There are two levels of events that get you to the World Championships: Global Qualifiers and Continental Championships. There are four categories of skaters: Select Pro, Tour Challenger, Event Wildcard, and Open Skater. Details are below.
Only Select Pros and Tour Challengers skate in these events. Tour Challengers earn points to qualify for the World Championships. There are also two additional Event Wildcard spots at each Global Qualifiers stop.
Open to anyone from that region. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included. The winner of each one is qualified to skate in the World Championships.
The region you're from determines the Continental Championship you enter. Proof of citizenship determines your regional eligibility. Dual citizenship individuals will have some flexibility to determine their region, but once a decision is made and a regional event is entered, no changes can be made.
Open to anyone from that country. Consists of both Men's and Women's, all ages included. The winner of each one gets a spot in the Semi-Finals of the associated Continental Championships.
Check the current season rankings here.
The top 5 Tour Challengers in the Season Rankings will join the 15 Select Pros and 5 Continental Champions in the World Championships.
Points are earned for each placing at each Global Qualifiers stop. Points from your best 3 out of 5 stops count towards your final Season Ranking. Select Pros are not included in the rankings, as they already have a spot in the World Championships.
Event Wildcards do not earn points. Their path to the World Championships is through their region's Continental Championship.
Ties in Season Rankings will be broken by going to each skater's highest placing for the season in their most advanced event. First the Finals, then looking to the Semi-Finals, etc. Further ties will be broken at the Head Judge's discretion.
Click here for the full schedule of Global Qualfiers and Continental Championships events.
There is one global stop for female Select Pros and Tour Challengers in Huntington Beach. Everyone else in the field of female skaters must skate the Continental Championships in their region to earn a spot in the World Championships.
With only one Global Qualifiers stop in Huntington Beach, season rankings and points currently don't apply to Women's events. The top 7 Tour Pros at this stop Qualify for the World Championships to meet the 3 Select Pros and 5 Continental Champions. The 3 Select Pros must skate the Global Qualifiers stop in Huntington Beach to earn their spot in the World Championships.
Continental Champions get a spot in the World Championships at the end of the season.
National Championships get a spot directly in the Semi-Finals at the Continental Championships for their region.