At the Meeting of the WBF Executive Council held on 27th September 2018 in Orlando, Florida, USA, it was unanimously agreed that the gender of a participant in the WBF Championships should be taken as that shown in the ID/Passport. This is a binding requirement of eligibility to participate in the WBF Championships and Events.
The regulation regarding the age of players in Youth events was definitively adopted in San Paolo 2009 and confirmed in Philadelphia 2010 by the Executive Council, and has been in force since January 1st 2011.
On 25th September 2018 in Orlando the Executive Council decided to change the names of the Youth Categories to simply reflect their ages: from Juniors, Girls, Youngster & Kids to Under 26 Open (U26), Under 26 Women (U26W), Under 21 (U21) and Under 16 (U16). At the meetings held in Wuhan in 2019, a further category of Under 31 Open (U31) was added.
Unless otherwise stated in the Supplemental Conditions of Contest for the event, players competing in the U31 event must not have achieved their 30th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. Players in the U26 and U26W must not have achieved their 25th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. In the case of special events (e.g. for younger players or University events) the Supplementary Conditions of Contest shall detail the age requirements. Players competing in U21 events must not have achieved their 20th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place. Players in U16 events must not have achieved their 15th birthday by 31st December of the year prior to the year in which the competition is to take place.
Special regulations regarding due to the disruption created by the pandemic causing, amongst other things, difficulties in recruiting and training young players, the WBF made an exception to the age restrictions for the 2023 WYTC only. The first information letter for the event, with the exact details concerning the age restrictions can be downloaded here.
19 August 2017 : The WBF Executive Council decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over the next 8 years in accordance with the following schedule:
- From 1st January 2018, a Senior player must have achieved the age of 61 in the year of the Championship in which he is going to play
- From 1st January 2020 this minimum age requirement will be raised to 62
- From 1st January 2022 this minimum age requirement will be raised to 63
- From1st January 2024 this minimum age requirement will be raised to 64
- From 1st January 2026 this minimum age requirement will be raised to 65
Update 28 May 2020. At a meeting of the WBF Management Committee held on this date, it was unanimously decided to abolish the eligibility requirement stated below.
Only NBOs participating in the World Bridge Games are eligible to qualify to participate in the Bermuda Bowl and Venice Cup Championships held in either of the two subsequent odd-numbered years. In each case, an Open Team or at least one Open Pair must participate in the Games in order to be eligible for the Bermuda Bowl and a Women’s Team or at least one Women’s Pair must participate to be eligible for the Venice Cup. There are no such criteria for the d’Orsi Seniors Bowl or the Mixed Teams Championship.
All participants in the WBF Zonal Championships are required to be registered in the WBF Database and have provided a valid, signed WBF Commitment form and a recent photograph for display on the website. You can check whether you are registered by clicking here to go to our People Finder section and following the instructions. You need only enter your family name, it is not necessary to enter your country as well. Please note that if you have, for any reason, changed your family name you should check both your previous and current names to avoid any possible duplication of your record. If you are registered but for a different country from the one you wish to represent, please check the WBF Eligibility Regulations and contact both your NBO and Anna Gudge immediately as you should not play for a country if you are not eligible to do so.
If you are not registered, then please:
- Go to this page where you should read the instructions carefully, download and complete the registration form and follow the link on the page to download the Commitment form which must be sent at the same time, and send them with your photograph to email@example.com.
- If you are already correctly registered for the country you will be representing, then please email Anna Gudge and request a digital Commitment form that you will then be able to complete, read and sign.
- Send in a photograph of yourself. This should be head and shoulders, in good resolution and in focus. A selfie is fine and as it is for display as well as for badges in future Championships it is nice if you are smiling!
Both completed forms and the photograph should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Players who are already registered and wish to update the photograph that is displayed with their record on the WBF Site should send in a new photograph to be used and it will be displayed the next time the site is updated.