How Do You Qualify For RLCS?

Working your way up to the top of the tournament leaderboard can be a thrilling and rewarding experience, even if it is sometimes a grueling challenge. 

So, if you’re looking to become the best Rocket League player there is, then competing in tournaments is a good way to start.

How Do You Qualify For RLCS?

A big and important Rocket League tournament is the RLCS and is one all Rocket League players should aim for. 

But just how easy is it to qualify for this league? In this article, we will discuss exactly how you qualify for the RLCS, so read on for more!

What Is Rocket League?

Rocket League is a vehicular soccer video game that was both developed and published by a company called Psyonix. In July of 2015, Psyonix released the game on PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows. 

What Is The RLCS?

The RLCS is an acronym for the Rocket League Champion Series. This is the biggest Rocket League tournament of the whole year.

Much like other tournaments, the aim of the Rocket League tournament is winning as many games as you can in order to qualify for the LAN event in North America or Europe, which takes place twice a year. 

How Do You Qualify For RLCS?

To qualify for the RLCS, you must first obtain promotion through the 2nd  division series: the RLRS, also known as the Rocket League Rival Series.  

What Is The RLRS?

To understand the RLRS, RLCS, etc, you should think of them as the differences between other tournaments and leagues.

For example, Minor League Baseball vs Major League Baseball, or soccer’s Premier League vs Championship League. 

If you succeed in the RLRS, then you will be able to qualify for the RLCS. 

How To Sign Up For The RLRS 

So, here are some steps on how to sign up for the RLRS in order to have a chance at qualifying for the RLCS. Check these out to start your Rocket League journey! 

Step 1: Familiarize Yourself With The Rules 

The first step in qualifying for the RLRS is to get familiar with the rules of the tournament. This is to ensure that you meet the requirements for signing up.

You will be able to find the official website for the Rocket League Esports, but you can also find the rules in their FAQ section. 

Here is a summary of the rules: 

To enter the RLRS, you need to: 

  • Be 15 + years of age. 
  • Live in a region eligible to compete in the RLRS. This includes North American, South America, Europe, and Oceania. 
  • Have any of the following: PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, or PC (with Steam downloaded) 
  • Be free and ready to play on the scheduled dates for the RLRS. 

Once you know you are eligible to enter the RLRS, you can then move on to the next step. 

Step 2: Finding A Team 

You will need two teammates to enter the RLRS tournament. Many players find it difficult to establish teammates, and as a result, they are not able to enter the tournament.

So, we have listed many ways that teammates can be found to help you along the way. 

Do the following to find teammates for the RLRS! 

  • After a game is over, message the people who ranked close to you. 
  • Post an ad! You can post an ad discussing your search for a teammate. These ads will be especially useful on Discord. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the ads of other people, too! 
  • Check  the Reddit threads “/r/RocketLeague” or “/r/RocketLeagueFriends” 
  • Ask close friends or any mutuals interested in Rocket League who do not already have a team 
  • You can add the acronyms “LF RLRS” (Looking For RLRS) or “LFT” (Looking For Team) to your username on your Rocket League Profile  Other players will be able to see this easily. 

Step 3: Qualifying Sign Up! 

The next step is to sign up for one qualifier. You can sign up for two maximum. The best place to sign up is

Here, you can choose your dates, ask your teammates to join in on the registration, and name your team. 

Remember to choose dates that everyone will be available for!  

Step 4: Subs 

The next step is optional, but it is always a smart plan just in case of an emergency. The next thing you need to do is look for a substitute player.

If on the day of the qualifier, one of your teammates cannot show up, then your sub can step in and play in their place. 

However, it is important to note that there are specific rules around subbing players in-between matches or mid-series, so make sure that you are familiar with those beforehand. 

Step 5: Have A Good Time! 

We get that it can be nerve-wracking to play in leagues and tournaments, especially qualifier matches. The best thing you can do to secure your position in the RLCS is to try and make the most of your time in the RLRS.

Make sure you’re prepared to face off against tough opponents, but also make sure you’re having fun and are relaxed enough to learn from your gameplay and the experience as a whole. 

Best of luck!

Final Thoughts 

To qualify for the RLCS, also known as the Rocket League Champion Series, then you first need to gain promotion through the RLRS, the Rocket League Rival Series. 

To enter the RLRS, there is a list of things you must do first.

This includes meeting the entry requirements for the RLRS, finding a team, and signing up through smash.pp.

Also, finding subs in case your teammates can’t make it on the day of the game (although, you must ensure you learn the rules of substitution, too), and taking all you can from the experience. 

Once you obtain a promotion in the RLRS, you are eligible to play in the RLCS. 

We hope this article answered all of your questions about qualifying for the RLCS.

Ashley Newby