List of world sports championships

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The following is a list of world sports championships, including some sporting events which use a different name 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 Ski Championships Individuals 1931 Winners in 5 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 Austria Marcel Hirscher (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Nations  Austria (2015–16)
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
American football IFAF World Championship Nations 1999  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 30 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
FINA Diving World Cup Individuals 1979 Most medals: China China 2018 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  Serbia (2015) 2017 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Kim Woo-jin (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 Denmark Stephan Hansen (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 South Korea South Korea (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound 1995 Iran Iran (2015) 2017 Biennial
Artistic gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships Individuals 1903 Winners in 7 events (2015) 2017 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 Spain FC Barcelona (2015) 2016 Annual
ConIFA World Football Cup Nations 2006  County of Nice (2014) 2016 Two years since 2010
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2015) 2017 Biennial 1983–1991 held quadrennially, biennially starting 1993
IAAF World Cup in Athletics Nations and
continents
1977 Europe
(2014)
2018 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 (2015) 2017 Biennial
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals and teams 1992 Winners in 2 events (2014) 2016 Annual
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals and teams 1987 Sweden Jonas Buud (2015) 2016 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals and teams 2001 Germany Florian Reus (2015) 2017 Biennial
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Most medals:  China (2015) 2017 Biennial
Australian rules football Australian Football International Cup Nations 2002  Papua New Guinea (2014) 2017 Triennial
Auto racing see the open section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles & Doubles 1977 Singles-China Chen Long Doubles-Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan & Hendra Setiawan (2015) 2017 Annual Annually since 2006; Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Thomas Cup Nations 1949  Denmark (2016) 2018 Biennial Since 1984, it has been held concurrently with the women's Uber Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 1957  Russia (2016) 2017 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 Russia Yenisey (2015) 2016 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 Spain Real Madrid (2015) 2016 Annual
Beach soccer FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Nations 1995  Portugal (2015) 2017 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Brazil Alison CeruttiBruno Schmidt (2015) 2017 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Individuals, nations 1958 Most medals:  France (2016) 2017 Annual
Billiards (Pool) WPA World Nine-ball Championship Individuals 1990 Chinese Taipei Ko Pin-Yi (2015) 2016 Annual
WPA World Eight-ball Championship Individuals 2004 Chinese Taipei Chang Jung-lin (2012) Defunct Annual
World three-cushion billiards championship Individuals 1928 Sweden Torbjörn Blomdahl (2015) 2016 Annual
World Billiards Championship (English billiards) Individuals 1825 England Mike Russell (2011) Defunct Annual
IBSF World Billiards Championship Individuals 1926 Time: India Pankaj Advani Points: Singapore Peter Gilchrist (2015) 2016 Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Four man 1930 Germany Maximilian Arndt
Alexander Rödiger
Kevin Korona
Ben Heber (2016)
2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Two man 1931 Germany Francesco Friedrich
Thorsten Margis (2016)
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 (2015) 2017 Biennial
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 18 events (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Individuals and teams 1949 Winners in 6 categories (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Cricket ICC Cricket World Cup Nations 1975  Australia (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Indoor Cricket World Cup Nations 1995  Australia (2014) 2016 Two years
ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Nations 1988  West Indies (2016) 2018 Biennial
ICC Champions Trophy Nations 1998  India (2013) 2017 Biennial
ICC World Twenty20 Nations 2007  West Indies (2016) 2020 Quadriennial 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) Defunct Annual
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals 1925 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 Winners in 19 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1959  Canada (2016) 2017 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1927 Slovakia Peter Sagan (2015) 2016 Annual
Time trial 1994 Belarus Vasil Kiryienka (2015)
Team time trial 2012 United States BMC Racing Team (2015)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1962  Italy (1994)[2] 1994
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 1950 Belgium Wout Van Aert (2016) 2017 Annual
UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships Individuals 1990 Winners in 10 events (2015) 2016 Annual
UCI Track Cycling World Championships Individuals and nations 1893 Winners in 10 events (2016); Most medals:  United Kingdom 2017 Annual
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007 Winners in 14 events (2011) 2013
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 1978 England Scott Waites (2016) 2017 Annual
PDC World Darts Championship Individuals 1994 Scotland Gary Anderson (2016) 2017 Annual
Equestrian see the mixed section below[3]
Fencing World Fencing Championships Individual and Team 1923 Winners in 6 events (2015); Most medals:  Russia 2017 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  Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships Individuals 1896 Spain Javier Fernández (2016) 2017 Annual
Fistball Fistball World Cup Nations 1968  Germany (2015) 2019 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 (2015) 2019 quadrennial Originally a triennial event, held quadrennially after 2003
Intercontinental Futsal Cup Clubs 1996 Brazil Atlântico (2015) 2016 Annual
Gliding see the mixed section below
Golf Mission Hills World Cup Nations 1953  Australia (2013) 2016 Two years after 2009
Gymnastics Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals 1975 14 winners (one for each apparatus) 2016 Every year
Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Individuals and teams 1975 8 winners 2016 Every year
Trampolining World Cup Individuals  ???  ??? winners 2016 Every year
Handball (Field handball) World Men's Handball Championship Nations 1938  France (2015) 2017 Two years
IHF Super Globe Clubs 1997 Germany Füchse Berlin (2015) 2016 Annual
Ice hockey Ice Hockey World Championships Nations 1920  Canada (2016) 2017 Annual
Inline skating IIHF InLine Hockey World Championship Nations 1996  Canada (2015) 2016 Annual
International rules football International Rules Series Nations 1984  Australia (2014) 2017 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 (2015) 2019* Quadrennial
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Men's singles 1955 Germany Felix Loch (2016) 2017 Annual
Men's doubles 1955 Germany Tobias Wendl
Tobias Arlt (2016)
2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Men's singles 1979 Italy Patrick Pigneter (2015) 2017 Biennial
Men's doubles 1979 Italy Patrick Pigneter
Florian Clara (2015)
2017 Biennial
Motorcycling see the mixed section below[4]
Nordic Combined FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 10 km individual normal hill 1925 Germany Johannes Rydzek (2015) 2017 Biennial
10 km individual large hill 1999 Austria Bernhard Gruber (2015) 2017 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  Germany (2015) 2017 Biennial
National Team Large Hill 2 x 7.5 km 1982  France (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Individuals 1983–84 Germany Eric Frenzel (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Sprint 2001 Sweden Jonas Leandersson (2015) 2016 Annual
Short distance 1991 Finland Pasi Ikonen (2001) defunct Biennial
Middle distance 2003 Switzerland Daniel Hubmann (2015) 2016 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Long distance 1966 France Thierry Gueorgiou (2015) 2016 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Relay 1966   Switzerland (2015) 2016 Annual Originally biennially, annually since 2003
Paddle Paddle World Championship Nations 1992  Spain (2014) 2016 Biennial
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  Chile (2015) 2019 Triennial
Real tennis Real Tennis World Championship Individuals[D] 1740 United States Camden Riviere (2016) 2018 Biennial
Roller derby Men's Roller Derby World Cup Nations 2014 United States United States 2016 not stated
Roller hockey Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1936  Argentina (2015) 2017 Biennial Current FIRS cups restarted in 1958
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1962 Winners in 13 events (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 8 events (2015) 2016 Annual
Rugby league Rugby League World Cup Nations 1954  Australia (2013) 2017 Quadrennial after 2013
World Club Challenge Clubs 1976 Australia North Queensland Cowboys (2016) 2017 Annual after 2000
Rugby union Rugby World Cup Nations 1987  New Zealand (2015) 2019 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
Sailing Over 30 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1897 Winners in 18 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
ISSF World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1934 Winners in 12 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 1930 Latvia Martins Dukurs (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 1962 Norway Rune Velta (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individuals large hill 1925 Germany Severin Freund (2015) 2017 Biennial
National Team normal hill 2001  Austria (2011) Biennial Not held in 2007 or 2009,after 2011 this event replaced mixed team
National Team large hill 1962  Norway (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Ski-Flying World Championships Individuals 1972 Slovenia Peter Prevc (2016) 2018 Biennial
National Team 2004  Norway (2016) 2018 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002 ITA (2014) 2016 Biennial Relays held since 2004; Long Distance since 2008.
