World Youth Scrabble® Championship

This fantastic event takes place every year in a different part of the world.

In 2016 it is happening in Lille, France from Sat 27 August to Monday 29 August.

The WYSC is open to players under the age of 18 at the end of the year. It not only gives players the opportunity to show their Scrabble skills but it is a great way of making friends with others from varied cultures.


Young people are strongly encouraged to play Scrabble tournaments regularly in their own country and internationally. Here are some which are highly recommended for young players:

  • Princess Cup: (November) An annual tournament in Bangkok, Thailand - U21
  • Astar Scrabble Challenge International: (April) Organised by the University of Malaya, with sections for U12, U15, U18 and Open
  • Causeway Youth Championship (November) - U21. In Johor Bahru, Malaysia before the Causeway Challenge
  • WESPA Championship (every odd numbered year)
Major Scrabble tournaments are recognised by the World English Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) and you can see a list of upcoming tournaments at the WESPA website.


  • Websites
    The WESPA website has information about international English language Scrabble including ratings, the Australian Youth Scrabble site has news about Youth Scrabble in Australia and overseas.
  • Online play
    Mindsports Academy
    Internet Scrabble Club
  • Facebook
    Facebook is restricted to those aged over 13.
    There is a facility for playing Scrabble against your Facebook friends (Scrabble Mattel app).
    There are interest groups such as Scrabble Snippetz with posts of interest to Scrabble players.
    If you would like structured competition, you can join the Facebook Scrabble League. (Search FSL Scrabble League on Facebook)
  • National Scrabble Associations
    See the WESPA website for contact details for National Scrabble Associations.
  • On Line Books
    Koala Coaching Clinic - Basic Strategy
    The Scrabble Players Handbook - Advanced Strategy
  • Computer programs
    The Scrabble Tools section of the Collins Dictionary website has several useful programs including Collins Zyzzyva and Collins Wordlist for LeXpert


The official word list for Scrabble tournaments throughout the realm of the World English Language Scrabble Players Association (WESPA) is Collins Scrabble Words 2015.
[Hardcover - ISBN 9780007589166, Softcover - ISBN 9780007589081]

The official word list is also published as a dictionary
[ISBN 9780007589135]

Here are some useful lists


Here are some useful lists and quizzes.
Print them out to test yourself.


The WYSC has been contested every year since 2006. The winners are listed here, but there are many more prizes awarded, which you can see when you click the links to see the event coverage from the past.





2016 Lille (FRA) to be played 27th to 29th August 2016
2015Perth (AUS) Nicholas Hong Singapore
2014Colombo (LKA) Jack Durand England
2013Dubai (UAE) Moizullah Baig Pakistan
2012Birmingham (UK) Michael McKenna Australia
2011Johor Bahru (MYS)Anand BharadwajAustralia
2010Manila (PHI) Ker Jen Ho Malaysia
2009Johor Bahru (MYS)Ong SuanneMalaysia
2008Penang (MYS)Charnrit KhongthanaratThailand
2007Johor Bahru (MYS)Toh WeibinSingapore
2006Wollongong (AUS)David EldarAustralia