The World Single Bowling Championships is a global event open to members of the World Bowling. This new event gives World Bowling a world championship event every year, filling a void left from previous years. Each eligible country can send up to two men and two women to compete.
The first WB World Singles Championships was held on September 18-26, 2012 in Limassol, Cyprus at the Galactica Bowling Center and subsequently will be held every four years. The next edition will be held on December 4-11, 2016 at Qatar Bowling Center in Doha. The event is split up into two separate tournaments, one for men and one for women.
In the first WTBA World Singles Championships, each bowler bowled 12 games of qualifying split into two six game blocks. The top 24 men and women, by total pinfall, advanced to single-elimination match play. The top eight men and women after qualifying received a first round bye. The first round of single elimination match play consists of the remaining sixteen bowlers (from 9th position all the way to 24th position) on both the men and women bowling head-to-head matches, best of five game format. These sixteen bowlers will be ranked in a bracket format (so 9 vs 24, 10 vs 23, etc.). The second round consists of the eight winners from the first round (men and women) bowling the eight bowlers (top eight men and top eight women) who had first round byes in similar best of five matches, bracket format. The eight winners (eight men and eight women) in second round matches advance to the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals are best of five matches. The four winners (four men, four women) from the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. The semifinals are one game matches. The semifinal losers will receive a bronze medal. The winners of the semifinal matches (two men and two women) advance to the final. The finals is a one game match to determine the gold medalist and the silver medalist for both the men and women.
For the first WB World Singles Championships, all games were played on one lane condition. The lane condition was selected by a WB technical delegate from a bank of WTBA lane patterns to be a medium pattern 41 feet in length.