Eligibilty - Age Criteria for Youth and Senior Events

NZ Bridge has adopted the World Bridge Federation eligibility criteria for participating in Senior and Youth Events as follows:

Senior Events

On the 19th August 2017, the World Bridge Federation Executive Council decided to raise the age requirement for Senior players to 65 over the following 8 years in accordance with the following schedule:

From 1st January 2018, a Senior player must be aged 61 or older in the year of the Championship in which they are going to play

  • On 1st January 2020, it will be raised to 62 years of age
  • On 1st January 2022, it will be raised to 63 years of age
  • On 1st January 2024, it will be raised to 64 years of age
  • On 1st January 2026, it will be raised to 65 years of age  

See table below

   YEAR Born on or before
  2022 31st December 1958
  2023 31st December 1959
  2024 31st December 1959
  2025 31st December 1960
  2026 31st December 1960



The age is set at 24 years old or younger i.e. the oldest is turning 25 in the calendar year in question.  See the table below

   YEAR Born after
  2022 31st December 1996
  2023 31st December 1997
  2024 31st December 1998
  2025 31st December 1999
  2026 31st December 2000


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