List of world sports championships

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The following is a list of world championships, sporting events which use one of these two names, or one with a similar meaning. In some sports, there is a world series, but that term usually has a somewhat different meaning.

Tournaments which are formally defunct or where a further event is not currently planned are marked with a gray background.

Male[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details & notes
Alpine skiing FIS Alpine World Skiing Championships Individuals 1931 Winners in 5 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 15 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
American football IFAF World Championship Nations 1999  United States (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 30 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
FINA Diving World Cup Individuals 1979 Most medals: China China 2016 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Winners in 20 events (2012) 2016 Biennial
FINA Water Polo World Cup Nations 1979  Serbia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2002
FINA Water Polo World Championship Nations 1973  United States (2013) 2015 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Lee Seung-Yun (2013) 2015 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 Netherlands Mike Schloesser (2013) 2015 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 United States United States (2013) 2015 Biennial
Team compound 1995 Denmark Denmark (2013) 2015 Biennial
Artistic gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Individuals 1903 Winners in 7 events (2013) 2015 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Association football FIFA World Cup Nations 1930  Germany (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
FIFA Confederations Cup Nations 1992  Brazil (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
FIFA Club World Cup Clubs 2000 Germany Bayern Munich (2013) 2014 Annual
VIVA World Cup Nations 2006  Iraqi Kurdistan (2012) 2014 Two years since 2010
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2013) 2015 Biennial 1983–1991 held quadrennially, biennially starting 1993
IAAF World Cup in Athletics Nations and
continents
1977 Europe
(both 2010)
2014 Quadrennial Originally biennially
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985 Winners in 13 events (2014) 2016 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals and teams 1973 Winners in 4 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals and teams 1992 Winners in 2 events (2012) 2014 Annual
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals and teams 1987 Cancelled for 2013 event 2014 Annual
IAU 24 hour World Championships Individuals and teams 2001 United States Michael Morton (2012) 2013 Annual
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Winners in 118 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
Australian rules football Australian Football International Cup Team 2002  Ireland (2011) 2014 Triennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Individuals[D] 1977 Winners in 5 events (2011) Winners in 2 events (2013) Annual Annually since 2006; Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Thomas Cup Nations 1949  Japan (2014) 2016 Biennial Since 1984, it has been held concurrently with the women's Uber Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 1957  Russia (2014) 2015 Annual The second Bandy WCs were held in 1961; from that point, the championships were held biennially until 2003; and annually since.
Bandy World Cup Clubs 1974 Sweden Västerås (2014) 2015 Annual
Baseball Baseball World Cup Nations 1938  Netherlands (2011) Defunct Biennial .
World Baseball Classic Nations 2006  Dominican Republic (2013) 2017 Quadrennial Started in 1938 (as IBAF Baseball World Cup); Restarted in 2006; the first two of these modern WBCs (MLB approved and sanctioned by IBAF) were separated by three years (2006, 2009); moved to quadrennially in 2013 and after.
Basketball FIBA Basketball World Cup Nations 1950  United States (2014) 2019 Quadrennial After the 2014 edition, the FIBA Basketball World Cup (but not the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup) will be reset on a new quadrennial cycle. The 2014 (men's) World Cup will be followed by the 2019 World Cup, avoiding conflict with the FIFA World Cup.
FIBA 3x3 World Championships Nations 2012 Qatar Qatar (2014) 2016 Biennial
FIBA Intercontinental Cup Clubs 1966 Greece Olympiacos (2013) 2014 Annual
Beach soccer FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Nations 1995  Russia (2013) 2015 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Netherlands BrouwerMeeuwsen (2013) 2015 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Individuals, nations 1958 Winners in 5 events (2013) 2015 Annual
Billiards (Pool) WPA World Nine-ball Championship Individuals 1990 Germany Thorsten Hohmann (2013) 2015 Annual
WPA World Eight-ball Championship Individuals 2004 Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin (2012) 2013 Annual
World three-cushion billiards championship Individuals 1928 Belgium Eddy Merckx (2012) 2013 Annual
World Billiards Championship (English billiards) Individuals 1825 England Mike Russell (2011) 2012 Annual
IBSF World Billiards Championship Individuals 1926 England Mike Russell (2011) 2012 Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Four man 1930 Germany Maximilian Arndt
Marko Huebenbecker
Alexander Rödiger
Martin Putze (2013)
2015 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Two man 1931 Germany Francesco Friedrich
Jannis Bäcker (2013)
Boxing see List of undisputed boxing champions and List of heavyweight boxing champions Individuals 1882 Winners in several weight classes At challenge N/A Contest occurs at challenge
World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 10 weight classes (2013) 2015 Biennial
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 18 events (2014) 2015 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Individuals and teams 1949 Winners in 6 categories (2014) 2015 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Nations 1975  India (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Indoor Cricket World Cup Nations 1995  Australia (2014) 2016 Two years
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Nations 1988  South Africa (2014) 2016 Biennial
ICC Champions Trophy Nations 1998  India (2013) 2017 Biennial
ICC World Twenty20 Nations 2007  Sri Lanka (2014) 2016 Biennial The World Twenty20 for both sexes changed from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, effective 2010.
