Separate World Championships are organised for men, women children, juniors and masters on an annual basis in different locations.
Events are open to IFBB-affiliated national federations and participation of athletes is limited to A and B teams, which are selected following qualifying competitions in each country.
These Championships provide the most number of points towards the IFBB Elite World Rankings.
The places and dates of the 2019 IFBB World Championships are:
World Children's Championships - Location TBC, June 27 to 30
World Men’s Championships - United Arab Emirates, November 5 to 10
World Women’s Professional Championships - Macau, China, November 14 to 18
World Junior Championships - Hungary, November 22 to 24
World Fit Model Championships - Latvia, Riga, November 23 to 25
World Fitness Championships - Slovakia, November 29 to December 1
World Masters Championships - Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 13 to 16