There are 12 divisions that will compete at the Cheerleading Worlds 2017. There are three days of competition, Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals. Depending on a team’s division and bid type (at-large or paid), a team may or may not compete during Prelims. The criteria to advance to Semi-Finals and Finals is different for some divisions as well.

It can get a bit complicated and unless you’re willing to read through a 24-page PDF document, you might miss a few of the details. We outlined below when each of the 12 divisions will compete at the three-day competition in Prelims, Semi-Finals, and Finals. Any questions? Comment below or shoot us a message on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll help you out.

Disclaimer: this information was pulled from USASF’s official Registration Information & Competition Guidelines. We’ve checked our facts approximately 35 times, but if you think there’s an error, just holler and we’ll research it.



Senior Divisions

Small Senior 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Prelims

Small Senior teams who have at-large bids will be split into two groups, A and B, and will compete in a randomized order for Prelims. The top 10 in each of the two groups will advance to Semi-Finals on Sunday. Those 20 teams will join all Small Senior teams who have a full paid.

Sunday, April 30. 2017 – Semi-Finals

The 20 Small Senior teams from Semi-Finals will join the full paid bid winners. Performances will be reverse-seeded from prelims to the first 20 open spots. The top 10 will advance to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The top 10 Small Senior teams from Semi-Finals will compete in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


Small Senior Coed 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Prelims

Small Senior Coed teams who have at-large bids will be split into two groups, A and B, and will compete in a randomized order for Prelims. The top 10 in each of the two groups will advance to Semi-Finals on Sunday. Those 20 teams will join all Small Senior Coed teams who have a full paid.

Sunday, April 30. 2017 – Semi-Finals

The 20 Small Senior Coed teams from Semi-Finals will join the full paid bid winners. Performances will be reverse-seeded from prelims to the first 20 open spots. The top ten will advance to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The top 10 Small Senior Coed teams from Semi-Finals will compete in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


Medium Senior 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Prelims

Medium Senior teams who have at-large bids will compete in a randomized order. The top 10 will advance to Semi-Finals.

Note: Only 7 Medium Senior teams have at-large bids and the schedule shows that they will all make it to semi-finals!

Sunday, April 30. 2017 – Semi-Finals

The top 10 Medium Senior teams from prelims will compete against all full paid bid teams. Performances will be reverse-seeded from prelims to the first 10 open spots. The top ten will advance to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The top 10 Medium Senior teams from Semi-Finals will perform in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


Medium Senior Coed 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Prelims

Medium Senior Coed teams who have at-large bids will compete in a randomized order. The top 10 will advance to Semi-Finals.

Sunday, April 30. 2017 – Semi-Finals

The top 10 Medium Senior Coed teams from prelims will compete against all full paid bid teams. Performances will be reverse-seeded from Prelims to the first 10 open spots. The top ten will advance to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The top ten Medium Senior Coed teams will perform in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


Large Senior 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Semi-Finals

All Large Senior teams with at-large and full paid bids will compete against one another in a randomized order. The top 10 teams will advance to finals.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Finals

The top 10 Large Senior teams from Semi-Finals will compete in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


Large Senior Coed 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Semi-Finals

All Large Senior Coed teams with at-large and full paid bids will compete against one another in a randomized order. The top 10 teams will advance to finals.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Finals

The top 10 Large Senior Coed teams from Semi-Finals will compete in reverse-seeded order. Your new World Champions will be crowned!


International Divisions

International Open 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – Canadian Worlds Trial

All IO5 teams from Canada with an at-large, partial paid, or full paid bid must first compete against one another. The top 10 Canadian teams will advance to the Semi-Finals round and join teams from all other countries.

USASF/IASF will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies and medals to the top three teams and trophies to the fourth through tenth place IO5 teams who competed in the Candian Trials.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

The top 10 IO5 teams from the Canadian Worlds Trials and IO5 teams from all countries (with any bid type) will compete against one another. The three highest scoring IO5 teams from each country will progress to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IO5 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!


International Open Small Coed 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – U.S. Worlds Trials

U.S. Worlds Trials – all IOSC5 teams from the United States with an at-large or full paid bid must first compete against one another. The top 10 teams will advance to the Semi-Finals round and join teams from all other countries.

USASF/IASF will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies and medals to the top three teams and trophies to the fourth through tenth place teams in each of the US Worlds Trials divisions.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

The top 10 IOSC5 teams from the US Worlds Trials and all teams from non-US countries will compete against one another. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IOSC5 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!


International Open Large Coed 5

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – U.S. Worlds Trials

U.S. Worlds Trials – all IOLC5 teams from the United States with an at-large or full paid bid must first compete against one another. The top 10 teams will advance to the Semi-Finals round and join teams from all other countries.

The top 10 IOLC5 teams from the US Worlds Trials and all teams from non-US countries will compete against one another. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to Finals.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

The top 10 IOLC5 teams from US Worlds Trials plus all teams from non-US countries will compete against one another. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to Finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IOLC5 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!


International Open 6

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

All IO6 teams with at-large and full paid bids will compete in the Semi-Final round. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IO6 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!


International Open Small Coed 6

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

All IOSC6 teams with at-large and full paid bids will compete in the Semi-Final round. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IOSC6 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!


International Open Large Coed 6

Sunday, April 30, 2017 – Semi-Finals

All IOLC6 teams with at-large and full paid bids will compete in the Semi-Final round. A maximum of three of the highest scoring teams from each country will progress to finals.

Monday, May 1, 2017 – Finals

The three highest scoring IOLC6 teams from each country will compete in finals in reverse-seeded order. Your World Champions will be crowned!

USASF/IASF Nations Cup Championship

On top of normal awards in the international divisions, there will be an award for the top five countries in each of the international divisions. They will determine the winner by ranking each country’s highest scoring team in each division’s Finals round.

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