2021 World Games

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XI World Games
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Host city Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Opening ceremony July 15
Closing ceremony July 25
Main venue Legion Field
Website theworldgames2021.com

The 2021 World Games will be the eleventh World Games, a major international multi-sport event, meant for sports, or disciplines or events within a sport, that were not contested in the Olympic Games. It is scheduled to be held from July 15 to 25, 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. It was chosen by the International World Games Association on January 22, 2015.[1]

Bidding process[edit]

Birmingham's bid was presented by David Benck, Edgar Welden, and Lil Scotty Meyers. The cities that bid for the 2021 games were:

The final decision was announced on January 22, 2015 in Lausanne, awarding the games to Birmingham.[2][3]

In addition to Legion Field, Barber Motorsports Park will also be a prime venue for the games.


Sports at the 2021 World Games (and federation):[4]

Artistic & Dance Sport

  • DanceSport (WDSF)
  • Gymnastics (FIG)

Martial Arts

  • Ju-Jitsu (JJIF)
  • Karate (WKF)
  • Kickboxing (WAKO)
  • Muaythai (IFMA)
  • Sumo (IFS)

Ball Sports

  • Canoe Polo (ICF)
  • Fistball (IFA)
  • Floorball (IFF)
  • Team Handball (IHF)
  • Korfball (IKF)
  • Lacrosse (FIL)
  • Racquetball (IRF)
  • Softball (WBSC)
  • Squash (WSF)

Precision Sports

  • Archery (WA)
  • Billiards (WCBS)
  • Boules Sports (CMSB)
  • Bowling (WB)

Strength Sports

  • Powerlifting (IPF)
  • Tug of War (TWIF)

Trend Sports

  • Air Sports (FAI)
  • Finswimming (CMAS)
  • Flying Disc (WFDF)
  • Lifesaving (ILS)
  • Orienteering (IOF)
  • Roller Sports (World Skate)
  • Sport Climbing (IFSC)
  • Waterski & Wakeboard (IWWF)

The disciplines that will be included from each sport will be published later in 2018.


  1. ^ Bryant, JosephD. (January 22, 2015). "Birmingham wins! City chosen as site for 2021 World Games". www.al.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ "World Games win an affirmation: It's time to believe in Birmingham again". www.al.com. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham chosen to host 2021 World Games". www.abc3340.com. January 22, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sports Programme for TWG2021". International World Games Association. Retrieved 2018-04-16.