Q School

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Q School is the system for qualifying for the World Snooker Tour


This is probably the most significant event in the amateur snooker calendar but has been described as “three weeks of hell!” by some of the hopefuls looking to launch or re-start their snooker career.

The World Snooker website includes a message from [the then] Chairman Barry Hearn:

“Snooker is open to anyone and provides opportunities for all. This is a sport which breaks down gender barriers and welcomes players from all around the world. We have been running Q School since 2011 and it has provided the opportunity for countless players to pursue their dreams. Here is your opportunity to be a part of the professional circuit.”



As well as the hopefuls, there are of course the newly-relegated pros taking part in an attempt to make an immediate return to the tour.

One of the main changes in 2021 was the introduction of Seeding.

Players falling off the World Snooker Tour from the 2020/21 season along with top players on
the Q School Order of Merit from 2020 will make up 64 seeded players in each Q School event.
These players will be placed at random in the draw but seeded apart from one another in the
opening rounds of the events so that they do not meet before the L64 round.

This is a welcome change as it no longer threatens to remove relegated pros by them playing against each other in the first round.

14 Places are usually on offer each year. 4 from each of the 3 events and the top 2 from the order of merit.

In addition to the places on the main tour, Q School offers access to the Q Tour.

Also, for ranking events where less than 128 entries after wildcards have been added, the Q School Order of Merit is used to select top-up entries.



2022 sees the introduction of the Asia-Oceania Q School

Described by WST as:

…giving new opportunities for the most talented players in those regions to graduate to the professional tour.

https://wst.tv/new-asia-oceania-q-school-to-boost-snookers-global-growth/

This Q School will take place in Bangkok, starting on June 1st and there will be two tournaments with four places on the main tour to be won. The entry fee is £400.

Entry is open to anyone resident in Asia and Oceania whereas the one in Sheffield will be open to anyone in the world. However, players cannot enter both events.