Player Eligibility criteria for participation in international Backgammon events


The World Backgammon Federation (WBGF)
The World Backgammon Internet Federation (WBIF)


As of 1st January 2020, in order for any individual (a Player) to request to participate on behalf of a nation (the Nominated Nation) in any international backgammon events sanctioned or otherwise run by the WBGF or the WBIF (each an Event) one of the following eligibility criteria (the Criteria) must be satisfied. Once a Player has represented their Nominated Nation, notwithstanding the subsequent satisfaction of the Criteria, the player will not be eligible to represent an alternative nation for a period of three calendar years from the player’s last representation of their Nominated Nation.

Eligibility Criteria 

1. The Player is a citizen of the Nominated Nation; or
2. The Player is ordinarily resident in the Nominated Nation; or
3. The Player was born in the Nominated Nation; or
4. The Player has a strong and demonstrable direct cultural, ethnic or family connection to the Nominated Nation.


When requested by the WBGF or the WBIF, the Player must provide evidence to support their request. The WBGF and the WBIF in consultation shall determine the sufficiency of such evidence in their sole discretion and shall be entitled to conduct any further enquiries as they may deem necessary or appropriate in order to determine whether the Criteria have been satisfied. There will be no appeal permitted from the decision of the WBGF and the WBIF.

Changing Your Represented Nation

Please click the following link to see a list of players who have formally requested to change their registered nation with the WBGF. Please contact us if you are a player who wishes to officially change countries.

1st November 2019 (Updated 16th August 2020)