Snooker World Snooker Championship Individuals 1927 England Mark Selby (2016) 2017 Annual This championship is not only for Male competitors [6]
IBSF World Snooker Championship Individuals 1963 India Advani Pankaj (2015) 2016 Annual
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Big air 2003 Finland Roope Tonteri (2015) 2017 Biennial
Slopestyle 2011 United States Rlyan Stassel (2015)
Halfpipe 1996 Australia Scoty James (2015)
Snowboard cross 1997 Italy Loca Matteoti (2015)
Parallel slalom 1996 Italy Roland Fichnaller (2015)
Parallel giant slalom 1999 Russia Andrej Sobolev (2015)
Speed skating World Allround Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1889 Netherlands Sven Kramer (2016) 2017 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 Russia Pavel Kulizhnikov (2016) 2017 Annual
World Single Distance Championships Individuals and Nations 1995 Winners in 6 events (2016) 2017 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Individuals[R] 1976 China Han Tianyu (Overall)
Winners in 5 events (2016)
2017 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 Canada Scott Croxall (2015) 2016 Annual
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1976 France Grégory Gaultier (2015) 2016 Annual
World International Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 Australia Stewart Boswell & Anthony Ricketts (2006) TBA Intermittent
WSF World Team Squash Championships Nations 1967  England (2013) 2017 Biennial 2015 Championship Cancelled
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Individuals[D] 1926 Winners in 3 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1926  China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Ten-Pin Bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1954 Winners in 6 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial Biennially until 2010
Tennis Davis Cup Nations 1900  Great Britain (2015) 2016 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.
World Team Cup Nations 1978  Serbia (2012) Defunct Annual
Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Individuals 1989 Spain Javier Gómez (2015) 2016 Annual
Volleyball FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship Nations 1949  Poland (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Volleyball World Cup Nations 1965  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Nations 1993  Brazil (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World League Nations 1990  France (2015) 2016 Annual
FIVB Club World Men's Championship Clubs 1989 Brazil Sada Cruzeiro (2015) 2016 Annual
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals and Nations 1904 Winners in 16 events (2015) 2016 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Wrestling World Cup (freestyle) Nations 1973  Iran (2015) 2016 Annual
Wrestling World Cup (Greco-Roman) Nations 1980  Iran (2016) 2017 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 (2015) 2017 Biennial
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Individuals 1967 Switzerland Lara Gut (women) (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Nations  Austria (2015–16)
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Individuals 1972 Winners in 30 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Archery World Archery Championships Individual recurve 1931 South Korea Ki Bo-Bae (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individual compound 1995 South Korea Kim Yun-hee (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team recurve 1931 Russia Russia (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound 1995 Ukraine Ukraine (2015) 2017 Biennial
Association football FIFA Women's World Cup Nations 1991  United States (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Aquatics FINA World Aquatics Championships Individuals[R] 1973 Winners in 20 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Individuals[R] 1993 Winners in 20 events (2014) 2016 Biennial
Athletics IAAF World Championships in Athletics Individuals[R] 1983 Winners in 24 events (2015) 2017 Biennial 1983–1991 quadrennially, biennially from 1993
IAAF World Indoor Championships Individuals[R] 1985  United States (most medals); Winners in 13 events (2016) 2018 Biennial
IAAF World Cross Country Championships Individuals and teams 1973 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
IAAF World Half Marathon Championships Individuals and teams 1992 Kenya Peres Jechirchir (individual); Kenya Kenya (team) (2016) 2018 Biennial
IAU 100 km World Championships Individuals and teams 1987 United States Camile Herron (2015) 2016 Annual
IAU 24 Hour World Championship Individuals and teams 2001 United States Katalin Nagy (2015) 2016 Annual
IPC Athletics World Championships Individuals 1994 Winners in 76 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Auto racing see the mixed section below[1]
Badminton BWF World Championships Singles & Doubles 1977 Singles-Spain Carolina Marín Doubles-China Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years
Uber Cup Nations 1957  China (2016) 2018 Biennial Biennially since 1984 it has been held concurrently with the men's Thomas Cup.
