World Archery has held World Championships since 1931.
Competitions were held in four events: an individual event for men and women and a team event for men and women from 1931 to 1993.
In 1995 the Compound Bow Division was added for men and women and for men's and women's teams.
Photo Courtesy Emil Heilborn:
Competitors and Officials attending 1931 World Championships
Target World Championships were organised every single year until 1959 (with a few exceptions), but since then they have been held every two years only.
WORLD FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first World Field Championships were held in 1959, but the second championship was not held until then years later. World Field Championships are now organised every two years.
WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
This is a recent competition. The first organised World Indoor Championships took place in 1991.
WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS
1991 was the first World Youth Championships, in Sandefjord, Norway. The Compound Division and the Olympic Round head-to-head format were introduced for the 1994 Championships, in Roncegno, Italy.