Figure skaters are entered into the championships by country. Each International Skating UnionMember may enter one skater or team in each event. Some countries are permitted to enter 2 or 3 participants if their skaters performed well at the previous championship.
Because of the large number of entries at the World Championships, only the top 24 single skaters and top 20 pairs advanced to the free skate after the short program. In ice dance, the top 30 couples in the compulsory dance advanced to the original dance, and the top 24 couples after the original dance advanced to the free dance.