A federation gets as many direct entries as the number of this federation's skaters in the top 18 for Singles, top 12 for Pairs, and top 12 (Euros, 4CC) or 15 (Jr. Worlds and Worlds) for Ice Dance in the corresponding discipline of the preceding season's same Championships.
In case the number of Direct Entries obtained this way is less than required, the next listed Member(s) obtain the right for Direct entry until the required number of entries is reached.
Federations with more total entries in a discipline than direct entries must have the skaters without a direct entry skate in the preliminary round, which consists of a free skate/dance competition.
The top ranked competitors after the preliminary round (according to the number of preliminary round entries allotted above) qualify to the main short program/dance competition.
Scores from the preliminary round do not
carry over to the main competition.
The skater(s) ranked higher in the ISU World Standings at the time when the competition entries are made must be given preference for the direct entries.
The competitor with the lower ISU World Standings ranking must be entered into the Preliminary Round.
Host members (the federation hosting the ISU Championship) are entitled to have one competitor per discipline in the short program/dance, even if they did not qualify for it.