Champions League Twenty20 Clubs 2009 India Chennai Super Kings (2014) 2015 Annual
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals 1925 Winners in 6 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 19 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1959  Norway (2014) 2015 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1927 Poland Michał Kwiatkowski (2014) 2015 Annual
Time trial 1994 United Kingdom Bradley Wiggins (2014)
Team time trial 1962 United States BMC Racing Team (2014)[2] The men's team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships was first held from 1962 to 1994. From 1962 to 1971, the TTT was held annually. After that time, it was held annually except in Olympic years. After the 1994 Worlds, the TTT was removed from the program, and not reinstated until 2012. Note: Since the revival of the World Championships team time trial for men in 2012, and the introduction of the corresponding women's event in the same year, both of these events are now contested by trade teams.
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 1950 Czech Republic Zdeněk Štybar (2014) 2015 Annual
UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships Individuals 1990 Winners in 5 events (2014) 2015 Annual
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1893 Winners in 10 events (2014) 2015 Annual
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 1978 England Stephen Bunting (2014) 2015 Annual
PDC World Darts Championship Individuals 1994 Netherlands Michael van Gerwen (2014) 2015 Annual
Equestrian see the mixed section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Individual and Team 1923 Winners in 6 events (2014) 2015 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years.
Field hockey Hockey World Cup Nations 1971  Australia (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Germany (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1896 Japan Yuzuru Hanyu (2014) 2015 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1968  Germany (2011) 2015 Four years
Floorball World Floorball Championships Nations 1996  Sweden (2014) 2016 Biennial
Futsal FIFA Futsal World Cup Nations 1989  Brazil (2012) 2016 Quadrennial
AMF Futsal World Cup Nations 1982  Colombia (2011) 2015 quadrennial Originally a triennial event, held quadrennially after 2003
Intercontinental Futsal Cup Clubs 1996 Russia MFK Dinamo Moskva (2013) 2014 Annual
Gliding see the mixed section below
Golf Mission Hills World Cup Nations 1953  United States (2011) 2013 Two years after 2009
Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals 1975 14 winners (one for each apparatus) 2015 Every year
Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals and teams  ??? 8 winners 2015 Every year
Trampolining World Cup Individuals  ???  ??? winners 2015 Every year
Handball (Field handball) World Men's Handball Championship Nations 1938  Spain (2013) 2015 Two years
IHF Super Globe Clubs 1997 Spain Atlético Madrid (2012) 2013 Annual
Ice hockey Ice Hockey World Championships Nations 1920  Russia (2014) 2015 Annual
Inline skating IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Nations 1996  United States (2012) 2011 Annual
World Inline speed skating Championships Nations 1937  Colombia (2010) 2010 Annual
International rules football International Rules Series Nations 1984  Ireland (2011) 2014 Triennial Two series are played every three years
Lacrosse World Lacrosse Championship Nations 1967  Canada (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
World Indoor Lacrosse Championship Nations 2003  Canada (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Men's singles 1955 Germany Felix Loch (2013) 2015 Annual
Men's doubles 1955 Germany Tobias Wendl
Tobias Arlt (2013)
2015 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Men's singles 1979 Austria Gerald Kammerlander (2011) Biennial
Men's doubles 1979 Italy Damiano Lugon
Andrea Millet (2011)
Biennial
Motorcycling see the mixed section below[4]
Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10 km individual normal hill 1925 Germany Eric Frenzel (2013) 2015 Biennial
10 km individual large hill 1999 France Jason Lamy Chappuis (2013) 2015 Biennial
10 km mass start 2009 United States Todd Lodwick (2009) Only held in 2009 N/A Suspended
National Team Normal Hill 4 x 5 km 2011  France (2013) 2015 Biennial
National Team Large Hill 4 x 5 km 1982  France (2013) 2015 Biennial
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Individuals 1983–84 France Jason Lamy-Chappuis (2010–11) 2011–12 One year
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Finland Mårten Boström (2013) 2014 Annual
Short distance 1991 Finland Pasi Ikonen (2001) defunct Biennial
Middle distance 2003 Russia Leonid Novikov (2013) 2014 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 France Thierry Gueorgiou (2013) 2014 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Relay 1966  Russia (2013) 2014
