one side and a group 2, or smaller, on the other side)

These differences do affect the archers who shoot with sights to some extent, however they greatly affect the archers who shoot the more “traditional” styles.


Recording of Regional records is the responsibility of the Regions and acceptance of Regional Records may differ from region to region. Archers must contact the administrator within their region.

The Regions have agreed in principle however to apply the following rules:

  1. The tournament must comply with the IFAA Rules and Regulations and be IFAA sanctioned to be called a “Regional Championship”.

  2. Only scores by archers who are members of the IFAA member associations within the region can qualify for Regional Records.

  3. Records of one region cannot be broken by archers from that region shooting in a tournament outside the region. (For example: South American records cannot be broken by a South American archer shooting an IFAA sanctioned tournament in Europe).

  4. Claiming a Regional Record from a score shot at a World Championship in another region to that which the archer is from must be decided upon by the Regional Council (For

    Example: A Latin American archer shooting an IFAA World sanctioned tournament in Europe achieves a score that exceeds an existing Latin America Record).

  5. Claiming a World Record from a score shot at a Regional Championship in the region which the archer is from is permitted. The archer must send front and back photos of their

    scorecard(s) to the IFAA Secretary for validation (For Example: A Latin American archer shooting an IFAA Regional sanctioned tournament in Latin America achieves a score that

    exceeds an existing World Record).


Records are not recognised when:

  1. When the tournament is not sanctioned by the IFAA, or when sanction is withdrawn by the IFAA.

  2. When tournament rules are not followed by the archer and/or the tournament organisers.

  3. When one or more target faces are incorrect or when one or more shooting distances are measured incorrectly by the organisers (Note: The archer is not allowed to reshoot the corrected face or distance to establish a record).

  4. When an archer is disqualified for whatever reason.

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