It’s that magical time of year! The Cheerleading Worlds 2018 is just around the corner, and soon the best cheerleading teams and programs in the world will make their way to Orlando, Florida for another epic showdown. The Cheerleading Worlds 2018 takes place April 28-30, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. 

As is the case every year, how and when teams progress through each round is different for divisions based on whether their Senior or International and the number of teams in a particular division. Thankfully, USASF has simplified the overall schedule so all prelims, semi-finals, and finals happen on the same days – Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, respectively. 

The biggest change this year is that in Senior divisions with more than 40 registered teams, 15 teams will advance to finals instead of the normal 10. This will likely affect the Extra Small, Extra Small Coed, Small Senior, and Small Senior Coed divisions. 

THIS IS NOT THE BLOCK SCHEDULE!

 
 

When Each Division Competes and Advances

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Prelims 

Senior Divisions

  • Extra Small (At-Large bids only) 
  • Extra Small Coed (At-Large bids only) 
  • Senior Small (At-Large bids only) 
  • Senior Small Coed (At-Large bids only) 
  • Senior Medium (At-Large bids only) 
  • Senior Medium Coed (At-Large bids only) 

Note: Divisions with 10 or fewer at-large bid teams competing will not have a prelims round. 

Who Advances: 

The top 10 prelims teams will move on to compete in the semi-final round on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. 

However in the Small Senior, and Small Senior Coed divisions, if there are more than 40 teams competing in the preliminary round, they will split into Group A and B. The top 10 teams from each group will move on to compete in the Semi-Final round. Cheer Theory note: based on current bids, it’s going to be extremely close to 40. 

U.S. Worlds Trials 

  • International Open Small Coed 5 
  • International Open Large Coed 5 

Who Advances: 

The top 10 U.S. teams in each division (IOLC5/IOSC5) will move on to the Semi-Finals round with all of the non-United States teams. 

Canadian Worlds Trials 

  • International Open 5 
  • International Open Small Coed 5

Who Advances:

The top 10 Canadian teams in each division (IO5/IOSC5) will advance to the Semi-Finals round with all the non-Canadian teams. 

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Semi-Finals

Senior Divisions

  • Extra Small Senior (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Extra Small Senior Coed (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Small Senior (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Small Senior Coed (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Medium Senior (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Medium Senior Coed (Advancing teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Large Senior (At-Large teams + Full Paid bid teams) 
  • Large Senior Coed (At-Large teams + Full Paid bid teams)  

Who Advances:

The top 10 semi-final teams will move on to the final round on Monday, April 20, 2018. 

NEW THIS YEAR: Any SENIOR CLUB division with 40 or more total teams registered to compete will advance 15 teams to the final round (instead of 10). Cheer Theory note: based on bids – this will likely affect Extra Small Senior, Extra Small Coed, Small Senior, and Small Coed. 

International Divisions

  • International Open 5 (Advancing Canadian teams + all At-Large and Full Paid teams) 
  • International Open 6 (At-Large teams + Full Paid teams) 
  • International Open Small Coed 5 (Advancing US and Canadian teams +all At-Large and Full Paid teams)
  • International Open Large Coed 5 (Advancing US teams +all At-Large and Full Paid teams) 
  • International Open Small Coed 6 (At-Large teams + Full Paid teams) 
  • International Open Large Coed 6 (At-Large teams + Full Paid teams) 

Who Advances:

A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country in each international division will progress to the final round. 

Monday, April 30, 2018 – Finals

  • All Senior Divisions (top 10 or 15 depending on division) 
  • All International Open Divisions (top 3 from each country) 

And on this day, there will be 14 new WORLD CHAMPION teams!

This information can be found and verified in the Cheerleading Worlds 2018 Registration Information Competition Guidelines on USASF’s websites, here starting on page 4. 

Awarded Cheerleading Worlds 2018 bids