Paddle Tennis Paddle Tennis World Championship Nations 1992  Spain (2010) 2012 Biennial
Pea shooting World Pea Shooting Championships Individuals 1971 United Kingdom Jim Collins (2009) 2010 Annual
Pitch and putt Pitch and Putt World Cup Nations 2004  Ireland (2012) 2016 Quadrennial
World Strokeplay Championship Individuals 2009 Republic of Ireland John Walsh (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
Polo World Polo Championship Nations 1987  Argentina (2011) 2014 Triennial
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 Winners in 3 events (2012) 2014 Biennial
Roller derby Men's Roller Derby World Cup Nations 2014 United States United States 2014 not stated
Roller hockey Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1936  Spain (2013) 2015 Biennial Current FIRS cups restarted in 1958
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1962 Winners in 5 events (2012) 2013 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 14 events (2012) 2013 Annual
Rugby league Rugby League World Cup Nations 1954  Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial after 2013
World Club Challenge Clubs 1976 Australia Sydney Roosters (2014) 2014 Annual after 2000
Rugby union Rugby World Cup Nations 1987  New Zealand (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Rugby union sevens Rugby World Cup Sevens Nations 1993  New Zealand (2013) 2018 Quadrennial In June 2013, World Rugby (then known as the International Rugby Board) announced that it had reconsidered a previous decision to scrap the Rugby World Cup Sevens. After 2013, the next event will be in 2018, and will be held quadrennially afterwards.[5]
Sculling World Sculling Championship Individuals 1831 Evans Fischer (1957) 2008 Annual Annually until 1957; revived in 2008
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1897 Winners in 18 events (2010) 2014 Quadrennial
ISSF World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1934 Winners in 12 events (2009) 2011 Biennial
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 1930 Russia Alexander Tretiakov (2013) 2015 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 1962 Norway Anders Bardal (2013) 2015 Biennial
Individuals large hill 1925 Poland Kamil Stoch (2013) 2015 Biennial
National Team normal hill 2001  Austria (2011) 2013 Biennial Not held in 2007 or 2009
National Team large hill 1962  Austria (2013) 2015 Biennial
FIS Ski-Flying World Championships Individuals 1972 Switzerland Simon Ammann (2010) 2012 Biennial
National Team 2004  Austria (2010) 2012 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002  Italy (2011) 2013 Biennial Relays held since 2004; Long Distance since 2008.
Snooker World Snooker Championship Individuals 1927 England Mark Selby (2014) 2015 Annual
IBSF World Snooker Championship Individuals 1963 Iran Hossein Vafaei (2011) 2012 Annual
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Big air 2003 Finland Roope Tonteri (2013) 2015 Biennial
Slopestyle 2011 Finland Roope Tonteri (2013)
Halfpipe 1996 Switzerland Iouri Podladtchikov (2013)
Snowboard cross 1997 Australia Alex Pullin (2013)
Parallel slalom 1996 Slovenia Rok Marguc (2013)
Parallel giant slalom 1999 Austria Benjamin Karl (2013)
Speed skating World Allround Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1889 Netherlands Sven Kramer (2013) 2014 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 Netherlands Michel Mulder (2013) 2014 Annual
World Single Distance Championships Individuals and Nations 1995 Winners in 6 events (2013) 2014 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Individuals[R] 1976 South Korea Sin Da-Woon (Overall)
Winners in 5 events (2013)
2014 Annual Although the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991  South Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championship Individuals 2010 Finland Arttu Pihlainen 2012 Annual
Squash World Championship Individuals 1976 Egypt Ramy Ashour (2012) 2013 Annual
World International Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 Australia Stewart Boswell & Anthony Ricketts (2006) 2014
World Team Squash Championships Nations 1967  England (2013) 2015 Biennial
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Individuals[D] 1926 Winners in 3 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1926  China (2014) 2016 Biennial
Ten-Pin Bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1954 Winners in 6 events (2010) 2014 Quadrennial Biennially until 2010
Tennis Davis Cup Nations 1900  Switzerland (2014) 2015 Annual Note: The Davis Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. Only the teams in the World Group actually compete for the Davis Cup proper; other teams play to (eventually) reach the World Group.
