Rules of Snooker and English Billiards

These are the rules that govern how to play snooker and English billiards.

The current version of the Rulebook was initially released in August 2019 and represents the most significant rules update in the sport in many years.

Overseen by the WPBSA Rules Committee chaired by Jan Verhaas, in consultation with experienced referees around the world, the update added clarity and consistency of wording to the previous rules, as well as making a small number of key changes.

With snooker and English billiards now played in more countries than ever before, the revised rules were also written to be easier to translate into other languages.

The WPBSA Rules Committee have the responsibility to protect and respect the integrity of the Rules and keep the Game ‘fair’ at all levels. The Committee understands that not every situation can be covered but will always study those situations and try to adjust where necessary to minimize debate and discussion. Therefore, it is inevitable that, from time to time, the Rules may be reworded or changed for the benefit of the Game.

The download link on this page will always provide the most up-to-date Rules of the Games of Snooker and English Billiards.

Notifications of any changes, together with explanatory notes, will also be published on this page.

Also, if necessary, tools in the form of inserts will be provided for customers who have purchased a hard copy of the Rulebook.

Order Your Copy

Hard copies of the official Rulebook are available for purchase. View order instructions.

The official printed version of the Rulebook will be reviewed every two years and reprinted if necessary, with the next print scheduled after completion of the WST 2021/2022 season.

WPBSA Rules Committee

The Rules Committee is chaired by senior referee Jan Verhaas, who is

assisted by Brendan Moore, Paul Collier, Derek Budde, Martin Clark,

Colin Humphries and Jason Ferguson.