Association Croquet is the full international version of the sport, which is played by the majority of tournament croquet players.
The game is played by two players (or sides) each with two balls. The objective is to score 12 hoop-points and a peg-point with each ball before the other side does the same.
Through careful play, a player can keep the tactical advantage, hence improving his chances of winning by making life difficult for the opponent. More importantly, he can earn additional strokes, so allowing breaks to be played and scoring many hoop points in a single turn.
At top class play, a player may only require two turns to win the game.
Click here for a synopsis provided by the UK Croquet Association.