ITF World Champion Individuals 1978 Serbia Novak Djokovic (2014) 2015 Annual
ITF World Champions Doubles teams 1996 United States Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan (2014) 2015 Annual
World Team Cup Nations 1978  Serbia (2012) Defunct Annual
Triathlon ITU Triathlon World Championships Individuals 1989 United Kingdom Jonathan Brownlee (2012) 2013 Annual
Volleyball Volleyball World Championship Nations 1949  Poland (2014) 2014 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World League Nations 1990  Russia (2013) 2014 Annual
FIVB Club World Men's Championship Clubs 1989 Brazil Sada Cruzeiro (2013) 2014 Annual
Volleyball World Cup Nations 1965  Russia (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals and Nations 1904 Winners in 16 events (2014) 2015 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Wrestling World Cup Nations 1973  Iran (Freestyle (men))
 Iran (Greco-Roman))
2015 Annual

Female[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing
entities
First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details & notes
Alpine skiing FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Individuals 1931 Winners in 5 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 15 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 Chile Denisse van Lamoen (2011) 2013 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 Russia Albina Loginova (2011) 2013 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 Italy Italy (2011) 2013 Biennial
Team compound 1995 United States United States (2011) 2013 Biennial
Association football FIFA Women's World Cup Nations 1991  Japan (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 20 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Winners in 20 events (2010) 2012 Biennial
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2011) 2013 Biennial 1983–1991 quadrennially, biennially from 1993
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985 Winners in 13 events (2014) 2016 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals and teams 1973 Winners in 4 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals and teams 1992 Winners in 2 events (2012) 2013 Annual
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals and teams 1987 United States Amy Sproston (2012) 2013 Annual
IAU 24 hour World Championships Individuals and teams 2001 Czech Republic Michaela Dimitriadu (2012) 2013 Annual
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Winners in 76 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
Auto racing see the mixed section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Individuals[D] 1977 Winners in 2 events (2013) 2014 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
Uber Cup Nations 1957  China (2014) 2016 Biennial Biennially since 1984 it has been held concurrently with the men's Thomas Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 2004  Russia (2014) 2016 Biennial Annually from 2006 to 2008, then biennially
Bandy World Cup Women Clubs 2003 Sweden Kareby IS (2014) 2015 Annual
Baseball Women's Baseball World Cup Nations 2004  Japan (2012) 2014 Biennial
Basketball FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup Nations 1953  United States (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
FIBA 3x3 World Championships Nations 2012 United States United States (2012) 2014 Biennial
Beach soccer FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Nations 1995
2005
 Russia (2011) 2013 Biennial 1995–2005 as Beach Soccer World Championships; then under FIFA; originally annually, now biennially
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 China Xue ChenZhang Xi (2013) 2015 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Individuals, nations 1984 Winners in 5 events (2013) 2015 Annual
Billiards (Pool) World Cup of Pool Nations 2006  Finland (2012) 2013 One year
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Two woman 2000 Canada Kaillie Humphries
Chelsea Valois (2013)
2015 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 13 weight classes (2006)
Boxing World Cup Nations 2005 (Winners in 11 weight classes) (2012) 2014 Two years
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 11 events (2014) 2015 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Individuals and teams 1949 Winners in 4 events (2014) 2015 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
Cricket Women's Cricket World Cup (one-day international) Nations 1973  Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
ICC World Twenty20 (Twenty20 format) Nations 2009  Australia (2014) 2016 Biennial Biennially from 2010
Cross-country skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals 1954 Winners in 8 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 ??? (2011) 2013 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1979   Switzerland (2014) 2015 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1958 France Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (2014) 2015 Annual The UCI Road World Championships were first contested in 1927, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
Time trial 1994 Germany Lisa Brennauer (2014)
Team time trial 2012 United States Team Specialized–lululemon (2014)[2]
UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships Individuals 1990 Winners in 4 events (2014) 2015 Annual
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 2000 Netherlands Marianne Vos (2014) 2015 Annual The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships were first contested in 1950, but a women's championship was not added until 2000.
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1958 Winners in 9 events (2014) 2015 Annual The UCI Track Cycling World Championships were first contested in 1893, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 2001 England Lisa Ashton (2014) 2015 Annual The BDO World Darts Championship was first contested in 1978, but a women's championship was not added until 2001.
Equestrian see the mixed section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Individual and Team 1923 Winners in 6 events (2014) 2015 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic events in Summer Olympic years
Field hockey Women's Hockey World Cup Nations 1974  Netherlands (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1906 Japan Mao Asada (2014) 2015 Annual
Futsal AMF Futsal Women's World Cup Nations 2008 Catalonia Catalonia (2008) 2014  ???
