New tour card structure for 2022-23 snooker season announced by WST and WPBSA

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The provisional plans for the 2022/23 season tour card structure have been announced by WST and the WPBSA and there are some changes from the current campaign.

Regional qualifying paths have been restricted during the pandemic, but they are back for next season, while the long-awaited Q Tour is set to get up and running and provide places on the main tour.

The bulk of the tour for next season will be made up of the top 64 on the world rankings at the end of this campaign, and all the players who are outside the 64 but were given two-year cards at the start of the 2021/22 season (currently 31, but that could change by the end of the campaign.

The provisional routes onto the tour for next season are set out below.



2022/23 WST season tour card structure

Full qualification list:

Top 64 from the two-year Prize Money World Rankings after the 2022 World Championship: 64

Players awarded a two-year Tour card for the 2021/2022 season (not already qualified): 31*

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Top 4 players from 2021/2022 one-year ranking list following the 2022 World Championship (not already qualified)** 4

CBSA China Tour**: 2

Q School**: 12

WPBSA Q Tour**: 2

WSF Championship**: 1

WSF Under-18 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

*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 2022 World Championship

**Players will receive a two-year tour card

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: ‘We are delighted to announce the tour structure for 2022/23. This is a golden era for snooker in terms of our strength in depth and the standard of play on our global tour gets stronger every year.

‘We are particularly excited to bring back tour places for the winners of the fantastic amateur events staged around the world, providing incentive and opportunity for the best new talent from around the planet. It is so important to see the leading players from all continents, including Africa and the Americas, playing in the spotlight of our professional circuit, in order to help our sport grow in those regions.

‘We are one of the few truly inclusive sports, with no barriers in terms of gender, age and nationality, and that is reflected in our tour structure.’

While the numbers stated could change, these routes onto the tour total 124 players, meaning there are four other spaces currently available, which may be given out as invitational wildcards.

Stephen Hendry’s two-year tour card comes to an end at the climax of this season and he has already said he would expect another one to be offered if he wants to continue playing.

The announcement also confirms that two new qualifiers from the women’s tour will join the main tour on two-year cards, with Reanne Evand and Ng On-yee going into the second year of their cards.

The Q Tour will get underway at some point after the start of November, with dates to be announced, and see a minimum of four events held in the UK over the rest of this season.

64 amateur players can compete in each event and the player at the top of the Q Tour rankings at the end of the campaign earning a spot on the main tour.

The second Q Tour qualifying spot will be given to the winner of a 16-player play-off tournament.

Ferguson said: ‘I am delighted that we are able to announce our plans for the staging of WPBSA Q Tour this season.

‘Snooker has not been immune to the effects of the pandemic, and it is of course the amateur game that has perhaps been most significantly affected as a direct result of the coronavirus restrictions that we have all experienced over the past 18 months. I know that it has been an extremely challenging time for these fantastic players and I am grateful for their continued patience as we have worked to provide opportunities to compete.

‘The launch of WPBSA Q Tour 2021/22 represents the first of these opportunities and will be a significant addition to our calendar for elite amateur players, providing a direct pathway to the World Snooker Tour.’


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