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7 Mar 2019

International Call for Referees


To: National Governing Bodies, Regional Federations and Billiards Referees.

The above event will take place at the Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds, England from Friday 19th until Friday 26th April.
This includes a Qualifying Competition (19th), the UK Open (20-21) and of course the World Matchplay Championship (22-26).

We are looking for a total of 20 officials, from which a tournament committee of four plus 16 referees will be selected. All referees must be certificated by, and current members of their respective NGB and will be required to wear their full NGB uniform at all times; additional logos will be at the discretion of World Billiards.

Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis with breakfast and one other meal per day. The hotel is adjacent to the venue.

Requests for upgrades and Class 3 exams will be scheduled at appropriate times. All such requests must be approved by the candidate’s NGB; private arrangements are not permissible.

All expressions of interest should be sent to:

Dan Lewis (Referees Coordinator) – dmkl@hotmail.co.uk
Brendan Devlin – brendandevlin4@eircom.net
Steve Lock (WBL Director of Tournaments) – stephenml10@hotmail.com

World Billiards Ltd.

World Billiards

21 Feb 2019

2019 White Roofing English Open

The 2019 White Roofing English Open will take place at Cambridge Snooker Centre on 30th & 31st March.

Five tables have now been recovered, making 10 tables of suitable standard which we can use for the tournament.

Click here to enter.
Click here to see the entry list.

Entries will close at 13:00UTC on Saturday 23rd March.

16 Feb 2019

2019 World Billiards Championship

World Billiards and the Australian Billiards & Snooker Council are delighted to announce that the 2019 World Billiards Championship and 2019 World Open will take place at the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, in Melbourne, Australia, between Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th October.

The World Open will be played over the first two days of this period. The World Billiards Championship will be contested between Tuesday 8th and Saturday 12th.

The historic and prestigious World Billiards Championship, first contested in 1870, was played in Melbourne in 1934, when Australian billiards legend Walter Lindrum defended his title against England’s Joe Davis. 85 years later, the Championship will be played in Australia for the second time.

The RACV Club is an outstanding venue for this event, with a first-class members only billiard room, extensive dining facilities and an on-site hotel. It is situated right in the heart of Melbourne within walking distance of numerous cafes, restaurants and entertainment facilities.

Visit the event web site for much more information.

14 Feb 2019

2019 World Matchplay Championship

The 2019 short format World Championship is renamed the World Matchplay Billiards Championship, inheriting the name of a WPBSA billiards tournament which took place up until 2002 (see below).

This will be played under the 100-up, multiple games format with modified rules (see here). It will take place between 22nd and 26th of April 2019 in Leeds and will be preceded by the UK Open and a Qualifying Tournament.

There will also be a new Women’s Matchplay event.

The cut off point for the Order of Merit for WBL nominated entries will be 1st February (following the Scottish Open).

Seeding will be based on the Ranking List as at 1st April (following the English Open).

See here for the prize money breakdown. For the entry criteria click here.

To enter for the World Matchplay click here. The top 64 players in the Order of Merit are invited to register as are all former and current world champions (all formats). Other players interested in competing should email Jim Leacy (jim@ivyrooms.ie) or Jason Colebrook (jason1953@live.com).

To enter for the UK Open, click here. To see who has registered, click here.


Players requiring accommodation must stay at the Holiday Inn Express. the agreed rate is £69 per night. Book here.

The booking site may show cheaper rates, but these have to be paid for at the time of booking and there are no refunds.

The World Matchplay Billiards Championship took place between 1989 and 2002 and the winners were:

1989Mike Russell[150up]
1990Mike Russell[150up]
1996Mike Russell[150up]
1997Robby Foldvari[100up]
1998Mike Russell[100up]
1999Geet Sethi[Timed]
2000Peter Gilchrist[Long Up]
2001Mike Russell[Timed]
2002Chris Shutt[Timed]

Our own short format champions are as follows:

2012Rupesh Shah[150up]
2013David Causier[150up]
2014Pankaj Advani[150up]
2015David Causier[150up]
2016David Causier[100up]
2017David Causier[100up]

5 Feb 2019

Pacific International

Melbourne, Australia, June 11th to 14th. Double World Ranking points and $15,000 AUD prize money (and preceded by an Open Snooker event with $25,000+ AUD prize money.

20 Jan 2019

2019 Sydney Open

March 22nd to 24th, Club Marconi, Sydney, Australia.

Guaranteed minimum prize pool $5500 (WBL level 4 ranking event).

17 Jan 2019

2019 WPBSA Coaching Course

Our next Coaching Course will take place over the weekend of 27th & 28th April 2019 at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, immediately following the short format World Championship

So far we have 42 World Billiards coaches worldwide and we are hoping to increase this number significantly during this course.

Our head of coaching Martin Goodwill will be assisted by head coach Phillip Welham and multiple world champion Peter Gilchrist.

This will be a two day course covering how to coach the basics of the game.

WPBSA’s Chris Motley will be in attendance for a presentation on child protection.

Course participants will have to pass a pre-course online exam, plus three practical exams on day two of the course.


For the first time we are also adding a billiards seminar on Monday 29th which all qualified World Billiards coaches will be invited to attend. Peter Gilchrist is confirmed as the first guest speaker and we hope to add others in due course. Coaches will be able to discuss both coaching and playing techniques with guest speakers in an open forum without the restriction of the more rigid structure of the preceding coaching course.

