Regarding tour qualification criteria for future seasons, World Snooker and the WPBSA have announced the following:
Eight Players From One-Year List
The top 64 from the two-year ranking list at the end of the 2016/17 season will retain their tour cards, as usual. The next eight players from a one-year ranking list, only counting money earned during the 2016/17 season, will be handed a fresh two-year tour card.
This replaces the eight places for players on the now-defunct European Tour Order of Merit as used in recent seasons.
Two Amateur Places
In conjunction with the European Billiards and Snooker Association, it has been agreed that two tour cards will be allocated to amateurs, using a similar system to the EBSA Play-Offs.
An amateur Order of Merit will run across two events: the 2016 Paul Hunter Classic and 2017 Gibraltar Open. Amateurs will be able enter these two world ranking events. The best eight amateurs on this Order of Merit over these two events will go through to a Play-Off event in 2017. The two winners from the Play-Off will each be handed a two-year tour card.