Gliding Women's World Gliding Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 3 classes (2007) 2009 Biennial The duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
Gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Individuals and nations 1903 Winners in 6 events (2011) 2013 Annual Not held in years with a Summer Olympics
World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships Individuals and nations 1963 Winners in 9 events (2011) 2013 Biennial Changed from 2005
Handball World Women's Handball Championship Nations 1957  Brazil (2013) 2015 Biennial
Ice hockey IIHF World Women's Championships Nations 1990  United States (2013) 2015 Annually Originally, the IIHF Women's World Championship was scheduled every two years. No championship was held in 1996. The following year, a new cycle began, in which championships were held annually except in Winter Olympic years. This cycle will continue to be used in the top level of competition, but a new cycle of championships in the two lower levels will begin in 2014, with annual championships even in Olympic years. While the IIHF will conduct championships for two lower levels of competition in 2014, it will not conduct the top-level championship until 2015, due to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Indoor hockey Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Germany (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Inline speed skating World Inline speed skating Championships Nations 1986  Colombia (2013) 2014 Annual
Lacrosse Women's Lacrosse World Cup Nations 1982  United States (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Individual 1955 Germany Natalie Geisenberger (2013) 2015 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Individual 1979 Italy Renate Gietl (2011) Biennial
Motorcycling see the mixed section below[4]
Motorcross World Motocross Championship for Women Individuals 2008 Germany Stephanie Laier (2011) 2012 Annual
Netball World Netball Championships Nations 1963  Australia (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Individuals[R] 1966 Winners in 4 events (2008) 2009 Annual Biennially up to 2003, then annually
IOF Individual and nations 1986   Switzerland (2012) 2013 Annual Unofficial title cups held in 1983 and 1984 (first official cup in 1986); held biennially until 2004, now annually
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 Winners in 2 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
Ringette World Ringette Championships Nations 1990  Finland (2013) 2016 Triennial Biennially 1990-2004
Ringette Ringette World Club Championship Clubs 2008 Finland LL-89 (2011) 2014 Triennial
Roller derby Roller Derby World Cup Nations 2011  United States 2014 2016 Triennial
Roller hockey Women's Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1992 France France (2012) 2014 Biennial
Rugby league Women's Rugby League World Cup Nations 2000 New Zealand New Zealand (2008) 2013 Quadrennial Quadrennially after 2013
Rugby union Women's Rugby World Cup Nations 1991  England (2014) 2017 Quadrennial After the first event in 1991, a consistent four-year cycle was established in 1994. After the 2014 event, a new four-year cycle was established, with the next Women's World Cup to be held in 2017.
Rugby union sevens (women) Rugby World Cup Sevens Nations 2009  New Zealand (2013) 2018 Quadrennial The Rugby World Cup Sevens was first contested in 1993, but a women's tournament was not added until 2009[5]
Sailing ISAF Class World Championships Individuals Boats 1907 Onward Ongoing Varies A number of classes host women on World titles
ISAF Women's Match World Championship Individuals Boats 1999 Ongoing Annual
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1958 Winners in 23 events (2010) 2014 Quadrennial
World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1967 Winners in 4 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 2000 United Kingdom Shelley Rudman (2013) 2015 Annual Not held in years with Winter Olympics.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 2009 Austria Daniela Iraschko (2011) 2013 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002 Winners in 6 events (2011) 2013 Biennial Relays added (2004); Long Distance added (2008)
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Individuals halfpipe 1996 United States Arielle Gold (2013) 2015 Biennial
Individuals slopestyle 2011 Canada Spencer O'Brien (2013)
Individuals snowboard cross 1997 Canada Maelle Ricker (2013)
Individuals parallel slalom 1996 Russia Ekaterina Tudegesheva (2013)
Individuals parallel giant slalom 1999 Germany Isabella Laböck (2013)
Softball Women's Softball World Championship Nations 1965  Japan (2014) 2016 Biennial Quadrennially from 1970–2010, now biennially
World Cup of Softball Nations 2005  United States (2014) 2015 Annual
Speed skating World All-Round Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1933 Netherlands Ireen Wüst (2013) 2014 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 United States Heather Richardson (2013) 2014 Annual
World Single Distance Championships Individuals and nations 1995 Winners in 6 events (2013) 2014 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Individuals[R] 1976 China Wang Meng (Overall)
Winners in 5 events (2013)
2014 Annual Note: Although the International Skating Union did not conduct an official World Short Track Championship until 1981, it began organising international events in 1976. All annual ISU-sanctioned international championships from 1976 to 1980 are now retrospectively recognised as World Championships.