Bandy Bandy World Championship Nations 2004  Sweden (2016) 2018 Biennial Annually from 2006 to 2008, then biennially
Bandy World Cup Women Clubs 2003 Sweden Kareby IS (2015) 2016 Annual
Baseball Women's Baseball World Cup Nations 2004  Japan (2014) 2016 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 (2014) 2016 Biennial
Beach volleyball Swatch FIVB World Championships Nations 1997 Brazil Bárbara SeixasÁgatha Bednarczuk (2015) 2017 Biennial
Biathlon Biathlon World Championships Individuals, nations 1984 Winners in 5 events (2015) 2017 Annual
Bobsleigh FIBT World Championships Two woman 2000 Germany Anja Schneiderheinze-Stöckel
Annika Drazek (2016)
2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years.
Boxing World Amateur Boxing Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 13 weight classes (2015)
Boxing World Cup Nations 2005 (Winners in 11 weight classes) (2014) 2016 Two years
Canoeing ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Individuals and teams 1938 Winners in 11 events (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Winter Olympic years
ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships Individuals and teams 1949 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2017 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  West Indies (2016) 2018 Biennial Biennially from 2010
Cross-country skiing FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals 1954 Winners in 8 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships Individuals 1974 ??? (2015) 2017 Biennial
Curling World Curling Championships Nations 1979   Switzerland (2015) 2016 Annual
Cycling UCI Road World Championships Road race 1958 United Kingdom Lizzie Armitstead (2015) 2016 Annual The UCI Road World Championships were first contested in 1927, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
Time trial 1994 New Zealand Linda Villumsen (2015)
Team time trial (trade) 2012 Germany Velocio-SRAM (2015)[2]
Team time trial (nations) 1987  Russia (1994) 1994
UCI Mountain Bike & Trials World Championships Individuals 1990 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2016 Annual
UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships Individuals 2000 Netherlands Thalita de Jong (2016) 2017 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 (2016) 2017 Annual The UCI Track Cycling World Championships were first contested in 1893, but women's championships were not added until 1958.
Enduro World Series Individuals 2013 United Kingdom Tracy Moseley (2014) 2015 Annual
UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships Individuals and nations 2007 Winners in 14 events (2011) 2013
Darts BDO World Darts Championship Individuals 2001 England Trina Gulliver (2016) 2017 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 (2015) 2017 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 Russia Evgenia Medvedeva (2016) 2017 Annual
Floorball Floorball World Championships Nations 1997  Sweden (2015) 2017 Biennial
Futsal AMF Futsal Women's World Cup Nations 2008 Colombia Colombia (2013) 2014  ???
Gliding Women's World Gliding Championships Individuals 2001 Winners in 3 classes (2015) 2017 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 (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in years with a Summer Olympics
World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships Individuals and nations 1963 Winners in 9 events (2015) 2017 Biennial Changed from 2005
Handball World Women's Handball Championship Nations 1957  Norway (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ice hockey IIHF World Women's Championships Nations 1990  United States (2015) 2016 Annually Originally held every two years (no championship in 1996). Since 1997, annual except in Winter Olympic years for the top level of competition (champion listed here). Lower levels of the championships used the same schedule until 2014, when they adopted an annual schedule including championships in Olympic years.
Indoor hockey Indoor Hockey World Cup Nations 2003  Netherlands (2015) 2019 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 (2016) 2017 Annual
FIL World Luge Natural Track Championships Individual 1979 Italy Evelyn Lanthaler (2015) 2017 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 (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Orienteering World Orienteering Championships Individuals[R] 1966 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2016 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 (2015) 2017 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 2017 Triennial
Roller hockey Women's Roller Hockey World Cup Nations 1992 Argentina Argentina (2014) 2016 Biennial
Rowing World Rowing Championships Nations 1974 Winners in 9 events (2015) 2017 Annual Championships are not held for Olympic/Paralympic events in Summer Olympic/Paralympic years
FISA Rowing World Cup Nations 1997 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2016 Annual
Rugby league Women's Rugby League World Cup Nations 2000 Australia Australia (2013) 2017 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 Over 30 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
Shooting ISSF World Shooting Championships Individuals and nations 1958 Winners in 23 events (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
World Shotgun Championships Individuals and nations 1967 Winners in 4 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Skeleton FIBT World Championships Individual 2000 Germany Tina Hermann (2016) 2017 Annual Not held in years with Winter Olympics.
