World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

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The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) is the governing body of professional snooker and English billiards based in Bristol, England. It owns and publishes the official rules of the two sports and engages in promotional activities. The Professional Billiard Players Association (PBPA) was founded in 1946, and, after some years of inactivity, was revived in 1968 and renamed the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association in 1970.

It owns a 26 per cent share of World Snooker, which organises the professional snooker ranking circuit events. It also supports World Women’s Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker, and English billiards through World Billiards.

SportSnooker (professional) and English billiards
HeadquartersBristol, England, UK
ChairmanJason Ferguson
ReplacedProfessional Billiard Players Association (PBPA)
Official website



According to its financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2019, the principal activities of the WPBSA are “the governance of professional snooker and billiards through the regulation and application of the rules of the association, the development of snooker and billiards as a sport and the sanctioning of the Professional Snooker Tour”.[1] The governing body for the non-professional aspect of snooker and billiards is the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF).[2]

The WPBSA has a number of associated organisations, including World Snooker, World BilliardsWorld Women’s Snooker and World Disability Billiards and Snooker.(more)