2024 WSF Championships Headed to Golem, Albania: Snooker’s Premier Amateur Event

The World Snooker Federation (WSF), in collaboration with the Albanian Snooker Federation, has officially announced that the 2024 WSF Championships are scheduled to take place in Golem, Albania. This prominent event will span from January 29 to February 11, 2024, encompassing two esteemed open tournaments. These tournaments will grant direct qualifications to the World Snooker Tour for their respective winners.

The WSF Championships, organized by WSF and endorsed by snooker’s global governing body, the WPBSA, stand as the pinnacle of the amateur snooker calendar on a worldwide scale. The fifth installment of this competition is anticipated to attract a substantial number of participants.

The Grand Blue Fafa Resort will serve as the venue for this 14-day extravaganza, which will feature the open WSF Championship (February 3-11, 2024). In the previous season, this title was clinched by 19-year-old Ma Hailong of China, who secured a commanding 5-0 victory against England’s Stan Moody in the final match.

The event will commence with the WSF Junior Championship (January 29 – February 2, 2023), which led to Moody earning a spot on the World Snooker Tour after his impressive 5-1 victory over compatriot Liam Pullen.

Both tournaments will remain open to players of all nationalities and genders, with the victor of each receiving a two-year professional Tour card starting from the 2024/25 season. Additionally, elite performers at the championship will have further opportunities to compete in subsequent World Snooker Tour events.

Similar to 2023, alongside the Junior Championships, plans are underway to host a World Women’s Snooker (WWS) ranking event. For more details, you can visit the WWS website.

All competitions will be played on Xing Pai Championship tables, ensuring that the WSF adheres to the highest standards set forth by the WPBSA for the World Snooker Tour and its recognized development pathways to the Tour.

WSF President Jason Ferguson expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The WSF Championships represent a key date on the calendar for all amateur snooker players, and I am delighted to confirm that the fifth edition of this major event will be held in Albania. Situated on the coastline of the beautiful Adriatic Sea, our players could not wish for a more spectacular location off the table. On the table, we will provide high-quality conditions for a tournament of this magnitude. I would like to thank President Ogert Shkrepa and his team at the Albanian Snooker Federation for their support and am already looking forward to welcoming all players from around the world to the Championships.”

For entry into both tournaments, participants are to register through WPBSA SnookerScores, with additional information set to be released in the near future.

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