Ski jumping FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Individuals normal hill 2009 Germany Carina Vogt (2015) 2017 Biennial
Ski mountaineering World Championships of Ski Mountaineering Nations, individuals, teams, relays, long distances 2002 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2017 Biennial Relays added (2004); Long Distance added (2008)
Snowboarding FIS Snowboard World Championships Individuals halfpipe 1996 China Xuetong Cai (2015) 2017 Biennial
Individuals slopestyle 2011 Japan Myiabi Onitsuka (2015)
Individuals snowboard cross 1997 United States Lyndsey Jacobellis (2015)
Individuals parallel slalom 1996 Czech Republic Ester Ledecka (2015)
Individuals parallel giant slalom 1999 Austria Claudia Riegler (2015)
Individuals big air 2015 Switzerland Elena Könz (2015)
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 (2015) 2016 Annual
Speed skating World All-Round Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1933 Czech Republic Martina Sáblíková (2016) 2017 Annual
World Sprint Speed Skating Championships Individuals 1970 United States Brittany Bowe (2016) 2017 Annual
World Single Distance Championships Individuals and nations 1995 Winners in 6 events (2016) 2017 Annual In Winter Olympic years, the World Single Distance Championships are not held.
World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Individuals[R] 1976 South Korea Choi Min-jeong (Overall)
Winners in 5 events (2016)
2017 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 (2015/16) 2015/16 One year
Squash PSA World Championship Individuals 1979 Malaysia Nicol David (2014) 2015 Annual
World Doubles Squash Championships Doubles teams 1997 New Zealand Shelley Kitchen & Tamsyn Leevey (2006) TBA Intermittent
WSF World Team Squash Championships Nations 1979  England (2014) 2016 Biennial
Table tennis World Table Tennis Championships Individuals[D] 1926 Winners in 3 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
World Team Table Tennis Championships Nations 1933  China (2016) 2018 Biennial
Ten-pin bowling WTBA World Championships Nations 1963 Winners in 6 events (2015) 2017 Biennial
Tennis Fed Cup Nations 1963  Czech Republic (2015) 2016 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.
Triathlon ITU World Triathlon Series Individuals 1989 United States Gwen Jorgensen (2015) 2016 Annual
Volleyball Women's World Championship Nations 1952  United States (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
FIVB World Cup Nations 1973  China (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
FIVB Volleyball World Grand Champions Cup Nations 1993  Brazil (2013) 2017 Quadrennial
FIVB World Grand Prix Nations 1993  Brazil (2016) 2017 Annual
FIVB Club World Women's Championship Clubs 1991 Turkey Eczacibaşi VitrA (2015) 2016 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  United States (2015) 2017 Biennial Biennially since 2001
Wrestling (amateur) World Wrestling Championships Individuals 1987 Winners in 8 events (2015) 2016 Annual
Wrestling World Cup Nations 2001  Japan (2015) 2016 Annual

Open[edit]

Sport Competition name Competing entities First
held
Current holder Next Frequency Details and notes
3-Cushion
(Billiards)
Three-Cushion World Cup Individuals 1986 Spain Daniel Sánchez 2015 Insertual
Aeromodelling FAI F3A World Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1960 France Christophe Paysant Le-Roux 2017 Biennial
 United States
FAI F3C World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 1985 Japan Hiroki Ito 2017 Biennial
 Japan
FAI F3N World Championships for Model Helicopters Individuals and nations 2013 Germany Eric Weber 2017 Biennial
 Israel
FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 2011 Austria Gernot Bruckmann 2017 Biennial
 Austria
FAI F3B World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 1977 Germany Martin Herrig 2017 Biennial
 Germany
FAI F3D World Championship for Pylon Racing Model Aircraft Individuals and nations 1985 United States Randy Bridge 2017 Biennial
 Czech Republic
FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2011 New Zealand Alex Hewson 2017 Biennial
 New Zealand
FAI F3F World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 2012 Slovakia František Ruisl 2016 Biennial
 France
FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders Individuals and nations 1998 Slovenia Jan Littva 2016 Biennial
 New Zealand
Air racing Red Bull Air Race World Championship Individuals 2003 United Kingdom Paul Bonhomme (2015) 2016 Annual Not held in 2011–2013
Auto racing Formula One World Championship Individuals 1950 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (2015) 2016 Annual
Constructors 1958 Germany Mercedes (2015)