World Short Track Speed Skating Team Championships Nations 1991  South Korea (2011) Discontinued after 2011 Annual
ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup Individuals and Nations 1999/2000 Winners in 6 events (2009/10) 2010/11 One year
Squash World Open Individuals 1979 Malaysia Nicol David (2012) 2013 Annual
World Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 New Zealand Shelley Kitchen & Tamsyn Leevey (2006) 2014 Intermittent
World Team Squash Championships Nations 1979  Egypt (2012) 2014 Biennial
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Individuals[D] 1926 Winners in 3 events (2013) 2015 Biennial
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1933  China (2014) 2016 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1963 Winners in 6 events (2011) 2013 Biennial
Tennis Fed Cup Nations 1963  Czech Republic (2014) 2015 Annual Note: The Fed Cup is not formally a world championship, but is traditionally held as equivalent in status. It was called Federation Cup until 1995.
ITF World Champion Individuals 1978 United States Serena Williams (2014) 2015 Annual
ITF World Champions Doubles teams 1996 Italy Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci (2014) 2015 Annual
Volleyball Women's World Championship Nations 1952  Russia (2010) 2014 Quadrennial
FIVB World Cup Nations 1973  Italy (2011) 2015 Quadrennial
FIVB World Grand Prix Nations 1993  Brazil (2013) 2014 Annual
FIVB Club World Women's Championship Clubs 1991 Turkey Vakıfbank Istanbul (2013) 2014 Annual
Water polo FINA Water Polo World Cup Nations 1979  United States (2010) 2014 Quadrennial Originally biennially, quadrennially after 2002
FINA Water Polo World Championship Nations 1986  Spain (2013) 2015 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals 1987 Winners in 8 events (2014) 2015 Annual
Wrestling World Cup Nations 2001  Japan (2014) 2015 Annual

Open[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
Air racing Red Bull Air Race World Championship Individuals 2003 United Kingdom Nigel Lamb 2015 Annual Not held in 2010–2013
Alpine skiing FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 Austria Marcel Hirscher (men)
Slovenia Tina Maze (women) (2012–13)
2013–14 One year
Nations  Austria (men and women) (2012–13)
Auto racing Formula One World Championship Individuals 1950 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (2014) 2015 Annual
Constructors 1958 Germany Mercedes (2014)
FIA World Endurance Championship Individuals 2012 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson and
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi (2014)
2015 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Toyota (2014)
FIA GT1 World Championship Individuals 2010 Germany Marc Basseng and
Germany Markus Winkelhock (2012)
Defunct Annual Annually until 2012
Teams Germany Münnich Motorsport (2012)
FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup Individuals 1993 Russia Leonid Novitskiy and
Germany Andreas Schulz (2011)
2012 Annual
Teams Germany BMW (2011)
World Rally Championship Individuals 1977 France Sébastien Ogier (2014) 2015 Annual
Manufacturers 1973 Germany Volkswagen (2014)
World Touring Car Championship Individuals 1987 Argentina José María López (2014) 2015 Annual
Manufacturers France Citroën (2014)
World Manufacturers' Championship Manufacturers 1925 France Delage (1927) Defunct Annual Annually until 1927
World Sportscar Championship Manufacturers;
from 1985 teams
1953 France Peugeot Talbot Sport (1992) Defunct Annual Annually until 1992
Individuals 1981 France Yannick Dalmas
United Kingdom Derek Warwick (1992)
Annual
Karting World Championship Individuals 1964 United Kingdom Lando Norris (2014) 2015 Annual
Biathlon Biathlon World Cup Individuals 1977–78 Norway Tarjei Bø (men)
Finland Kaisa Mäkäräinen (women)
(2010–11)
2011–12 One year
Nations 1996–97  Norway (men)
 Germany (women)
(2010–11)
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh World Cup Teams 1984-85 Three teams (2009-10) 2010-11 One year
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Cross-Country World Cup Individuals 1973–74 Switzerland Dario Cologna (men)
Poland Justyna Kowalczyk (women) (2010–11)
2011–12 One year
Equestrian Dressage World Cup Individuals 1986 Netherlands Adelinde Cornelissen (2012) 2013 Annual
Four-in-hand Driving World Cup Individuals  ????  ????  ???? One year
Eventing World Cup (:de) Individuals 2003 Germany Michael Jung (2010) Suspended Annual No final since 2010; final ranking leader is World Cup Champion
FEI World Equestrian Games Individuals 1990 Winners in 27 events (2010) 2014 Quadrennial
Mounted Games World Individual Championships Individuals 1986 Germany Widukind Moormann 2014 Annual
Mounted Games World Pairs Championships Pairs 1992 England Joe Garnett & England Chloe Golding 2014 Annual
Mounted Games World Team Championships Team 1986 New Zealand New Zealand 2014 Annual
Show Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979 United States Rich Fellers (2012) 2013 One year
Glider (aircraft) aerobatics FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships Individuals 1985 Maciej Pospieszyński (2012/13) 2011 Biennial
Nations France France (2009)
