International Billiards and Snooker Federation

International Billiards and Snooker Federation
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SportSnooker and English billiards (amateur)
HeadquartersDubai, United Arab Emirates
PresidentQatar Mubarak Al-Khayarin(Qatar)[1]
Official website

The International Billiards & Snooker Federation (IBSF) is the organisation that governs non-professional snooker and English billiards around the world. As of 7 May 2013, the organisation is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[2]


In 1971, the World Billiards and Snooker Council was formed, changing its name in 1973 to the International Billiards and Snooker Federation. The name change came about because of the dissatisfaction of many overseas national associations that the Billiards and Snooker Control Council (then the Billiards Association and Control Council) should be the governing body of both the English domestic game and the game at international level. Consequently, the IBSF took control of the organisation of the non-professional championships of both snooker and billiards.[2]


The IBSF is made up of over sixty affiliated countries categorised into one of the five Olympic regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.[2]

The IBSF board of directors has four executive officers (president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer) plus two representatives from each Olympic region. The four executive officers are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Federation and are answerable to IBSF members at the annual general meeting. The IBSF AGM is normally held during the period of the IBSF World Snooker Championships.[2]


The aims and objectives of the IBSF are to co-ordinate, promote and develop the sports of billiards and snooker on a non-professional level and, as the world governing body, to determine championship conditions, formats, dates and venues for the following:

Relationships to other organisations[edit]

The IBSF is (alongside the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, WPBSA) one of the two snooker-focused organisational member of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS).[3] The WCBS is an organisation that promotes cue sports in the form of carom, pool and snooker; its primary aim is to gain the acceptance of these three cue sports disciplines into the Olympic Games.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) terminated its relationship with the IBSF on 31 July 2017, over conflicts involving the two organisations' relative leadership positions within WCBS, making allegations of IBSF misconduct.[4] As a result of the split, the WPBSA has revoked the Professional Main Tour cards that were once afforded to the IBSF World Mens and World Under-21 Champions. On 5 October 2017, WPBSA announced the formation of the World Snooker Federation (WSF), with stated goals similar to those of WCBS, but focused on amateur and professional snooker, and is inviting regional and national amateur snooker federations to join WSF.[5]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "International Billiards & Snooker Federation". Dubai: International Billiards & Snooker Federation. homepage and various subpages. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "About us". World Confederation of Billiards Sports. 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  4. ^ "WPBSA Statement". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  5. ^ "World Snooker Federation (WSF)". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 5 October 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.

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