FIA World Endurance Championship Individuals 2012 Germany Timo Bernhard Australia Mark Weber New Zealand Brendon Hartley (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers Germany Porsche (2015)
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 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah (2015) 2016 Annual
Teams Germany BMW (2011)
FIA Formula E Championship Drivers 2014-15 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi (2015-16) 2016-17 Annual
Teams France Renault e.dams (2015-16)
World Rally Championship Individuals 1977 France Sébastien Ogier (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers 1973 Germany Volkswagen (2015)
World Touring Car Championship Individuals 1987 Argentina José María López (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers France Citroën (2015)
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 France Martin Fourcade (men)
Czech Republic Gabriela Soukalova (women)
(2015–16)
2016–17 One year
Nations 1996–97  Norway (men)
 Germany (women)
(2015–16)
Bobsleigh Bobsleigh World Cup Teams 1984-85 Three teams (2015-16) 2016-17 One year
Cross-Country Skiing FIS Cross-Country World Cup Individuals 1973–74 Norway Martin Johnsrud Sundby (men)
Norway Therese Johaug (women) (2015–16)
2016–17 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 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 (2014) 2018 Quadrennial
Mounted Games World Individual Championships Individuals 1986 Germany Widukind Moormann (2015) 2016 Annual
Mounted Games World Pairs Championships Pairs 1992 Republic of Ireland Craig O'Connor & Republic of Ireland Kate O'Connor (2015) 2016 Annual
Mounted Games World Team Championships Team 1986  United States (2015) 2016 Annual
Show Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979 Switzerland Steve Guerdat (2015) 2016 One year
Gliding FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships Individuals 1985 Maciej Pospieszyński (2012/13) 2011 Biennial
Nations France France (2009)
World Gliding Championships Individuals 1937 Winners in 6 classes (2014) 2016 Biennial The duration between World Gliding Championships varies slightly, dependent on the hemisphere of the next planned edition.
Paragliding Paragliding World Cup Individual 1992 Overall 2011: Peter Nauenschwander (F)  ???? Annual
Korfball Korfball World Championship Nations 1978 Netherlands Netherlands (2015) 2019 Quadrennial
Luge Luge World Cup Individual 1977-78 Three champions (2015-16) 2016-17 One year
Motorcycling FIM MotoGP Championship Individuals 1949 Winners in three classes (2015) 2016 Annual
Constructors Winners in three classes (2015)
Supercross World Championship Individuals 2003 United States Ryan Dungey 2016 Annual
Motocross World Championship Individuals 2003 Winners in two classes (2015) 2016 Annual
FIM World Enduro Championship Individuals 1990 Winners in 3 events (2015) 2016 Annual
FIM sidecarcross World Championship Pairs 1980 Netherlands Etienne Bax (2015)
Latvia Kaspars Stupelis
2016 Annual
Speedway World Team Cup (1960–2000)
Speedway World Cup (since 2001)
National Team 1960 Sweden (2015) 2016 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 Kingdom Tai Woffinden (2015) 2016 Annual
Individual Ice Racing World Championship Individuals[7] 1966 Russia Dmitri Khomitsevich (2016) 2017 Annual
Team Ice Racing World Championship Nations 1979 Russia Russia (2016) 2017 Annual
Sidecar World Championship Pairs 1949 Netherlands Bennie Streuer (driver) &
Geert Koerts (passenger) (2015)
2016 Annual
Endurance FIM World Championship Team 1975 France Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (fr) 2016 Annual
Superbike World Championship Individuals 1988 United Kingdom Jonathan Rea (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Kawasaki (2015)
Supersport World Championship Individuals 1999 Turkey Toprak Razgatlıoğlu (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers Japan Honda (2014)
FIM Superstock 1000 Championship Individuals 2000 Italy Lorenzo Savadori (2015) 2016 Annual
Manufacturers Italy Aprilia (2015)
Padel Padel 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 up to 2009
F1 Powerboat World Championship Individual 1981 France Philipe Chiape (2015) 2016 Annual
Radio-controlled racing IFMAR 1:8 IC Track World Championship Individual 1977 Switzerland Simon Kurzbuch (2015) 2017 Biennial
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship — 2WD Individual 1985 United States Spencer Rivkin (2015) 2017 Double header single host event
IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road World Championship — 4WD Individual Portugal Bruno Coehlo (2015)
IFMAR 1:5 Touring Car World Championship Individual 2001 Australia Russell Grenenger (2015) 2017?
