Since 2018 the WSF has played a key role in providing direct access to the World Snooker Tour through the staging of major international competitions.
The 2024 WSF Championships will be held in Albania from 29 January – 11 February.
The event will include an open championship and a junior championship, each tournament carrying a World Snooker Tour card for its winner.
Further information, including the entry pack for both tournaments is now available HERE.
The most recent edition of the WSF Championships saw players compete across Open and Junior tournaments in Sydney, Australia for the first time.
The titles were claimed by Ma Hailong of China (Open) and England’s Stan Moody (Junior), as the pair each secured promotion to the professional World Snooker Tour by winning main tour cards from the start of the 2023/24 season.
Additional opportunities were earned to compete at the 2023 Cazoo World Snooker Championship by the semi-finalist of each tournament.
The inaugural WSF Championships staged in March 2018 were headlined by an all-new mixed gender competition won by China’s Luo Honghao, who alongside runner-up Adam Stefanow from Poland subsequently turned professional for the first time.
Alongside this tournament, the event was also staged alongside the World Women’s Snooker Championship, won for the third time by Ng On Yee, while the first WSF Seniors Championship saw Brazil’s Igor Figueiredo defeat Darren Morgan to emerge victorious.
In 2020, the WSF returned to Malta with the WSF Open and the new WSF Junior Open competition. For the first time these tournaments were staged as entirely open events, with players of any gender or nationality welcomed to compete.
The junior competition was contested by China’s Gao Yang and England’s Sean Maddocks, with the former running out a 5-2 winner to claim the title and a two-year professional tour card. The open age competition saw Ashley Hugill reclaim his place on the World Snooker Tour with a 5-3 victory against Ukraine’s Iulian Boiko.
All four finalists would ultimately earn professional status as a result of their performances, while several other players would be rewarded for their achievements by qualification for prestigious professional events including the World Championship.
In 2022, the Championships were held in England at the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy, Sheffield, for the first time following the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s Si Jiahui lifted the main title following success against Lee Stephens, while Ukraine’s Anton Kazakov lifted the junior title.