Cheerleading History- 2009-2011

Welcome back to our series, Cheerleading History, where we look at the history of cheerleading and how it has shaped the sport as we know it today.

This week, we will be looking at cheerleading between 2009-2011.


In April of 2009, the, “IASF/ICU host the 6th World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort [and was] taped for the ESPN global broadcast.” Thirty eight nations, four continents, and 400 world teams competed for a shot at the coveted title of World Champion. Also in April of 2009, the, “1st Asia, Oceania Continental Meeting is held in Orlando, Florida. 10 Asia/Oceania Nations in attendance.” at this first meeting.

In May of 2009, the, “ICU hosts 2009 Eastern European Cheerleading Open in Moscow, Russia. 5 Eastern European Federations” participate in the Eastern European Cheerleading Open.

In August of 2009, the, “ICU grows to 76 member federations; submits its formal membership application to GAISF / SportAccord.”

In September of 2009, the, “ICU hosts [the] first ICU European Open at Disneyland Paris.” Here, seventeen nations and 1,500 cheerleaders compete for the first ever European Open title.

2009 shows the growth in the International cheerleading community by the sheer number of competitions that are held Internationally for the first time.



In April of 2010, the “IASF/ICU host the 7st World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the ESPN global broadcast,” where sixty countries and five countries participated. Also, “The International Cheer Union presents the Sport of Cheer to executives from over 100 international sports federations and organizations at the 44th SportAccord General Assembly in Dubai.” The SportAccord is, “the umbrella organization for all (Olympic and non-Olympic) international sports federations as well as organizers of multi-sports games and sport-related international associations.” The, “ICU agrees to postpone the SportAccord vote until further discussions ensue with the Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) to further define the 2 sports.”

In December of 2010, the “ICU submits formal application for IOC [International Olympic Committee] recognition.”


In March of 2011, the, “Cheerleading Association Singapore (CAS) hosts the 1st ICU Southeast Asia Cheerleading Open.” Eight nations from throughout the region came to compete for the title.

In April of 2011, the ICU again, “postpones SportAccord vote in pursuit of further discussions with Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG).” Also in April of 2011, the, “IASF/ICU host the 8st World Cheerleading Championships “Cheerleading Worlds” at the Walt Disney World Resort taped for the ESPN global broadcast.”

In July of 2011, the, “ICU’s European Confederation, European Cheer Union (ECU) hosts the first ECU European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic- welcoming 1,500 athletes from 18 European Nations.”

In December of 2011, the, “ICU hosts the 1st Caribbean Cheerleading Open in Bridgetown, Barbados welcoming 200 cheerleaders from Jamaica, and Barbados in development of the region.” In the United State in December of 2011, the “Official US Annual safety report lists Cheer as one of the safest sports, second only to swimming.”

Check out the video below between 13:26 and 16:08 to see cheerleading between 2009 and 2011.

Next week we will look at cheerleading more in-depth between 2012 and 2013.

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This article contains information from, The International Cheer Union website. Please visit their website for more historical information or other cheerleading related information.


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“Members”. SportAccord – International Federations’ Union ( 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2015-11-10.


Retrieve September 28th, 2015 from 40 Years of UCA – Anniversary Highlight Reel. UCA/ Varsity Spirit, 2014. Youtube.