Niantic releases more details on Pokémon GO Championship series

Announced earlier this month alongside Play! Pokémon 2022 Updates, Niantic is ready to share more details on the very first Pokémon GO Championship Series. Organized in part with The Pokémon Company, Pokémon GO Trainers can fight for the best next year with finalists representing their region in London at the 2022 Pokémon World Championships.

Previously, Niantic said that trainers who wanted to get ahead of the game could do so by achieving Legend rank in Pokémon GO Battle League Season 9. However, coaches also had to ensure that they met the requirements of the Senior and / or Master age divisions (born 2009 or earlier). That said, here are the new details shared on the official Pokémon GO blog.

Pokémon GO Championship Series


The format of the Pokémon GO 2022 Championship Series will be Great League.


Trainers will be able to register for Pokémon GO Championship Series events through a two-phase registration window.

  • Early registration: Players who achieve Legend rank in a GO Battle League season will be able to register for certain events ahead of everyone else during a short early registration window.
  • Registration open: * Once the early registration window closes, all remaining places will be available to players of any rank.

When to register

Online registration for the first events will open in January 2022. The tournament organizers will take care of registration. Registration fees may apply and events may sell out.

How to register

To register for Pokémon GO Championship Series events, you will need to link your Pokémon GO account to a Trainer Club account and have a Play! Pokémon player ID.

This account link is separate from the account link system used to log into Pokémon GO.

You will be able to link your accounts for Pokémon GO Championship Series registration towards the end of 2021. Tournament details will also be available through the event locator at that time.

Pokémon GO Championship Series Events

Pokémon GO will be featured at select events including regional and international championships. The best Pokémon GO players at these events will earn an invitation to the 2022 Pokémon World Championships, and some will even earn a World Championship Travel Reward! Invitations to the World Championships will be distributed to each qualification as follows for each age category.

Regional championships

  • 1st place: Invitation to the world championships and travel award
  • 2nd place: Invitation to the world championships

International Championships

  • 1st place: Invitation to the world championships and travel award
  • 2nd place: Invitation to the world championships and travel award
  • 3rd and 4th place: Invitation to the world championships
  • Cash prizes are also awarded at each event.

Visit for up-to-date details on locations, dates, prices and more from qualifying events.

To play! Pokémon also shared the locations of regional championships, special events, and international championships for North America and Europe. According to the Pokémon Company, “[a]Other regional championships and special events may be announced later. Currently, here is the lineup planned for the 2022 season and events marked with an * will include the Pokémon GO Championship Series:

To play! Pok̩mon Regional Championships and Special Events РNorth America

  • March 18-20, 2022: Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • March 25-27, 2022: Orlando, Florida, United States *
  • May 6-8, 2022: Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • May 20-22, 2022: Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
  • May 27-29, 2022: Vancouver, BC, Canada *
  • June 17-19, 2022: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States *

To play! Pok̩mon Regional Championships and Special Events РEurope

  • 26-27 March 2022: Liverpool, United Kingdom *
  • May 7-8, 2022: Bilbao, Spain (special event)
  • June 4-5, 2022: Milan, Italy (special event)

2022 Pokémon North America International Championships

  • June 24-26, 2022: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, OH, United States

Pokémon Europe International Championships 2022

  • April 22-24, 2022: Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Before you know it, it will be the end of March 2022 and the first in-person events of the Pokémon GO Championship Series are taking place! Start training now and earn an early sign-up slot with GO Battle League Season 9 today.

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