The seminar will also be free to attend for coaches who have qualified on previous courses.

The price of the coaching course (including the seminar) is £199.

Click here to register. Note that this is a long form, but you can use the Save and Continue feature.

See links below for further information:

Introduction to the WPBSA World Billiards Coaching Scheme

List of current WPBSA World Billiards Coaches

September 2016 course (UK)

September 2017 course (Australia)

December 2017 course (UK)

Find a coach (map)





13 Jan 2019

2018/19 Calendar of Events

Dates for 2018/19:

#2018EventCity, CountryLevelStatus
1AUG31-02IB&SA Illawarra OpenWollongong, Australia3Results
2SEP04-06Christchurch Open (Alan Parris Trophy)Christchurch, NZ1Results
3SEP07-09NZBSA New Zealand OpenChristchurch, NZ1Results
OCT19World Championship QualifierLeeds, EnglandResults
4OCT20-21World Open (Jim Williamson Trophy)Leeds, England3Results
5OCT22-26World Billiards ChampionshipLeeds, England5 Results
OCT25WLBS World Women’s ChampionshipLeeds, EnglandResults
6NOV09-11QBSA Queensland OpenRedcliffe, Australia2Results
7DEC01-02British OpenBradford, England3Results
8JAN26-27Scottish OpenKirkcaldy, Scotland4Results
9MAR22-24Sydney OpenSydney, Australia4Confirmed
10MAR30-31English Open (Ron Agnew Trophy)Cambridge, England3TBC
APR19World Matchplay QualifierLeeds, EnglandConfirmed
11APR20-21UK OpenLeeds, England4Confirmed
12APR22-26World Matchplay Billiards ChampionshipLeeds, England5 Confirmed
APR25World Women’s MatchplayLeeds, EnglandConfirmed
APR27-28WPBSA Billiards Coaching CourseLeeds, EnglandConfirmed
APR29Billiards Coaching SeminarLeeds, EnglandConfirmed
13MAY18-19RIBSA Irish OpenCarlow, Ireland3Confirmed
14MAY20-22European OpenCarlow, Ireland5Confirmed
15MAY25-26WVEBL Vimy Ridge ClassicWinnipeg, Canada3Confirmed
16MAY27-31Pan-Am CupWinnipeg, Canada5Confirmed
17JUN11-14Pacific International *Melbourne, Australia5Confirmed
18JUL27-28Welsh OpenCwmbran, Wales3Confirmed
19AUG09-11Illawarra OpenAustralia3Confirmed
20AUG17-18NSC OpenLeeds, England2TBC
2019/20 Season
SEPTBCNZBSA New Zealand OpenNew ZealandTBCTBC
SEP28-29Austrian OpenVienna, AustriaTBCConfirmed
OCT6-7World OpenMelbourne, Australia3Confirmed
OCT8-12World Billiards ChampionshipMelbourne, Australia5Confirmed
NOVTBCQueensland OpenAustraliaTBCTBC
NOV23-24British OpenTBC3TBC

The Pacific International billiards event in Australia is part of a seven day billiards and snooker week. The billiards event is preceded by a three day Australian pen snooker tournament, which is open to anyone.

Please note: only when dates are confirmed on this website are they fully confirmed. Please do not book travel or accommodation on the basis of having seen dates for events published elsewhere. If the event ‚ÄėStatus‚Äô column above is marked as ‚ÄėTBC‚Äô then there is a reason.

Dates subject to change. Please check back for further details as they are confirmed.

12 Jan 2019

2019 Scottish Open

The 2019 Scottish Open

For the Elden Cup

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January


The 2018 Scottish Open will take place on Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th January at Styx, Kirkcaldy.

This event has now been upgraded to a level 4 event with £3000+ prize money and x1.5 ranking points.

Hugh Elden

Hugh Elden

Due to extra sponsorship the entry fee will remain at £40.

Here are some links for the latest info :-

Player List

Latest Results

Session Schedule

To see info about entering events see here.

This tournament will be the last ranking event before the Order of Merit
cut-off point for the
World Matchplay in April. 

For details of travel and accommodation see here.

Any referees willing to officiate at this event please contact Alan Shepherd or Colin Whitelaw.

The Scottish Open trophy is named the Elden Cup in memory of Hugh Elden who represented Scotland in the 2013 World Team Championship and won the
2014 Scottish Championship. Hugh sadly passed away in 2015.


Sponsored by:








Entries are now closed.



12 Jan 2019

Event Hosting Opportunities

Bids for hosting WBL World and Regional (Major) events are invited from NGB’s and Regional Federations.

These events are as follows:

World Championship2020 & beyondAny
World Matchplay2020 & beyondAny
World Cup (Team)2019 & beyondAnyInaugurated Glasgow, Scotland 2014
World Under 21’s2019 & beyondAnyNew event
World Seniors (over 60’s)2019 & beyondAnyNew event
Asian Grand Prix2019 & beyondAsia2018 in Singapore
Americas’ Cup2020 & beyondAmerica2019 in Winnipeg, Canada
European Open2020 & beyondEurope2019 in Carlow, Ireland
Pacific International2020 & beyondOceania2019 in Yarraville, Australia

Events can be combined; for example, a Major event could be combined with a World event, or two World events together. Combinations will be considered if proposed.

For more information please contact Phil Mumford via the Contact Us page..