Gender Policy

Rationale for restricted events

The WCF believe that there is both demand and need for restricted events. These include not only our Women’s events, but also the age limited events. These events are proven to have significant demand, encourage participation and provide global competition for players who would not otherwise get the opportunity to play in international events. They help with the development and growth of our sport and allow an opportunity to meet and compete with players from other countries.

IOC Gender Framework

The WCF has reviewed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) framework published on 8th November 2021 and believe that the principles of inclusion, preventing harm and non-discrimination, as defined by the IOC framework, are suitable for croquet. For further information in relation to the IOC Framework, please see: IOC-Framework-Fairness-Inclusion-Non-discrimination-2021.pdf (

Guidance notes for Players and Hosts

The WCF recognises that the law regarding transgender individuals may differ from country to country. Where there are conflicts with our policy arising from national law, Event Host regulations, club or local by-laws, or local custom, the Event Hosts must make these clear to the WCF in their Event Bid.

In support of the eligibility criteria contained with the policy below, players should ensure that their gender identity is correctly reflected in the WCF World Rankings databases.

Our Policy

WCF Gender Policy v.1


WCF Gender Policy Review
11th April 2024

The gender review group have held three meetings and considered the current policy, published research and content from a range of sporting bodies.

The Group is on track to provide recommendations to the WCF Management Committee within the original timeline.

WCF Gender Policy Review
31st January 2024

In April 2022 Members voted to approve the WCF Gender Policy. The policy was based on the positions taken by various global Sporting organisations, but primarily a framework on fairness, inclusion and non-discrimination identity and sex variations issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in November 2021.

When Members voted on the current policy in March 2022, the WCF Management Committee (MC) advised Members that it would be monitored and reviewed as needed.

The WCF have now held three events under the current policy: the European Women’s GC Championship in July 20223, the AC Women’s World Championship in January 2023 and the GC Women’s World Championship in August 2023. The MC decided to initiate a review of the policy at their Management Meeting on 30 October 2023. It was agreed to create a ‘Gender Policy Review Group’ (GRG) who would work with the WCF on this review.

WCF Women’s Championships are held every four years, and ERC events approximately every 2 years. Any review will necessarily take some time, so the 2024 European Women’s Championship will be governed by the existing policy.

As of 1 January 2024, the MC are pleased to announce that the group has been formed and discussions have commenced. The nominations from Australia, Egypt, England, New Zealand, Spain and the USCA have produced a Review Group of six people, each bringing with them skills and knowledge both from croquet and from their previous professions, including law, diplomacy, business management and consultancy. They all have a desire to work together to fully review all aspects of this complex subject. In due course, their findings and recommendations will form the basis of any recommendations put to Members for consultation.

The ‘Terms of Reference’ for the GRG have been agreed and can be found here: WCF Gender Review Group Terms of Reference 13th May 2024

Please note: the WCF policy is in place to provide entry criteria and regulations for WCF World Championships. It is only relevant to global events. Members own gender policies may be entirely different. Their policies are likely to be relevant to play across all standards, at clubs as well as at tournaments.