EBSA
European amateur players will once again have the chance to gain a place on the professional tour via the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) Qualifying Tour in 2013/14.

 

The EBSA qualifying tour was introduced last season to give amateurs an extra opportunity to graduate to the World Snooker Tour. Germany's Patrick Einsle, England's Stuart Carrington and Welshman Jak Jones were the first three winners from the tour, having come through the play-offs staged in Sheffield in April.

 

The 2013/14 EBSA qualifying tour will be a series of four events, staged concurrently with the following World Snooker European Tour events:


 

Bluebell Wood Open (ET3), Doncaster Dome: August 14-17
Paul Hunter Classic (ET4), Stadhalle, Furth: August 22-25
Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup, The Capital Venue, Gloucester (ET 6): November 7-10
Antwerp Open, Lotto Arena, Antwerp (ET 7): November 14-17

 

Entry into the EBSA Qualifying Tour is free but can only be made by entering the World Snooker European Tour events. The EBSA events will only be open to amateur players registered with a national governing body of the EBSA.

 

A ranking system will run across the four events. The four event winners, plus the next eight players on the ranking list, will go through to the final play offs.

 

Those 12 players will then be separated into three quartets, who will play semi-finals and a final. The three winners will be handed a two year card for the World Snooker Tour in 2014/15 and 2015/16.

 

WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: "We feel the new EBSA Qualifying Tour worked really well last season with excellent levels of participation in all the events. It's an extra chance for players to earn a place on the main tour and the rewards available for the three eventual winners are fantastic.

 

"There has never been a better time to be a snooker player, amateur or professional. The opportunities offered by the European Tour events are phenomenal. Snooker is growing rapidly on the continent and hopefully we will continue to see talented players from the region emerging."


 

Maxime Cassis, EBSA President, added: "The 2013/14 EBSA qualifying tour will be a great opportunity for all amateur players from all around Europe to qualify for the Professional Tour.


 

"The events will be held in Doncaster, Furth, Gloucester and Antwerp and it promises to be an exciting season for all European players. On behalf of the EBSA I would like to thank the WPBSA for their support for amateur players."


 

The deadline for entering the Bluebell Wood Open and Paul Hunter Classic is Monday July 22 at 12 noon (UK time).