Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I obtain a WCA ID and a WCA profile?
- How can I find a WCA competition?
- How can I register for a competition? Who can I refer to if I have problems registering for a competition?
- What are the requirements for attending a WCA competition? What do I need to know before attending a WCA competition?
- How can I have a WCA Competition in my hometown?
- What are the WCA accounts for? What is the difference between WCA accounts and WCA profiles?
- When are the results of a WCA competition uploaded to the WCA website?
- How do I change my profile picture?
- How do I connect my WCA account with my WCA ID?
- I am registered for a competition and want to sign up for an additional event, what should I do? Can I bring guests?
- Is my puzzle competition legal?
- May I use a magnetic puzzle in an official WCA competition?
- I lost a center cap or a piece of my puzzle. Am I still allowed to use it?
- How old do I have to be to register for a WCA competition?
If you have never competed before, go to a competition! A WCA ID and WCA profile will be created for you when the results from your first competition are published.
Check out our list of competitions
How can I register for a competition? Who can I refer to if I have problems registering for a competition?
Many competitions do registration right here on the WCA website, but some use their own systems. You should contact the organizers of the competition you want to compete in for more details.Search for a competition here:
What are the requirements for attending a WCA competition? What do I need to know before attending a WCA competition?
In general, there are not many requirements for a person to participate at a WCA competition. However, all participants of a competition are expected to have a good understanding of the WCA Regulations. If English is not your first language and you have trouble understanding the document, please read the Translations.
If you are interested in organizing a competition, it's highly recommended to attend at least one or two competitions as a competitor to learn from the experience.
WCA Competitions must follow the WCA Regulations. The organization team doesn't have to know the regulations by heart, however, a deep knowledge of the basics of the regulations would definitely help in correctly organizing the competition.
After that, the organization team must contact a nearby WCA Delegate. The supervision of a WCA Delegate is required in order to make a competition officially sanctioned by the WCA. The WCA Delegate will help guide the organization on how to host a successful competition.
Visit the WCA Competition Organizer Guidelines for further information.
You are assigned a WCA ID when the results from your first WCA sanctioned competition are published.
WCA accounts allow you to prove to us who you are. This allows you to add a picture to your WCA profile, and allows you to register for competitions. This will protect you from other people pretending to be you.
You can create an account here.
After a competition has ended, the WCA Delegate has to double-check all score sheets and person data to eliminate possible errors. Once this is done, the results are sent to the WCA Results Team (WRT), which is responsible for uploading competition results and maintaining the WCA database. The WRT finally uploads the results to the WCA database as soon as possible.
Depending on the size of the competition and the Delegate's personal schedule, all this can take only a day or up to a week. Please be patient.
Additionally, if you have connected your WCA account with your WCA ID (see below), you can enable email notifications about your results submission here.
First, you need to create a WCA account and connect it to your WCA ID.
After you have connected your WCA account and your WCA ID, go to your edit profile page to change your profile picture.
Create an account here. After you log in with your new account, you will be asked to claim your WCA ID.
I am registered for a competition and want to sign up for an additional event, what should I do? Can I bring guests?
Please contact the organizer. You can find the contact information on the competition website. If you are unsure where to find it, check the list of competitions.
You can find the regulations regarding puzzles in Article 3. All puzzles have to be approved by a WCA Delegate. If you are unsure, please ask the Delegate of your competition. To be on the safe side, you should bring a replacement puzzle in case you are not allowed to use it.
You are not allowed to use this puzzle. Puzzles must not have any damages or other differences that significantly distinguish any piece from a similar piece (see Regulation 3j).
There is no minimum age. However, you should ask your parents before registering (see Regulation 2b).
If none of these answers helped, please contact us!