This contest, the oldest WBF Championship, grew out of private initiatives principally by the late Norman Bach . The first world championship for the Bermuda Bowl was held in 1950, in Bermuda, eight years before the World Bridge Federation itself was formed. After the first event of the series, the Bermuda Bowl developed into a regular challenge match between the USA and the winners of the European Championship, but in 1957 the contest widened to included teams representing other zones of the WBF.

In 1974, in Venice, Italy, a new event was launched, the Venice Cup. It started as a challenge match between women's teams from the USA and Italy (Europe 's representative) and today it is the equivalent of Bermuda Bowl for women, organized under the same laws and format.

A third series, the Senior Bowl, for senior players was added in 2001. Ernesto d'Orsi, Past President of the WBF and a member of the WBF Committee of Honour and the WBF Executive Council, presented the d'Orsi Seniors Trophy for the winners of this Championship at the World Teams Championships held in Brazil in 2009.

The World Team Championships are contested every odd-numbered year.

The World Transnational Open Team Championship was added to the program in 1997.

Year
Event
Venue
Winners
Bermuda Bowl
Venice Cup
Senior Bowl
2013 41 Bali, Indonesia ITALY  USA2  USA2 
2011 40 Veldhoven, Netherlands NETHERLANDS  FRANCE  FRANCE 
2009 39 Sao Paulo, Brazil USA 2  CHINA  ENGLAND 
2007 38 Shanghai, China NORWAY  USA 1  USA 2 
2005 37 Estoril, Portugal ITALY  FRANCE  USA 1 
2003 36 Monte Carlo, Monaco USA 1  USA 1  USA 1 
2001 35 Paris, France USA 2  GERMANY  USA 2 
2000 34 Southampton, Bermuda USA 1  NETHERLANDS   
1997 33 Hammamet, Tunisia FRANCE  USA 1   
1995 32 Beijing, China USA 2  GERMANY   
1993 31 Santiago, Chile NETHERLANDS  USA 2   
1991 30 Yokohama, Japan ICELAND  USA 2   
1989 29 Perth, Australia BRAZIL  USA   
1987 28 Ocho Rios, Jamaica USA  USA 2   
1985 27 Sao Paolo, Brazil USA  GREAT BRITAIN   
1983 26 Stockholm, Sweden USA 1     
1981 25 New York, U.S.A. USA  GREAT BRITAIN   
1979 24 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil NORTH AMERICA  USA   
1977 23 Manila, Philippines NORTH AMERICA     
1976 22 Monte Carlo, Monaco NORTH AMERICA  USA   
1975 21 Southampton, Bermuda ITALY     
1974 20 Venice, Italy ITALY  USA   
1973 19 Guaruja, Brazil ITALY     
1971 18 Taipei, Chinese Taipei ACES     
1970 17 Stockholm, Sweden USA     
1969 16 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ITALY     
1967 15 Miami, U.S.A. ITALY     
1966 14 St. Vincent, Italy ITALY     
1965 13 Buenos Aires, Argentina ITALY     
1963 12 St. Vincent, Italy ITALY     
1962 11 New York, U.S.A. ITALY     
1961 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina ITALY     
1959 9 New York, U.S.A. ITALY     
1958 8 Como, Italy ITALY     
1957 7 New York, U.S.A. ITALY     
1956 6 Paris, France FRANCE     
1955 5 New York, U.S.A. GREAT BRITAIN     
1954 4 Monte Carlo, Monaco USA     
1953 3 New York, U.S.A. USA     
1951 2 Naples, Italy USA     
1950 1 Bermuda, Bermuda USA