The International Yo-yo Federation is pleased to announce that Reykjavik, Iceland, has been elected as the host city for the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest!

Featuring some of the most experienced and well-known yo-yo contest organizers from Europe and the USA, the team behind the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest is ready to deliver an event focused on players, where contestants from around the globe will be able focus on competing in the best possible conditions.

The IYYF congratulates the Icelandic team, and is looking forward to a fantastic event! Further details about the event and Reykjavik itself will be available in the coming days.

We would also like to express our gratitude towards team Poland, for stepping up to the challenge and presenting themselves as candidates to run the most important event for the worldwide yo-yo community.

Here is the outline of the general schedule of decision making process for the coming WYYC beginning with 2017.

3 years in advance: All Candidate Country/City/National Contest Organizers must submit their application
2.5 years in advance: Country decided by IYYF
2 years in advance: Country announced
1 year in advance: Venue determined/announced

2017 EUROPE Deadlines

OCT.15, 2015: All Candidate Countries submit their application
NOV.1, 2015: Country decided by IYYF
NOV.15, 2015: Country announced

2018 ASIA Deadlines

DEC.1, 2015: All Candidate Countries submit their application
FEB.1, 2016: Country decided by IYYF
AUG.1, 2016: Country announced
AUG.1, 2017: Venue determined/announced

2019 AMERICAS Deadlines

AUG.1, 2016: All Candidate Countries submit their application

We will try to keep to this schedule, but there may be some cases in which we cannot follow exactly as it is planned above.
Our goal with this schedule is to give each contest’s local organizers at least two years of preparation time to be able to make a good, well-planned contest.

Previously for WYYC14, MNC Champions were seeded to the FINALS of the World Yo-Yo Contest.

Starting with World Yo-Yo Contest 2015, the Top 3 in each division of each MNC will instead be seeded to the SEMI-FINALS of WYYC15.

EYYC (Poland), AP (Singapore), Las Vegas Open (United States) and Latin America (Mexico) are the qualifying Multi-National Contests for WYYC15.

Not only EYYC, AP and Pan-America, but in the near future, we see a strong possibility of other regions being able to host their own MNC. Therefore, in order to accommodate all MNCs to be seeded to the World Contest, IYYF has decided to seed the MNC winners to the semi-finals instead. Furthermore, we value the quality of skill and performance of the top placing winners of MNCs and have decided to seed the top 3 from each division of all MNCs.

*Previous year’s World Champions are still seeded to the finals as they were in past years.
*National Champions remain seeded to the Semi-Finals, as they were last year.

We are proud to announce that the World Yo-Yo Contest and the newly formed International Yo-Yo Federation (IYYF) are going to merge into one organization, with the IYYF taking over the running of the World Yo-Yo Contest.

IYYF is a nonprofit organization that unites national associations and is designed to become the governing body for yo-yoing as a sport. Starting in 2014 the IYYF will be responsible for hosting the World Yo-Yo Contest. After 14 years as chairman of the contest, Gregory Cohen is passing the torch to the IYYF so that, together with national yo-yo associations, the IYYF will host the WYYC in countries around the world. The planned schedule for the next four years is:

* 2013 United States of America (Orlando, Florida)

* 2014 Czech Republic (Prague)

* 2015 Japan (Tokyo)

* 2016 United States of America


The exact locations and dates of these events will be announced when they become available.

We will do our best to help the yo-yo community grow, support contests and national associations around the world and much more. You can find more information at and at


Ondrej Sedivy (CYA), Hironori Mii (JYYF), Rafael Matsunaga (ABI), Thad Winzenz (NYYL), Gregory Cohen (WYYC)