The 2023 World Cup of Pokémon VGC is here!

After huge success these past two years, Victory Road is happy to host a new edition of the World Cup of Pokémon VGC! The World Cup is a community-run online tournament that aims to gather the best Pokémon players from all over the world, with over 50 countries and territories being represented!

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  • Over 50 teams representing countries and regions from all corners of the world will be playing, with returning teams from last year and open to new additions!
  • Each team will have from 8 to 12 players, and team managers are eligible to play if they wish to do so by taking one of these slots in the process.
  • The tournament is played in three segments:
    • Qualifiers, where all participating teams (except those with a direct bye into the Group Stage) will be randomly drafted into groups and will play in a round-robin stage. All weeks will be played in 8v8 individual matches. The best teams will advance until 32 remain in the next stage.
    • Group Stage, where the Top 8 teams from last year as well as 24 more teams will be randomly drafted, again, into new groups for a second round-robin stage. All weeks will be played in 8v8 individual sets, too. The best 16 teams will advance.
    • Play-offs, where the remaining teams battle it out for the championship in a single-elimination bracket. All weeks will be played 7v7 individual matches.
  • All matches played in the relevant ruleset, which pending an announcement, is expected to be VGC 2024 Regulation Set E.
  • All matches will be played on the Nintendo Switch. using the Pokémon Scarlet & Violet games. You will need to have the console with a copy of the game and an active subscription to the Nintendo Switch Online to participate. 
  • All matches will be played using open team lists.
  • Players are allowed to change their team each week. However, it is strictly prohibited changing moves, items, or training any Pokémon to have different stats, using an Ability Capsule or any other item that may modify its stats during the course of a best-of-3 set.
  • All weeks will have featured matches streamed on Victory Road’s Twitch channel, as well as extra matches and content on Victory Road’s YouTube channel.


Each round takes a week, starting each Tuesday, when pairings are posted, and ending on Monday, beginning on 3 October. Please notice that dates are provisional, and they may be subject to change as per the interests of the competition.

* Originally it was announced that the tournament would start on 26 September. Since Regulation Set E will be properly announced on 1 October, the tournament was delayed one week.

Qualifiers: 3 to 23 October 2023

Group Stage: 24 October to 13 November 2023 (32 qualified teams)

  • Draft: 23 October, live streamed on Twitch
  • Week 4: 24-30 October 
  • Week 5: 31 October-6 November
  • Week 6: 7-13 November

Play-offs: 14 November to 10 December 2023 (16 qualified teams)

  • Top 16 round: 14-20 November
  • Quarterfinals: 21-27 November
  • Semifinals: 27 November-3 December
  • Finals: 4-10 December

Eligibility criteria

  • Players may apply to join any given team provided they either:
    • Were born or hold citizenship rights in said country or any of its territories.
    • Are currently living in said country or any of its territories.
    • Both player’s parents/tutors were born or hold citizenship rights in said country or any of its territories.
    • Special citizenship laws may be taken into account. For example, players with OCI are allowed to join the tournament and play for India.
  • Players may only apply for a team provided they can prove at least one of the above criteria as true.
  • Players eligible for multiple countries are free to choose where to apply, but ultimately may only play for one team.
  • Once players join a team, they cannot join other national teams for the next country-based event hosted by Victory Road. This means that those players who took part of a team last year, are tied to them for this edition.
    • This rule gets priority over the regular eligibility criteria shown above.
    • This rule applies for the following country-based event hosted (for example: from 2022 World Cup to 2023 World Cup). This means that players who want to leave their previous team shall wait until the following event (in this case, a potential 2024 World Cup) in order to join a different team.
  • Any applications not meeting the eligibility criteria will be dismissed. Please keep in mind these rules are final and will be subject to no exceptions.


  • The top 8 teams from the 2022 World Cup will be automatically qualified for the Group Stage, thus skipping qualifiers. The teams affected by this are Australia, Canada, France, India, Poland, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.
  • All other participating teams* will be divided into pots based on their performance of previous editions, as per their Elo ranking. During the Qualifiers draft on 2 October, one team from each pot will be randomly allocated to each group, so that no two teams in the same pot can meet in the first round of competition.
    • The teams are allocated into Pots 1 to 4 according to their Elo ranking.
    • Any new teams debuting in 2023 will be added to Pot 4.

* Depending on the final number of participating teams, additional byes to the Group Stage may be given, and the seed pots, structure and amount of teams per group of the Qualifier Stage may be modified.


Unfortunately, the World Cup is not sponsored in this edition, so there is no prize pool.


If you wish to join the 2023 World Cup as a player, please fill out the form below. You may also express interest on becoming a manager for your team. Read the Manager section above if that’s the case.

Even if your country or territory did not participate in last year’s edition, you may still apply. Any new teams that comply with eligibility requirements for at least 8 players will be allowed to compete.

At a later date, we will post the full list of teams and their managers. The decision on each teams’ roster is taken by each manager, so please keep in mind that different teams might have different criteria on how to select their players.

Final roster deadline: 18 September 2023


Each team will have one to three managers. Their job is to create their team’s roster of players, select their weekly line-ups and manage all internal communications with the tournament staff and Victory Road.

If you don’t see your region here, sign up anyway! New teams are welcome to enter the competition!

Europe & Africa

1AUTAustriaSteven Markhardt
2BELBelgiumSimon Van der Borght
3DNKDenmarkBenjamin Jochimsen
Michelle Sørensen
4EGYEgyptKarim Awad
Ahmed Abdel-Moneim
5FINFinlandMikael Viljanen
6FRAFranceAnthony Liuzzo
7DEUGermanyMarkus Stadter
Maurice Uteg
8GRCGreeceKosta Daidimos
Lazaros Lazaropoulos
9IRLIrelandMattie Morgan
Patrick Donegan (Pd0nz),
Connagh Johnston (CaisealBoy)
10ITAItalyArash Ommati
Davide Carrer
11LUXLuxembourgCorentin Schepens
12NLDNetherlandsAndres Escobosa
Jessica Franssen
13NORNorwayBrede Stavø
Ola Petersen Nordby
14POLPolandBartosz Ekiert
15PRTPortugalRuben Pereira
Eduardo Cunha
16ZAFSouth AfricaNico Beets
17ESPSpainGuillermo Castilla
Àlex Gómez
18SWESwedenPontus Westerlund
David Degerman
19CHESwitzerlandStefan Mott
Damo Lokmic
20TURTurkeyEnes Şafak
Fatih Yörük
21GBRUnited KingdomJamie Kean
Ben Kyriakou

The Americas

22ARGArgentinaJuan Salerno
Julián Martínez
(Simius Black)
23BOLBoliviaSergio Argandoña
Giovanni Araníbar
24BRABrazilHugo Nascimento
Victor Rachik
25CANCanadaJean-Marc Hébert
William Paterson (Willy),
Sapphire Lai (Eeveon)
26CHLChileLuciano Muñoz
Javier Sandoval
27COLColombiaCristian André Rodríguez
28CRICosta RicaDavid Rodríguez
Reynord González
(Rey Gaming)
29DOMDominican RepublicBryant Ovalle
Luis Franjul
30ECUEcuadorRaúl Ramírez
Juan C. Ortiz
31SLVEl SalvadorGeovanni Polanco
Eduardo Guzmán
32GTMGuatemalaJuan Manuel Santizo
33HNDHondurasAndrés Centeno
Ángel Ortega
34JAMJamaicaKevonne Boreland
Michael Cameron
35MEXMexicoChristian Ramírez
Arath Vera
36PANPanamaGabriel Cedeño
Alberto Ríos
37PERPeruSebastián Bisbal
Sebastián Solari (Gato-T),
Diego Ortiz (Mesquo)
38PRIPuerto RicoAlexavier Álvarez
Jonathan Quiñones (Pocha),
Kenneth Tirado (Kenepa)
39URYUruguayGonzalo Sintas
40USAUnited StatesJeremy Odena
Justin Burns
41VENVenezuelaCarlos Párica
Mario Stefani

Asia & Oceania

42AUSAustraliaSam Pandelis
Luke Curtale
43CHNChinaXu Yihui
Zhou Xinjie (Setsuku),
Peng Chongjun (Chongjun)
44HKGHong KongOr Kei Yin
45INDIndiaAbhay Iyer
Nishant Joshi
46IDNIndonesiaGuntur Prabowo
M. Hafidz Syahril
47ISRIsraelDov Joseph Aloof
Aminadav Grant
48JPNJapanYuki Zaninovich
Yuki Kono
49MYSMalaysiaLeong Yew Sun
Azri Firman (MrTsukkomi),
Ismat Myron (Ismat)
50NZLNew ZealandAxl Laher
51PHLPhilippinesEnrico Comentan
52SGPSingaporeBrian Soh
Hakim Nah
53KORSouth KoreaSanghyeon Na
Wonseok Jang
54TWNTaiwanTsai Chien-chien
55THAThailandNarawitch Naenna
Gunn K. Sathorn
56VNMVietnamKhuê Đỗ
Long Nguyễn

Potential new teams!

TBDBRBBarbadosCaniggia Willett
Recruiting players!
TBDBLZBelizeKyle Zuniga
Recruiting players!
TBDCUBCubaKevin Salvetto
Recruiting players!
TBDMARMoroccoAmin Lehna
Recruiting players!
TBDNICNicaraguaRommel Maltez
Recruiting players!
TBDPAKPakistanDaanish Syed
Recruiting players!
TBDPRYParaguayJosé Guanes
Recruiting players!

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