The World Snooker Federation

Posted on: 8 October 2017

Last edited on: 11 February 2018

There have been some major developments in the world of amateur snooker over the last few days. In case you missed it, this is the announcement made by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) regarding the newly formed World Snooker Federation (WSF)

This new organisation is designed to bring together both amateur and professional snooker, and will provide the pathway for the elite of the National Federations who are members of the WSF, to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour. One of these pathways will be the Challenge Tour, which the WPBSA has already announced it will assist in the funding of, and there is also a commitment to a new unified WSF Amateur Championship. This new, mixed gender event will be open to the elite performing players of National Federations who are members of the WSF and provide an opportunity to qualify for a place on the World Snooker Tour.  The first staging of this Championship will take place before the start of the next (2018/19) World Snooker Tour season.

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said “Following a restructure of the professional sport in 2010, the World Professional Snooker Tour has never been stronger. We have seen unprecedented growth and we are now a truly global sport. With this growth comes a responsibility for us to ensure sustainable career pathways for elite talent and playing opportunities for all at all levels.”

This will also mean that there will be opportunities for all National Federations to work alongside the WPBSA to develop grassroots projects.

Further to the announcement, the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) has become the first Regional Association to confirm their affiliation to the WSF.EBSA consists of 44 National Federations and Jason Ferguson has said that the WSF will welcome every single one of these to be part of this “new and exciting future”.

Read the new WPBSA item here –

This is definitely an interesting time for amateur snooker and there are sure to be more announcements in due course.

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