Co-op Canadian Open Format and Qualification

Format: The 2023 Co-op Canadian Open features 16 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams in a modified triple knockout format with eight teams — two A-qualifiers, three B-qualifiers and three C-qualifiers — advancing to the playoffs.

Qualification: For the 2023 edition, 14 men’s and 14 women’s teams based on both the WCF world rankings total ranking and YTD rankings as of Dec. 5, 2022, will be invited to participate.

• The top 7 teams based on the WCF world rankings total will receive an invitation.
• The top 7 teams based on the YTD ranking will also be invited.
• 1 spot is reserved for the winner of the Tour Challenge Tier 2 event.
• 1 spot is available for a sponsor’s exemption as the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling reserves the right to implement a sponsor’s exemption in both the men’s and women’s events in which one spot could be filled at their discretion.

This qualification breakdown will be applied in both the men’s and women’s events to complete the 16-team field of the Open. As there will be teams that will be ranked in the top 7 on both WCF world rankings and YTD rankings, GSOC will go down both lists evenly until we complete the field (beginning with WCF world rankings total and continuing to YTD).