Each Member is entitled to enter two, three or four athletes per event, as follows: - 1, 2, 3 or 4 athletes with "A" standard; - 1 athlete with the "B" and 1, 2 or 3 athletes with the "A" standard; in both cases a maximum of three athletes will be allowed to compete.
Each Member is entitled to enter two athletes per event who have both reached the "B" standard for that event but only one will be allowed to compete.
The Area Champions in all the individual events (except the Marathons) automatically qualify for the World Championships and will be considered as having achieved the "A" standard (see specific Regulations below).
Members who have no male and/or no female qualified athletes whom they wish to enter in any event may enter one unqualified male athlete and/or one unqualified female athlete in one individual event except the 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase and the Combined Events while the acceptance of unqualified entries in the Field Events is at the discretion of the Technical Delegates.
If Germany, as host country, has no qualified athlete (or relay team) in any event of the Championships, it is entitled to enter 1 athlete (or one relay team) regardless of the entry standard.
In the Relays, Member Federations can enter up to 6 athletes; these must include all athletes (up to the 4th reserve) eventually entered in the respective individual events (100m and 400m).
In addition to the above, Member Federations are entitled to enter the Reigning World Champion regardless of whether he / she has achieved the corresponding entry standard.
Lower ages limits
- Junior athletes (any athlete aged 18 or 19 years on 31 December 2009) may compete in any event except the Marathon Races and the 50km Race Walk Men. - Youth athletes (any athlete aged 16 ot 17 years on 31 December 2009) may compete in any event except the Men's Throws, Decathlon, 10,000m, Marathon Races and Race Walks. - Athletes younger then 16 years on 31 December 2009 CANNOT be entered in any event.
Performances must be achieved during the qualification period of 1 January 2008 (3 September 2007 for the Marathons, Race Walking and Combined Events) to 3 August 2009 (midnight Monaco time).
Performances must be achieved during competitions organised or authorised by the IAAF, its Area Associations or its Member Federations. Thus, results achieved at university or school competitions must be certified by the Member Federation of the country in which the competition was organised (for Race Walks, Marathons and Relays, see hereunder).
Performances must be achieved during an official competition organised in conformity with IAAF Rules.
Performances achieved in mixed events between male and female participants, held completely in the Stadium, may be accepted under specific circumstances and conditions (see Rule 147).
Wind-assisted performances will not be accepted.
Hand-timed performances in 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m/100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles and 4x100m Relay shall not be accepted.
Indoor performances for all field events and for races of 400m and longer, shall be accepted.For the running events of 400m and over, performances achieved on oversized tracks shall not be accepted.
Race Walk Events Performances achieved at Race Walk Events staged at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), or (j) are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards providing the following conditions (where applicable) are respected: - the course has been (or will be) measured by an IAAF/AIMS Grade "A" or "B" International Road Race Course Measurer; - a minumum of 3 International or Area Race Walking Judges are on duty. Performances achieved at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (i) and (j) or National Competitions are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards ONLY if the Area Association or Member Federation concerned submits a specific application to the IAAF. For 2009, the application letter indicating the date, venue and programme of events of the Competition, must confirm that the above conditions will be respected and must be received by the IAAF by 31 December 2008. The IAAF reserves the right to accept or reject the application. The 2007 and 2008 lists of Competitions where the Entry Standards could be achieved are already published on these pages of the IAAF website while the 2009 list will be published by 15 January 2009.
Marathons: Only performances achieved at Marathon Races that respect the following criteria are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards: - the course has been (or will be) measured by an IAAF/AIMS Grade "A" or "B" International Road Race Course Measurer; - the measurement certificate must have been established no more than 5 years before the date of the race; - the overall decrease in elevation between the start and the finish shall not exceed 1:1000, i.e. 1m per km. The 2007 list (only relevant for races held in the qualification period) and 2008 list of qualifying races are already published on these pages of the IAAF website. Additional races may be added to the 2008 list for 2009, providing the above conditions are respected and if requested to the IAAF by the host Member Federation before 31 December 2008. The updated list for 2009 will be published by 15 January 2009.
Relays: Performances achieved at Relay Events staged at International Competitions defined under IAAF Rule 1.1 (a), (b), (c), (d), (f) or (g) are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards. Results achieved at One-dat Meetings included in the IAAF World Athletics Tour (IAAF Rule 1.1 (e)), or at Area Permit Meetings (APM-Q) also Qualifying for the Tour (IAAF Rule 1.1 (j)) will also be valid towards the Entry Standards providing that the following conditions (where applicable) are respected: - at least three different National Teams take part; - an Area Delegate is on site to supervise the Competition; - the competition is held on an IAAF certified track; - that the Meeting Organiser confirms to the IAAF, by the announced deadlines, which events will be staged. Performances achieved at International or National Competitions not included in the above categories are valid towards the achievement of the Entry Standards ONLY if the Area Association or Member Federation concerned submits a specific application to the IAAF. For 2009, the application letter, indicating the date, venue and programme of events of the Competition, must confirm that the above conditions will be respected and must be received by the IAAF by 31 December 2008. The IAAF reserves the right to accept or reject the application. The 2008 list of Competitions where the Entry Standards could be achieved is already published on these pages of the IAAF website. For 2009, it will be published by 31 January 2009 and updated every two months, to include information received from one-day Meeting Organisers.
Regulations for Automatic Qualification to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics (individual events only - does not apply for relays and marathon cup)
The Area Champion (in each individual event to be contested at the World Championships) automatically qualifies for the World Championships, irrespective of whether his performance has reached the "A" or "B" standard.
The Area Champion shall be the one who has achieved the title within the qualification period stipulated for the World Championships, or at the Area Championships held closest to the on-coming World Championships. If an Area does not have Area Championships every two years, then the Area may organise an alternate event to select the Area Champion in that vacant year.
The Member Federation of the Area Champion will have the ultimate authority to enter the athlete or not, based on its own domestic standard or qualification system.
If the Member Federation of the Area Champion enters the athlete, he will be considered as having achieved the "A" standard.
If the Area Champion, due to any reason, is not entered, this quota will not be delegated to the second placed athlete and the normal entry rules and conditions apply.
For those Area Championships that do not have certains events, the Area Associations can organise alternate Area specific event Championships with conditions conforming to Area Championships Regulations.
For an Area having "restricted" Area Championships, the Area Association may specify an existing competition of a suitable standard for the purpose of identifying the Area Champion. In such cases, it is necessary that all the Member Federations within the Area be invited to compete in this Competition.
For the Marathon / Marathon World Cup, the current qualification principles still apply.