IFMAR 1:8 IC Off-Road World Championship Individual 1986 Canada Ty Tessmann (2014) 2016
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship Individual 1982 Germany Marc Rheinard (2014) 2016 Double header single host event since 2002, triple in 2000 with PRO 10
IFMAR ISTC World Championship Individual 2000 Japan Naoto Matsukura (2014) 2016
IFMAR 1:10 200mm Nitro Touring Car World Championship Individual 2002 Sweden Alexander Hagberg (2014) 2016
IFMAR PRO 10 World Championship Individual 1992 Japan Masami Hirosaka (2000) Defunct Biennial until 2000, single host event with 1:12 on-road in 1996-2000
IFMAR 1:10 235mm Touring Car World Championship Individual 2000 United States Brian Berry (2002) Defunct Biennial until 2002
IFMAR 1:12 Electric Track World Championship — Stock Individual 1982 United States Bud Bartos (1984) Defunct Biennial until 1984
Sailing Over 80 Various Titles Individuals and Teams Annually See World Championships in Sailing
ISAF Open Match Racing World Championship Individuals Boats 1998 2016 Annual
ISAF Open Match Racing World Championship National Teams of 2/3 boats 1998 2017 Biennial
Shooting ISSF World Cup Individuals 1988 Winners in 15 events (2015) 2016 One year
Skeleton Skeleton World Cup Individuals 1986-87 (men), 1996-97 (women) Two champions (2015-16) 2016-17 One year
Ski Jumping FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Individuals 1979–80 Slovenia Peter Prevc (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
National Team  ?  Norway (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
Ski orienteering World Cup in Ski Orienteering Individual and nations  ???  ???  ???  ???
Slot car racing ISRA World Championship Individual 1992 Winners in 4 classes 2015 Annual
Speed skating Speed Skating World Cup Individuals and Nations 1985–86 Winners in 12 events (2015–16) 2016–17 One year
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 2014 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 (2015) 2017 Biennial
Team compound
male – female pair
1995 South Korea South Korea (2015) 2017 Biennial
Badminton BWF World Championships Mixed Doubles 1977 China Zhang Nan & Zhao Yunlei (2015) 2017 Annual Not held in Summer Olympic years.
Sudirman Cup Nations 1989  China (2015) 2017 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 France France (2016) 2017 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  Russia (2016) 2017 Annual
Figure skating World Figure Skating Championships National pairs
male – female pair
from the same nation
1908 Canada Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (2016) 2017 Annual
Ice Dance
male – female pair
from the same nation
1952 France Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (2016)
Luge FIL World Luge Championships Nations 1989 Germany Natalie Geisenberger
Felix Loch
Tobias Wendl /Tobias Arlt(2016)
2017 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 Female or Mixed Pair 2007 Ongoing Annual
Mixed Nacra 17 World Championship Mixed Pair 2013 Ongoing Annual
Synchronized skating World Synchronized Skating Championships Teams 2000 Russia Paradise (2016) 2017 Annual
Ten-Pin Bowling QubicaAMF World Cup Individuals 1965 Hong Kong Wu Siu Hong (men)
ColombiaClara Guerero (women)
(2015)
2016 Annual
Tennis Hopman Cup National teams
male – female pair
1989  Australia (2016) 2017 Annual Competitions are played in traditional order: women's singles, men's singles, and mixed doubles
Touch football (rugby league) Touch Football World Cup Nations 1988  Australia (both men and women)
(2015)
2019 Four years
Triathlon ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships National teams of two men and two women 2003 France (2015) 2016 Annual

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Note: Auto racing events make no distinction between male and female competitors.
  2. ^ a b c 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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "UCI_Road_TTT" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  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. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Motorcycle" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b "Future of Rugby World Cup Sevens confirmed" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Sport, Frank Keogh BBC. "Reanne Evans: Ladies' champion to face men in world qualifiers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  7. ^ 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.