Gliding World Gliding Championships Individuals 1937 Winners in 6 classes (2008) 2010 Biennial The duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
Ice hockey Ice Hockey World Championships Nations 1930  Sweden (2013) 2014 One year
Korfball Korfball World Championship Nations 1978 Netherlands (2007) 2011 Quadrennial
Luge Luge World Cup Individual 1977-78 Three champions (2009-10) 2010-11 One year
Motorcycling FIM MotoGP Championship Individuals 1949 Winners in three classes (2014) 2015 Annual
Constructors Winners in three classes (2014)
Supercross World Championship Individuals 2003 United States Ryan Villopoto 2015 Annual
Motocross World Championship Individuals 2003 Winners in two classes (2014) 2015 Annual
FIM World Enduro Championship Individuals 1990 Winners in 3 events (2014) 2015 Annual
FIM sidecarcross World Championship Pairs 1980 Netherlands Daniël Willemsen (2012)
Netherlands Kenny van Gaalen
2013 Annual
Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000)
Speedway World Cup (since 2001)
National Team 1960 Denmark (2014) 2015 Annual
Speedway World Pairs Championship National pair 1970 Sweden (1993) Defunct Annual Annually until 1993
Individual Speedway World Championship (1931–1994)
Speedway Grand Prix (since 1995)
Individuals 1931 United States Greg Hancock (2014) 2015 Annual
Individual Ice Racing World Championship Individuals[6] 1966 Russia Daniil Ivanov (2013) 2014 Annual
Team Ice Racing World Championship Nations 1979 Russia Russia (2013) 2014 Annual
Sidecar World Championship Pairs 1949 United Kingdom Tim Reeves (driver) &
France Gregory Cluze (passenger) (2014)
2015 Annual
Endurance FIM World Championship Team 1975 France Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin 2015 Annual
Superbike World Championship Individuals 1988 United Kingdom Tom Sykes (2013) 2014 Annual
Manufacturers Italy Aprilia (2013)
Supersport World Championship Individuals 1999 Netherlands Michael van der Mark (2014) 2015 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Honda (2014)
FIM Superstock 1000 Championship Individuals 2000 Argentina Leandro Mercado (2014) 2015 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Kawasaki (2014)
Padel Padel Tennis World Championship Nations 1992  Argentina (2012) 2014 Biennial
Pétanque Pétanque World Championships Nations 1959  France (2012) 2014 in Dakar Biennial
Pitch and putt Pitch and Putt World Cup Nations 2012  Ireland (2012) 2014 Biennial
Motorboat racing Class 1 World Powerboat Championship Individual Boats 1992 United Arab Emirates Victory 3 (2014) 2015 Annual
UIM Powerboat GPS World Championship Individual boats 2003 Winners in 3 classes Defunct Annual Annually until 2011, known as Powerboat P1 World Championship upto 2009
F1 Powerboat World Championship Individual 1981 Italy Alex Carella (2014) 2015 Annual
Radio-controlled car racing IFMAR 1:8 Scale IC Track World Championship Individuals 1977 Japan Tadahiko Sahashi (2013) 2015 Biennial
IFMAR 1:10 Scale Electric Off-Road 2WD World Championship 1985 United States Jared Tebo (2013) 2015 Single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Scale Electric Off-Road 4WD World Championship United States Steven Hartson (2013) 2015
IFMAR 1:5 Scale Touring Car World Championship 2001 Germany Markus Feldmann (2013) 2015
IFMAR 1:8 Scale Off-Road World Championship 1986 Canada Ty Tessman (2014) 2016
IFMAR 1:12 Scale Electric Track World Championship 1982 Germany Marc Rheinard (2014) 2016 Single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Scale Electric ISTC World Championship 2000 Japan Naoto Matsukura (2014) 2016
IFMAR 1:10 Scale IC 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Championship 2002 Sweden Alexander Hagberg (2014) 2016
IFMAR 1:10 Scale PRO 10 World Championship 1992 Japan Masami Hirosaka (2000) Defunct Biennial until 2000, single host event with 1:12 on-road in 1996-2000
IFMAR 1:10 Scale 235mm Touring Car World Championship 1998 United States Brian Berry (2002) Defunct Biennial until 2002
Sailing ISAF Sailing World Championships Individuals Boats 2003 Winners in up to 9 classes 2014 Quadrennial
ISAF Sailing World Cup Individuals 2008 Winners in 10 Olympic disciplines Ongoing Annual
ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships Individuals Boats 1971 winners in about 10 categories 2013 Annual
Team Racing World Championships Individuals Boats 1995 2013 Annual
Offshore Team Racing World Championships Individuals Boats 2004 2013 Annual
ISAF Open Match Racing World Championship Individuals Boats 1998 2013 Annual
ISAF Open Match Racing World Championship National Teams of 2/3 boats 1998 2013 Biennial
Star World Championships Team of two persons 1923  United States
George Szabo
Rick Peters
2013 Annual
Windsurfing World Championships Individual 1980 France Julien Bontemps 2013 Annual
Shooting ISSF World Cup Individuals 1988 Winners in 15 events (2012) 2013 One year
Skeleton Skeleton World Cup Individuals 1986-87 (men), 1996-97 (women) Two champions (2009-10) 2010-11 One year
Ski Jumping FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979–80 Poland Kamil Stoch (2013–14) 2014–15 One year
National Team  ?  Austria (2010–11) 2011–12 One year
Ski orienteering World Cup in Ski Orienteering Individual and nations  ???  ???  ???  ???
