Archers are requested to familiarize themselves with the set system to avoid any confusion at tournament time. This is an extract from the FITA frequently Asked Questions (March 2010). The set system comes into effect on 1 April 2010.

These are the principles of the Set System for the matches until the quarterfinals:

All matches leading into the quarterfinals consist of a maximum of 3 sets of 6 arrows per set.

The winner of each set, the athlete who gets the highest cumulative score with his six arrows, gets two (2) set points.

If the set is tied each athlete gets 1 set point.

The winner of the match is determined by the number of set points won, not the value of the arrows.

The match winner is the first to reach 4 set points.

The match will finish once the 4 set points is reached within the 3 sets.

If the match is tied, a one-arrow (only!) shoot-off will be used to break the tie. The archer whose arrow is closest to the centre (if needed it will be measured) will get 1 extra point and wins.

The athletes shoot simultaneously their arrows and have four (4) minutes to shoot 6 arrows.

So let’s see some examples of World Cup matches (for 1/32, 1/16 and 1/8):

Match Z: First set: Athlete A shoots: 10, 10, 9, 10, 7, 10 = 56 Athlete B shoots: 10, 9, 9, 9, 7, 9 = 53

Athlete A leads 2 set points to 0.

Second set: Athlete A shoots: 10, 10, 10, 10, 7, 10 = 57 Athlete B shoots: 10, 9, 8, 8, 7, 9 = 51

Athlete A leads 4-0 and wins! The match is over, because archer B cannot catch up with the score.

Match Y: First set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 9, 10, 7, 10 = 56 Athlete D shoots: 10, 9, 9, 9, 9, 10 = 56

Both athlete C and D earn 1 set point. The score is tied at 1-1

Second set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 10, 10, 7, 10 = 57 Athlete D shoots: 10, 9, 8, 8, 7, 9 = 51

Athlete C earns the two points. He leads 3-1.

Third set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 10 = 54 points Athlete D shoots: 10, 10, 10, 10, 7, 8 = 55 points

Athlete D earns the two points. He tied the match at 3-3. A one-arrow shoot-off is required to break the tie (and give 1 extra set point).

Shoot-off: Athlete C shoots : 10 Athlete D shoots : 10*

Let’s assume that the arrow of the athlete D is the closest to centre and wins!

On the match chart results, the score will be shown as:

Athlete A : 4 (56, 57) Athlete B : 0 (53, 51)

Athlete C : 3 (56, 57, 54; T10) Athlete D : 4 (56, 51, 55; T10*) *Closest to centre

For quarterfinals through medal matches, the principles are:

The match changes to a maximum 5 sets of 3 arrows per set.

The match winner this time is the first to achieve 6 points.

If the match is tied, a one-arrow shoot-off will be used to break the tie. In the tie-break, the archer whose arrow is closest to the centre (if needed it will be measured) will get 1 extra point and wins.

For quarterfinals and semifinals, the athletes shoot simultaneously their arrows and have 2 minutes to shoot 3 arrows.

For medal matches, the athletes will shoot alternately each arrow and will have 20 seconds per arrow. In alternate shooting, the athletes trailing in the score shoot first.

(To note, all the individual matches at the Olympic Games London 2012 will be played as medal matches during the World Cup).

So let’s see some other examples of matches (for 1/4, 1/2, bronze medal, gold medal)

Match X: First set: Athlete A shoots: 10, 10, 9 = 29 Athlete B shoots: 10, 9, 9 = 28

Athlete A leads 2 set points to 0.

Second set: Athlete A shoots: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Athlete B shoots: 10, 9, 8 = 27

Athlete A leads 4-0.

Third set: Athlete A shoots: 10, 9, 9 = 28 Athlete B shoots: 10, 9, 8 = 27

Athlete A leads 6-0 and wins! The match is over, because archer B cannot catch up with the score.

Match W: First set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 9 = 29 Athlete D shoots: 10, 9, 10 = 29

Both athlete C and D earn 1 set point. The score is tied at 1-1.

Second set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Athlete D shoots: 10, 5, 7 = 22

Athlete C earns the two points. He leads 3-1.

Third set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 8, = 28 Athlete D shoots: 10, 10, 10 = 30

Athlete D earns the two points. He ties the match at 3-3.

Fourth set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 9, 8, = 27 Athlete D shoots: 10, 10, 10 = 30

Athlete D takes the lead 5-3!

Fifth set: Athlete C shoots: 10, 10, 9, = 29 Athlete D shoots: 10, 10, 8 = 28

Athlete C earns the two points and ties the match at 5-5! One arrow shoot-off is required to break the tie (to earn the extra set point).

