World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association

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World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association
founding 1968
Seat United KingdomUnited Kingdom Bristol
(branches in London and Beijing )
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China 
main emphasis World association
Chair United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jason Ferguson

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association ( WPBSA for short ) is the world association for professional players in the snooker and English billiards variants .


The WPBSA emerged from the Billiards Association and Control Council Club , later just Council , abbreviated BA&CC or BACC (more commonly). The BACC set official rules for the sport of snooker for the first time in 1919 and hosted the world championships from 1927 (first World Cup) to 1952.

The association was founded in 1968, at that time still under the name Professional Billiard Players Association . The main task of the WPBSA is the marketing and organization of the Snooker Main Tour . This includes both the world ranking tournaments and invitation tournaments such as the Masters . The WPBSA also holds the worldwide marketing rights for the sport and takes care of sponsorship contracts and the allocation of television broadcasting rights. The association also has sovereignty over the generally applicable rules of snooker sport . The WPBSA is also responsible for formulating the official rules.


The WPBSA has three sub-organizations: World Billiards , World Women's Snooker (WWS; formerly: World Ladies Billiards & Snooker (WLBS) and World Ladies Billiards & Snooker Association (WLBSA)) and World Disability Billiards & Snooker .

Logos of the sub-associations
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World Women's Snooker
World Disability Billiards & Snooker
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World Billiards ( English Billiards )


The head office is in Bristol, England . The board consists of former professional player Jason Ferguson (chairman), Nigel Mawer (vice chairman), Mike Dunn , Peter Lines and Ken Doherty .

In addition to its headquarters in Bristol, the WSA also has branches in London and Beijing .

Foundation of a joint world association

Since 1992, the WPBSA has been a member of the International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) amateur division of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports , which is the umbrella organization for all billiards but does not organize any tournaments itself. Due to the great media success of the snooker variant and the privileged position of the WPBSA, this constellation has led to conflicts several times, which in the past also had to be resolved before the International Court of Justice . The formation of a joint “World Snooker Federation” (WSF) with the IBSF within the WCBS between 1992 and 2004 also failed. In addition, the WPBSA is subject to the provisions of WADA .

On October 5, 2017, the disputes were resolved and the establishment of the World Snooker Federation based in Lausanne, Switzerland, was officially announced. The first chairman is also WPBSA chairman Ferguson.

Association structure

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Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b The history of the WPBSA. WPBSA, archived from the original on November 28, 2016 ; accessed on November 28, 2016 (English).
  2. ^ Chris Turner: A brief history of the World Professional Championship. In: Chris Turner´s Snooker Archive. Chris Turner, 2008, archived from the original on June 6, 2016 ; accessed on April 6, 2012 .
  3. Introduction to the WPBSA Board. In: World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association, accessed April 22, 2018 .
  4. ^ World Snooker Federation (WSF). WPBSA, October 5, 2017, archived from the original on July 22, 2018 ; accessed on July 22, 2018 (English).