The Pétanque World Championship was first contested in 1959 and from 2010 the World Championship has been limited to 48 countries and held every two years. The qualifying competition for the World Championship is now the European Championship, organised by the European Governing body, the Confédération Européenne de Pétanque (CEP).
In 2012 the World Championship was changed from an open class (mixed sex) to male teams only.
World Championships organised by the FIPJP are run over a two year cycle. In the even numbered years the following Championship takes place:
- Triples: Men and Precision Shooting.
In odd numbered years the following Championships take place:
- Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles: Men and Women.
- Triples: Juniors and Precision Shooting.
- Triples: Women and Precision Shooting.
Wales will not be represented at the World championships in 2019.
The Teams representing Wales were entirely self-funded, and are extremely grateful to all those who so kindly provided sponsorship or made donations. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the Welsh Squad, then please contact a member of the current WPA Executive.
Year Country 2008 Senegal Men D Jones D Elston P Westall T Smith 2009 Thailand Women B Vaughan G Foster J Brace G Evans 2009 Tunisia Junior S Lipetz-Robic J Lipetz-Robic R Lee K Gregory 2010 Turkey Men M Franks P Bradshaw N Dobbins C Royer 2011 Turkey Women B Vaughan G Foster J Brace G Evans 2013 France Women J Bailey G Foster T Mayfield G Evans 2015 France Singles: Men J Caston 2017 Belgium Singles: Men P Bradshaw 2017 Belgium Singles: Women G Foster 2017 Belgium Doubles: Men P Bradshaw I Bailey 2017 Belgium Doubles: Women G Evans G Foster 2017 Belgium Doubles: Mixed G Evans I Bailey 2019 Spain Singles: Men M Howells 2019 Spain Singles: Women G Foster 2019 Spain Doubles: Men R Harris M Howells 2019 Spain Doubles: Women T Mayfield G Foster 2019 Spain Doubles: Mixed T Mayfield R Harris
The World Championship in Precision Shooting started in 2000 and has been contested at every World Championship since.
Year Competition 2008 World Championship D Jones 2009 World Championship J Brace 2009 World Championship R Lee - Junior 2009 European Championship N Dobbins 2010 World Championship N Dobbins 2010 European Championship B Demay 2011 World Championship J Brace 2011 European Championship N Dobbins 2012 European Championship T Mayfield 2013 World Championship G Evans 2013 European Championship I Bailey 2014 European Championship G Evans 2015 European Championship P Westall 2016 European Championship G Foster 2017 European Championship P Westall 2018 European Championship G Foster 2019 European Championship