Slot car racing ISRA World Championship Individual 1992 Winners in 4 classes 2011 Annual
Speed skating Speed Skating World Cup Individuals and Nations 1985–86 Winners in 12 events (2009–10) 2010–11 One year
Tennis ITF World Mixed Team Championships Nations 1989  France (2014) 2015 One year
Triathlon ITU Triathlon World Championships Individuals 1989 United Kingdom Non Stanford (2013) 2014 Annual
Tug of war TWIF Indoor World Championships Nations 1976 Winners in various weight classes 2014 Biennial
TWIF Outdoor World Championships Nations 1976 Winners in various weight classes 2012 Biennial

Mixed-Sex Teams[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
Archery World Archery Championships Team recurve
male – female pair
1931 South Korea South Korea (2011) 2013 Biennial
Team compound
male – female pair
1995 Italy Italy (2011) 2013 Biennial
Badminton BWF World Championships Male – female pair 1977 Winners in 1 event (2013) 2014 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Sudirman Cup Nations 1989  China (2013) 2015 Biennial
Basketball FIBA 3x3 World Championships National teams of
two men and two women
2012 France France 2014 Biennial Three players are on the court at any one time
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Nations 2005 Norway Norway (2013) 2015 Annual
Bull riding PBR World Cup Nations 2007  Brazil (2010)  ??? One year
Curling World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship National mixed teams
male – female pair
2008  Hungary (2013) 2014 Annual
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships National pairs
male – female pair
from the same nation
1908 Germany Aliona Savchenko & Robin Szolkowy (2014) 2015 Annual
Ice Dance
male – female pair
from the same nation
1952 Italy Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (2014)
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Nations 1989 Germany Natalie Geisenberger
Felix Loch
Tobias Wendl /Tobias Arlt(2013)
2014 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Nations 2001 Italy Anton Blasbichler
Renate Gietl
Patrick Pigneter
Florian Clara (2011)
Biennial
Sailing IFDS SKUD 18 World Championship Pair – female and either male
or another female
2007 Ongoing Annual
Mixed Nacra 17 World Championship Male – female pair 2013 Ongoing Annual
Synchronized skating World Synchronized Skating Championships Teams 2000 Finland Team Unique (2013) 2014 Annual
Ten-Pin Bowling QubicaAMF World Cup Individuals 1965 Derek Eoff (men)
Jasmine Young-Nathan (women)
(2008)
2009 One year
Tennis Hopman Cup National teams
male – female pair
1989  France (2014) 2015 Annual Competitions are played in traditional order: women's singles, men's singles, and mixed doubles
Mixed Doubles World Championship Male & Female Pair
Touch football (rugby league) Touch Football World Cup Nations 1988  Australia (both men and women)
(2011)
2015 Four years
Triathlon ITU Triathlon World Cup Individuals 1991 United Kingdom Alistair Brownlee (men)
Sweden Lisa Norden (women)
(2012)
2013 One year

Paralympics and other class[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
Cycling UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007 Winners in 14 events (2011) 2013
Paragliding Paragliding World Cup Individual 1992 Overall 2011: Peter Nauenschwander (F)  ???? Annual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note: Auto racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  2. ^ a b This differs from the practice in the road races (as well as the 1962–1994 men's World Championship TTT), where teams are based on nationality. The flag in this entry reflects where the team is registered, not necessarily the nationality of its cyclists.
  3. ^ a b Equestrian events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  4. ^ a b Motorcycle racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  5. ^ a b "Future of Rugby World Cup Sevens confirmed" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Champions in Individual Ice Racing (motorcycle)

References[edit]

    R.  ^R - One or more relay events, in which three or four competitors compete for their nation, are included for each sex.
    D.  ^D - Does not includes three Doubles events, one for men, one for women, and one for mixed doubles.