World Yo-Yo Contest

The World Yo-Yo Contest is the largest gathering of competitive yo-yo players and fans in the world. More than 1000 yo-yo players from 30+ countries and regions, including Japan, USA, Iceland, China, Czech Republic, Singapore, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, and many more, come to see the world’s top players to battle in six divisions for the World Yo-Yo Champion title. Each year brings with it new events and innovations such as workshops, museum exhibits, battle contests, trick exhibition, makers booths, and new competitive divisions.

The World Yo-Yo Contest has a long and proud history, with activity dating back as far as 1932. The modern World Yo-Yo Contest was founded in 1992 by Dale Oliver and run under the framework of the International Juggler’s Association (IJA). In 2000, organization of the contest was taken on and developed into its current format by Greg Cohen. Beginning in 2014, organization and management of the World Yo-Yo Contest was transferred to the International Yo-Yo Federation (IYYF), the international governing body for yo-yoing as a sport.

2023 World Yo-Yo Contest


FUTURE World Yo-Yo Contests

  • 2023 Osaka, Japan
  • 2024 (TBA)
  • 2025 (TBA)

2020, 2021, 2022 World Yo-Yo Contest are canceled due to the COVID-19 situation worldwide.

PAST World Yo-Yo Contests

Run by IYYF
Run by Greg Cohen
Run by HPK/Bandai
Run by Dale Oliver/Held with IJA
  • 1998 (Primm, USA)
  • 1997 (Pittsburgh, USA)
  • 1996 (Rapid City, USA)
  • 1995 (Las Vegas, USA)
  • 1994 (Burlington, USA)
  • 1993 (Fargo, USA)
  • 1992 (Montreal, Canada)
Classic time
  • 1932 (London, UK)


(Last update: Jan 6, 2022)