Q School 2023 gets underway today (Friday) in Leicester, with the Asia-Oceania Q School to follow next week.
The WPBSA wishes all competitors every success as they bid to claim a place on the World Snooker Tour, with key information available below:
How can I follow it?
Click here for live scores and here for the match schedule. If you live in China, you can watch the action online on Migu and Huya.
Are fans allowed in?
No, unfortunately there is no access for fans at this event.
What is Q School?
It’s the qualifying school for the World Snooker Tour and it has been running since 2011. It is open to all-comers and this year there are 208 players, battling for eight tour cards. There is also a separate Asia-Oceania Q School in Thailand, which this year has 99 players, bringing the total number of 2023 Q School players to a record 307.
How do they qualify for the tour?
There are two tournaments in Leicester, the first running from May 26-31 and the second from June 1-6. It’s a flat draw and most players will need to win six matches to reach the semi-finals. The four semi-finalists from each of the two events earn a place on the pro circuit for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 seasons. All matches are best of seven frames.
Who’s in it?
Notables in the field include veteran Tony Knowles, former pros Peter Lines, Alexander Ursenbacher, Alfie Burden, Andrew Higginson, Michael Holt, Gerard Greene and Robin Hull, up-and-coming talents Liam Davies, Riley Powell and Vladislav Gradinari and new women’s British Open champion Bai Yulu.
What does the Q School ranking list mean?
An Order of Merit will be compiled during Q School with players earning one point for every frame won. During the 2023/2024 season, should the number of entries in any World Snooker Tour event fall below the required number of entrants, subject to wildcards and commercial agreements, the highest ranked players from the Q School Order of Merit will be used to top up to the required number of entrants.
View the UK event one draw
View the UK event two draw
View the match schedule
View the Asia-Oceania event one draw
View the Asia-Oceania event two draw
View the Asia-Oceania event one match schedule
View the Asia-Oceania event two match schedule