World Cup qualification is determined by a player’s position in the Order of Merit after the completion of the six world ranking events in the season.

Players can accumulate ranking points by competing in any number of these open events. Full details are shown here:

The top four ranked players for each country featured in the Order of Merit after the final ranking event of the season are invited to take their place at the World Cup.

A ‘Rest Of The World’ team can also qualify. This team will consist of the top four ranked players from the countries who do not have enough players included on the Order of Merit to field a team in their own right.

A player’s country is determined one of three ways.

  • Place of residency
  • Place of birth
  • Parent’s nationality

In the first instance the SMPT will use the place of residency as the default country for who a player will represent. A player may change this by submitting proof to the SMPT of either their place of birth or their parent’s nationality. Once verified, the player may change their country of representation. All relevant evidence must be given to the SMPT no later than the completion of that player’s first ranking event in any given season.

If a player who has qualified cannot take part in the World Cup they will be replaced by the next highest qualifying player from that country on the Order of Merit list. The new player will take the 4th spot in the team, with any of the original qualifiers moving up one spot.

If no replacement player is available from the Order of Merit then the SMPT may, at its discretion, invite another player from outside of the Order of Merit, who also meets one of the three criteria above for the same country.

The SMPT may, at its discretion, invite teams from countries not listed in the SMPT Order of Merit. This will be permitted to promote the sport in these countries.

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Rules: World Cup

  • Each country’s number one seed will be the team captain who will be responsible for ensuring players are ready for play and any marking duties. The captain will also be responsible for making the coin toss at the start of each game and collecting completed and signed scorecards and returning them to the desk.
  • If a player is replaced in a team the new player will occupy fourth spot. Remaining players will move up a spot if a player above them has been replaced.
  • A team may participate with three players under exceptional circumstances and with the approval of theSMPT. All other qualifying criteria must also have been exhausted. Any team participating with three players will lose one point per game and lose a shot difference equal to one shot per end.
  • 10 ends to be played in the group stage, unless stated otherwise.
  • 12 ends to be played in the knockout stages, unless stated otherwise.
  • Captains toss for start across all four matches.
  • Two dead ends allowed per player, the third and subsequent dead ends will be three shots away, end played, unless it happens on the final end where it will be three shots away and end replayed.
  • One point for individual match wins.
  • Half point for a tied match.
  • Two points for aggregate shot difference across all 4 matches.
  • In the event of a 3-3 tie in the Knockout Stages a tie-break will be used to determine the winner.


  • All four players will participate. Players will play the opponent they have just played and on the same mat. Captains will toss a coin, the winner decides to take the jack on the first & third end or the second end on all mats. Players three & four play first to a completion, and then players one & two next. If mats are tied 2-2 then players one will play a one off sudden death extra end. Toss for start.
  • Best of three ends.
  • Shots do not count, just winning the end.
  • Two bowls per player. One dead end per player allowed. Subsequent dead ends result in that player losing the end.
  • No touchers.
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Bowls Trader World Cup & UK Open draws

The draws for the 2018 Bowls Trader World Cup and UK Open have now been made. You can see all the groups below.

Bowls Trader World Cup

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UK Open

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You will be sent confirmation once your entry has been approved.

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