Nations Cup, Junior Nations Cup & Aspirational Cup Qualifiers

For teams of up to four, this 100-question quiz is split across of seven papers that will test pretty much every area of general knowledge. Click ‘Read More’ to see format details.

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Nations Cup

National organisations select one team of up to four players to represent their country. Countries may also enter a Junior Nations Cup team with all players aged under 30 on 1 September 2023.

Aspirational Cup

This competition is played by everyone else in teams of up to four. It runs in parallel to the Nations Cup, using the same questions.


  1. Each team comprises up to four players. No substitution of players is permitted during the quiz. A team that starts with fewer than four players can however allow others to join, if those have not already played for another team in this quiz.
  2. The quiz consists of 100 questions over seven rounds. The first five rounds contain 12 questions each and the final two rounds contain 20 questions each. There will be a short break after round five.

General Rules

  1. After each round, an answer sheet will be collected. Marking is done by the IQA jury.
  2. All the questions will be read out (in English) and a summary of the questions and pictures will be projected on to a screen. Any music tracks are played once. The answers are accepted in a number of languages, most recently these were English, Estonian, French, German, Dutch, Norwegian (Bokmål), Danish, Hungarian, Finnish, Portuguese, Romanian and Latvian. These being the languages of each country that was represented by at least three people at the event and whose participation was known at least one month beforehand.
  3. Unless otherwise stated, if the name of a person is asked, it is sufficient to answer with the surname, even if that surname is a common name such as Jones or Müller. If an incorrect first name is offered by a team in their answer this will render the answer incorrect. Exceptions to the general rule are the names of kings, queens, popes, etc. where teams are advised to specify the name plus a regnal number or byname – otherwise the answer is taken to refer to the first ruler etc. with that name. So, if the correct answer is Louis XIV, but a team answers “Louis”, their answer is taken to refer to Louis I and marked wrong.
  4. Answers must be legible. All illegible answers will be counted as wrong. To score a point, the answer needs to be phonetically correct. It is a test of knowledge, not of spelling. The decision of whether an answer is accepted lies with the IQA judges present at the quiz. Their decision is final. If necessary, the judges will check alternatives answers. Queries made only after the end of the quiz will in no way affect the result of the quiz.
  5. Appeal sheets will be distributed for possible comments about the answers, scoring etc. This is the only method of appealing. Don’t forget to write your team name and number on those sheets. These must be handed in at the end of the relevant round.
  6. The team that scores the most points wins. Ties are split by counting back looking at best scores, then second-best scores and so on.
  7. The use of external aids such as smartphones, calculators, calendars, etc. is strictly forbidden. If in doubt about anything, ask the main judge ahead of the start of the quiz. All cheating will irrevocably lead to instant disqualification of the entire team.

Specific Rules

  1. Everyone enrolled as a player in the IQC may take part in the quiz. Only one team may represent a country in the Nations Cup. Everyone else will be playing in the Aspirational Cup. The winners of the Nations Cup Champions will receive medals for gold, silver and bronze, as will the winners of the Aspirational Cup.
  2. The players in an Aspirational Cup team may be of different nationalities.