2024/25 World Snooker Tour Cards

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The WPBSA and WST have today jointly confirmed the provisional tour card structure for the 2024/25 World Snooker Tour.

Retained Places

As in previous seasons, the top 64 players on the official world ranking list following the 2024 Cazoo World Championship will remain on tour.

They will be joined by up to 31 players who are currently on the first year of a two-year tour card, as well as the top four players on the one-year ranking list, not already qualified.

Qualification Pathways

The tour will be completed by players who successfully qualify through recognised tour qualification pathways that reflect the continued growth of snooker around the globe.

These once again include Q School UK/Europe and Q School Asia-Oceania, where a total of twelve two-year tour cards will be on offer.

Two places were recently won at the World Snooker Federation (WSF) Championships, snooker’s most prestigious international amateur championships, in Albania earlier this month. Ka Wai Cheung of Hong Kong China claimed a dominant victory in the final of the mixed gender WSF Championship to secure his place, while 17-year-old Bulcsú Révész claimed victory in the WSF Junior Championship to become Hungary’s first ever professional player.

Snooker’s premier amateur tour, the newly-expanded WPBSA Q Tour Global will carry four places – one to the number one ranked player in UK/Europe, already confirmed as Michael Holt, while three more will be up for grabs at the Global Play-Off to be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina in March.

The World Women’s Snooker (WWS) Tour, which was established as an official tour qualification pathway in 2021, will again offer two places – one to the Women’s World Championship winner and another to the highest-ranked player not on the World Snooker Tour. Should either Reanne Evans or Baipat Siripaporn win the world title again in March, the second card will also go to the next highest ranked player on the WWS ranking list.

The final places will be claimed by recognised regional qualifiers from Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions, in addition to the CBSA China Tour.

Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “We are pleased to confirm the minimum guaranteed World Snooker Tour structure for the 2024/25 season.

“We now have a robust and established Tour qualification structure which provides opportunities for aspiring amateur players around the world to earn their professional places, as well as current players the chance to retain their spots.

“The continued growth of the WPBSA Q Tour Global – which this season has seen its number of Tour places double to four – is a significant step, with the relaunched Global Playoff in Bosnia and Herzegovina set to include players from the UK/Europe, Americas, Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions for the first time.

“Together with the two places won at the WSF Championships, the biggest competition in amateur snooker globally, earlier this month, our commitment to our network of global partners and our international qualification structure is clear and will only continue to strengthen in future seasons.”

Full qualification list:

Top 64 from the two-year Prize Money World Rankings after the 2024 World Championship: 64

Players awarded a two-year Tour card for the 2023/2024 season (not already qualified): 31*

Top 4 players from 2023/2024 one-year ranking list following the 2024 World Championship (not already qualified)** 4

Q School UK/Europe**: 8

Q School Asia-Oceania**: 4

WPBSA Q Tour**: 4

WSF Championship**: 1

WSF Junior Championship**: 1

World Women’s Snooker Qualifiers**: 2

EBSA European Qualifiers**: 2

APBSF Asia Pacific Qualifier**: 1

PABSA Americas Qualifier**: 1

ABSC Africas Qualifier**: 1

CBSA China Tour**: 2

*Final total subject to change if any of these players finish inside of the top 64 of the two-year prize money rankings after the 2024 World Championship

 **Players will receive a two-year tour card

In addition to these minimum guaranteed places, there may be additional Invitational Tour Cards and/or places for any player who qualifies for the final stages of the Cazoo World Championship at the Crucible, who otherwise would not earn a new tour card. Q School numbers may also be reviewed subject to tour numbers at the season end.

The position in respect of these potential qualification routes will be confirmed prior to the release of the entry pack for the Cazoo World Championship.