The 2019 CrossFit Games Schedule (What We Know So Far)

There have been a lot of changes announced for the 2019 CrossFit Games. As of right now, we know a fair amount of what to expect for the 2019 CrossFit Games season, but there’s also key information missing such as the final rulebook release and a final official schedule.

And while the official schedule hasn’t been released with exact dates for every event yet, a good amount of information has. This article will piece together what we know as of right now to provide an idea of what to expect for the 2019 CrossFit Games season schedule for both athletes, fans, and spectators.

If you’re late to the party and want to read the current details on the 2019 CrossFit Games changes, scroll down to the bottom of this piece and we’ll bring you up to speed, and link relevant articles worth your attention.

2019 CrossFit Open

This year, the CrossFit Open has been reported to having two times of competition. For 2019, the first time will be held in late February, then the next will take place in October. After this year, the initial report that stated the new CrossFit Games changes shared that the following years (post 2019) will only have the Open take place in October.

Online registration for the 2019 CrossFit Open begins on January 10th.

2019 CrossFit Games

  • Late February
  • October

2020—

  • October

2019 CrossFit Games Sanctioned Event Schedule

From the reported 2019 CrossFit Games changes we can expect to see a total of 16 sanctioned events for this season, which will act as qualifiers for the Games, aka the new Regionals. Currently, we officially know of 10 qualifiers for the 2019 CrossFit Games, and one for the 2020 season. Although, we may know of an eleventh qualifier that was shared on the Downunder CrossFit Championship’s website.

Yesterday, the Downunder CrossFit Championship’s website shared a post and wrote, “Your way to proving you way to the CrossFit Games in 2019. The Down Under CrossFit Challenge will be hosted in the City of Wollongong. This 3 day event May 17, 18, 19th will test the athlete in a variety of CrossFit style events.”

If you’ve been following the steady releases of the 2019 CrossFit Games sanctioned events, then this text and format looks eerily similar to what’s been officially announced in press releases. Our guess? This will most likely serve as a qualifier for the 2019 CrossFit Games, but keep in mind — this hasn’t been officially announced by CrossFit, Inc.

2019 CrossFit Games — Sanctioned Events

Below, we’ve provided a schedule of the sanctioned events that have been announced thus far. For this article, we’re going to plug in the 2019 Downunder CrossFit Championship as if it was the 11th qualifier.

1. Dubai Championships — December 2018
2. Wodapalooza – January 2019
3. Australian CrossFit Championship — January 2019
4. CrossFit Fittest In Capetown — February 2019
5. CrossFit Strength In Depth — February 2019
6. CrossFit French Throwdown — April 2019
7. Asian CrossFit Championship — April 2019 
8. Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge — April 2019
9. The CrossFit Italian Showdown — April 2019
10. Brazil CrossFit Championship — May 2019
11. The CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
12. Downunder CrossFit Championship — May 2019
13. Reykjavik CrossFit Championship — May 2019
14. CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown — May 2019
15. Granite Games — June 2019

*2020 CrossFit Games Qualifiers 

Pandaland CrossFit Championship — December 2019
The SouthFit CrossFit Challenge — November 2020

2019 CrossFit Games

From the current change reports, the CrossFit Games will still take place in August in Madison, Wisconsin. And remember, back in June of this year CrossFit HQ signed a contract to stay in Madison, Wisconsin until 2021, so we’re guessing the date and location for the Games will remain consistent, at least for the next few years.

CrossFit Games Changes

As for qualifying, competing, and the works, here’s what we know in a quick synopsis. This year at the Games, there will be well over 300 individual athletes that will be competing. The top two athletes (man/woman) that finish in their country will earn a spot to the Games (only countries with affiliates count, there are 162 currently), the first place finishers of Qualifiers earn a spot (16 qualifiers = 32 winners), and the top 20 Open finishers earn a spot.

Without having the full rulebook yet, it’s tough to officially say just how many athletes will be competing, but looking at the numbers — it’s a lot more than previous years. Additionally, there will be more than likely some overlap in the qualifiers, open, and countries. Remember, the numbers above are not even including teams.

To combat this, CrossFit HQ has released some news about an elimination style formatting  for the Games and have briefly discussed how athletes will be seeded heading into the 2019 CrossFit Games. From what we know, these new format changes have been put in place to narrow down competition as the Games progress.

Feature image from @crossfitgames Instagram page, photo by @alicia_a_baldwin

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