Shoot-off: Athlete C shoots: 10 Athlete D shoots: 9

Athlete C wins!

On the match chart results, the score will be shown as:

Athlete A : 6 (29, 30, 28) Athlete B : 0 (28, 27, 27)

Athlete C : 5 (29, 30, 28, 27, 29; T10) Athlete D : 6 (29, 22, 30, 30, 28; T9)

What about the (regular) Team and Mixed Team Round?

Team: In the regular team and mixed team round (that will be shot in Porec and Shanghai for instance), the matches go as follows:

Each team shoots a total of 4 ends of 6 arrows, with the three team members shooting 2 arrows each per end.

Each team will have 2 minutes to complete each end.

The total of all 24 arrows will be added to determine a total score (max score 240).

In medal matches, the teams alternate shooting. Each team member shoots 2 arrows per end, shooting only 1 arrow at a time. Teams alternate shooting after every 3 arrows.

In alternate shooting, the trailing team after every end will shoot first during the next end.

Mixed Team:

The competition has the same principles as for teams, however there are only two athletes competing – one woman and one man per country.

They shoot a total of 4 ends, with each team member shooting 2 arrows per end for a total of 16 arrows (max score 160).

Each team has 80 seconds to shoot.

Same principle also applies as for team for alternating and order of shooting.

To note, the mixed teams are ranked based on the results from the top ranked man and the top ranked woman from the same Member Association. However, the Member Association can chose the man and the woman (among the whole team) who will shoot the matches.

In case of ties:

Each archer from each team will shoot one arrow.

The total for that end (3 arrows for team and 2 arrows for mixed team) will be calculated and the winner is the team with the highest point score.

In the event of another tie, a second end will be shot.

In the event of a third tie, the team with the closest arrow to the centre will win the match.

Now we understood the Set System (above). What is the Compound Round?

Individual: The Compound Round for individual matches (i.e. for compound athletes in Antalya and Ogden in 2010) has:

4 sets of 3 arrows from the first round (1/32 for World Cup) until the medal matches.

6 sets of 3 arrows for the medal matches (and athletes will alternate shooting one arrow at a time).

Each arrow is shot at a Hit/Miss target placed at 50 metres. The hit zone is 10cm in diameter.

Each hit counts for one (arrow) point.

The winner of a set takes 2 set points. If the set is tied, each archer gets 1 set point.

If the match is tied at the end, there will be a shoot-off. One arrow will be shot for a decisive score (Hit or Miss). If the athletes are still tied (they both hit or they both miss), they will shoot a 2nd arrow and, if still tied, a 3rd arrow. If they are still tied after the 3rd arrow, the highest ranked athlete from the qualifications wins!

Until the semifinals, the athletes shoot simultaneously their arrows and have 2 minutes to shoot 3 arrows.

For medal matches, the athletes will shoot alternately each arrow and will have 20 seconds per arrow. In alternate shooting, the athletes trailing in the score shoot first.

So let’s see some other examples of matches leading into the medal matches (for World Cup 1/32 to 1/2)

Match V: First set: Athlete A shoots: 1 (hit), 1, 1 = 3 Athlete B shoots: 1, 0, 0 = 1

Athlete A leads 2 set points to 0.

Second set: Athlete A shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3 Athlete B shoots: 1, 0, 1 = 2

Athlete A leads 4-0.

Third set: Athlete A shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3 Athlete B shoots: 1, 0, 1 = 2

Athlete A leads 6-0 and wins! The match is over, because archer B cannot catch up with the score.

Match U: First set: Athlete C shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3 Athlete D shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3

Both athlete C and D earns 1 set point. The score is tied at 1-1

Second set: Athlete C shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3 Athlete D shoots: 1, 0, 1 = 2

Athlete C earns the two points. He leads 3-1.

Third set: Athlete C shoots: 1, 1, 0 = 2 Athlete D shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3

Athlete D earns the two points. He ties the match at 3-3.

Fourth set: Athlete C shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3 Athlete D shoots: 1, 1, 1 = 3

Each athlete earns 1 point and the match is tied at 4-4! There is no more set to play. A shoot-off is required.

First arrow of the shoot-off: Athlete C shoots: 1 Athlete D shoots: 1

Second arrow of the shoot-off: Athlete C shoots: 1 Athlete D shoots: 1

Third arrow of the shoot-off: Athlete C shoots: 1 Athlete D shoots: 1

Let’s assume that athlete D had a better score in qualification score than athlete C. athlete D wins!

On the match chart results, the score will be shown as: