2018 O50 GCWC
The Current World Champions
The principal function of the WCF is to organise the holding of World Championships in both Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. These are divided into three categories - the premier or open singles events, the restricted singles events and the team events.
The premier World Championships
The Association Croquet World Championship and the Golf Croquet World Championship are the two individual World Championships. Their entry is unrestricted and they are normally held every two years.
Stephen Mulliner (England), champion since April 2016. The next ACWC will be held in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2018.
Reg Bamford (South Africa), champion since March 2017. The next GCWC will be held in England in July/August 2019.
The restricted World Championships
There are four restricted individual World Championships which are held every four years except for the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship which is held shortly before each Golf Croquet World Championship.
Women's Association Croquet
Miranda Chapman (England), champion since August 2015. The next WACWC will be held in 2019.
Women's Golf Croquet
Judith Hanekom (South Africa), champion since November 2014. The next WGCWC will be held in 2018.
Over 50 Golf Croquet
Salah Hassan (Egypt), champion since October 2014. The next Over-50 GCWC will be held in 2018.
Under 21 Golf Croquet
Felix Webby (New Zealand), champion since February 2017. The next Under 21 GCWC will be held in 2019.
The team World Championships
Tier 1 - the MacRobertson Shield
Australia, champions since May 2017. The next MacRobertson Shield contest will be held in Australia in 2021.
Wales, holders since July 2017. The next Tier 2.1 championship will be held in 2021.
Canada and Sweden, joint holders since July 2017. The next Tier 2.2 championship will be held in 2021.
Germany, holders since July 2017. The next Tier 3 championship will be held in 2021.
Tier 1 - the Openshaw Shield
New Zealand, champions since May 2016. The next Tier 1 championship will be held in 2020.
Australia, holders since May 2016. The next Tier 2 championship will be held in 2020.
Norway, holders since May 2016. The next Tier 3 championship will be held in 2020.
The WCF was founded in 1988 and celebrated the first Association Croquet World Championship in September 1989 at the Hurlingham Club in south-west London. The recognition of Golf Croquet as a serious alternative code gathered pace in the early 1990s, assisted by the discovery of Egypt as a powerhouse of GC expertise. This led to the holding of the first Golf Croquet World Championship in Italy in 1996.