2018 CrossFit Regional Format Details Revealed

Earlier this month Dave Castro shared some big changes to the 2018 CrossFit Games season, including changes to regional boundaries and teams shrinking to four members. However, we were left with few details.

But now we have more. CrossFit released more details of the 2018 Regionals. Let’s take a look at what new information we have.

Regional Breakdown

No longer will 20 athletes qualify for regionals out of each Open region. The number of individual athletes and teams will remain the same in 2018 (40 individuals and 30 teams), but the number from some of Open regions have changed.

Nothing changes for the Atlantic and Central Regional. The South Regional is essentially the same except Latin America is not included.

After that, things get interesting. Here is the breakdown of qualifiers from each region within each regional.

East Regional
– North East (25 individuals, 20 teams to qualify from Open)
– Canada East (15 individuals, 10 teams to qualify from Open)

Atlantic Regional
– Mid Atlantic (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)
– South East (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)

Central Regional
– Central East (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)
– North Central (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)

South Regional
– South West (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)
– South Central (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)

West Regional
– West Coast (35 individuals, 25 teams to qualify from Open)
– Canada West (5 individuals, 5 teams to qualify from Open)

Latin America Regional
– Central America (15 individuals, 10 teams to qualify from Open)
– South America (25 individuals, 20 teams to qualify from Open)

Europe Regional
– Europe North (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)
– Europe Central (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)

Meridian Regional
– Europe South (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)
– Middle East Africa (20 individuals, 15 teams to qualify from Open)

Pacific Regional
– Asia (10 individuals, 7 teams to qualify from Open)
– Australasia (30 individuals, 23 teams to qualify from Open)


The most notable change is that Canada West only has slots for five individuals and five teams. The California regions and the North West region has combined into a West Coast region and will receive 35 individual qualification spots.

Latin America with just one open spot to the Games will have a full regional format with 40 individuals and 30 teams.

For the old Meridian Regional, we now have a better idea of the boundaries for the two new regionals. Named the Europe Regional and Meridian Regional, each will have two separate regions during the Open.

By the looks of the map (see below), southwestern Europe (France, Spain, etc) along with the Middle East and Africa will form the Meridian Regional. The Nordic countries and western Europe will make up the Europe Regional.

2018 CrossFit Regional map
2018 CrossFit Regional map

Regional Schedule

The schedule has also been set for the nine regionals. Beginning the weekend of May 18, three regionals will take place each weekend for the next three weeks.

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