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Further Challenge Tour Venues Confirmed

The calendar of events for the 2019-20 Challenge Tour season is now available.

As previously announced the 2019-20 Challenge Tour will comprise ten events, followed by a play-off. The dates are:

  • Event 1: August 31-September 1. Germany – Nuremberg (Ballroom Nürnberg)
  • Event 2: September 21-22. England – Newbury (The Crucible Sports & Social Club)
  • Event 3: October 5-6. England – Leeds (Northern Snooker Centre)
  • Event 4: Oct 19-20 Belgium – Bruges (The Trickshot)
  • Event 5: Nov 2-3 England – Brighton (Castle Snooker and Sports Bar)
  • Event 6: Nov 16-17 Hungary – Budapest (Hungary Snooker Academy)
  • Event 7: Dec 14-15 Belgium – Neerpelt (De Maxx Snooker, Pool en Café)
  • Event 8: Jan 18-19 England – Tamworth (Tamworth Sports Bar)
  • Event 9: Feb 15-16 Wales – Llanelli (Terry Griffiths Matchroom)
  • Event 10: Feb 29-Mar 1 England – Leicester (The Winchester)
  • Playoff: Mar 28-29 TBC

World Snooker director Jason Ferguson said: “We are delighted to announce a range of high quality venues for this season’s Challenge Tour. This tour is an important breeding ground for talent, giving players below professional level the chance to improve their skills and gain competitive experience.

“The final play off in March will be awarded to a suitably prestigious venue and host nation. We have ongoing discussions and the venue will be announced in due course.”

The player who finishes top of the Challenge Tour rankings after ten events will be awarded a Tour Card. The next eight players in the rankings with go into a play-off event, with the winner of that event to receive the second Tour Card. The draw for the play-off will be seeded with the player highest in the Challenge Tour rankings drawn against the eighth highest, and so on. The prize money for each event will be £10,000.

The field for events will be made up as follows:

UK Events

  • The top 56 players from the 2019 Q School ranking list
  • Eight Wildcards, to be selected with the intention to promote the development of grassroots talent
  • If necessary, the last-64 round will then be topped up with players on the Q School ranking list

European Events

  • The top 56 players from the 2019 Q School ranking list. All 56 will be directly entered into the last 64.
  • Eight Wildcards, to be selected with the intention to promote the development of grassroots talent.
  • An unlimited number of further entrants will compete in pre-qualifying stages, playing down to the available places in the last 64.

The two available World Snooker Tour Cards will be for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.