First held in 1966, the World Outdoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. From 2008 the men's and women's events are held together. Qualifying national bowls organisations (usually countries) are represented by a team of 5 players, who play once as a single and a four, then again as a pair and a triple. Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded in each of the 4 disciplines, and there is also a trophy for the best overall team -- the Leonard Trophy for men and the Taylor Trophy for women.
First held in 1930, the Commonwealth Games Bowls Championships for men and women are held every 4 years. Women's events were added from 1982. Four gold medals are competed for in the singles, pairs, triples and fours.
First held in 1979, the World Indoor Bowls Championships for men and women are held every year. There are currently five events, the open singles, the open pairs, the women's singles, the mixed pairs and open under-25 singles. It is currently organised by the World Bowls Tour and involves mainly Northern Hemisphere nations.
A leading outdoor event held annually between the winners of the respective National Championships.
A leading indoor event between selected players from member national authorities.
|World Cup Singles||2021||Warilla, New South Wales||tba|
|Hong Kong International Bowls Classic||2021||Hong Kong||August 2021|
|World Singles Champion of Champions||2021||Adelaide||19-26 November 2021|
|World Indoor Bowls Championships||2022||Yarmouth||January 2022|
|Commonwealth Games||2022||Birmingham||27 July - 7 August 2022|
|World Outdoor Bowls Championships||2023||Gold Coast, Queensland||2023|