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IBSF - ACBS World Team Cup 2018 - Invitation

Invitation for the 1st IBSF World Team Cup – 2018 – Doha - Qatar
27 FEBRUARY - 02 MARCH 2018

Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation along with IBSF and ACBS, are pleased to announce the commencement of a new annual event WORLD TEAM CUP 2018 to provide more opportunities to our players. This team championship will be organized every year by Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation in collaboration with IBSF & ACBS.

IBSF hereby cordially extend the official invitation to your Association / Federation to participate in this event. Kindly confirm your participation within seven (7) days on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It is also advised to kindly enter your team in the online entry system on the IBSF Website, using your IBSF Username and Password, on or before 7th February 2018. The following 24 Teams (2 Players max.) are invited on below mentioned criteria;

(Not more than two teams per country)

Selection Criteria



Pakistan - 1
Ireland - 1
Wales - 1
Hong Kong
Thailand - 2
Ireland - 2

One twin sharing room (with breakfast) will be provided free of cost to each participating team in the Official Hotel – Holiday Villa Doha, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Doha, from 26th February till 3rd March, 2018 (5 nights maximum).

Visas shall be arranged free of cost by Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation for all the participants. All the countries requiring visas are hereby advised to kindly send the passport details of the players and officials within one week.

Airport Pick-n-Drop will be provided free of cost by Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation. In this regard, all the member countries are advised to send the flight details on the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , in order to avail the Pick-n-Drop facility.

The nearest Airport is Hamad International Airport – Doha – Qatar.

All the matches shall be played at the Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation Academy, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Al Mansoora, Doha, Qatar.

Tournament Format
  • The 24 teams shall be divided into 8 groups of 3 Teams each.
  • Two Teams from each group shall qualify for the Last 16 Round.
  • Total duration of the Tournament will be 4 days.
  • Four Tables shall be used for Round Robin League matches and two tables for practice.
  • All the matches till Final, shall be played on Best of 5 Frames as follows;
    • Day-1 Round Robin League     3 Sessions (10:00 am, 01:00 pm & 4:00 pm)
    • Day-2 Round Robin League     3 Sessions (10:00 am, 01:00 pm & 4:00 pm)
    • Day-3 Last 16 Round              2 Sessions (10:00 am, 01:00 pm)
    • Day-3 Last 8 Round                1 Session (5:00 pm)
    • Day-4 Semi Finals                   1 Session (1:00 pm)
    • Day-4 Final                            1 Session (5:00 pm)

The Players & Referees meeting will be held on 26th February, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

Prize Money
Total Prize Money of US$ 60,000 as follows:
Winner US$ 15,000 (Team)
Runner Up US$ 7,000 (Team)
Semi Finalists US$ 3,500 each Team
Last 8 US$ 2,500 each Team
Last 16 US$ 1,500 each Team
Last 24 US$ 1,000 each Team
Highest Break US$ 1,000

For any further information, kindly contact on following numbers or email address;
Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation
Contact No. : +974 44356077
QBSF Technical Committee: +974 66613508
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IBSF Statement: 24th January 2018

Dear Members

The IBSF recently attended a meeting with the WPBSA hosted by the WCBS in Lausanne on the 18th January.
Each side were asked to give a brief summary of their current position

The WCBS stated from the start of the meeting that they do not recognize the newly formed WSF.
The WCBS stated their interpretation of the snooker membership was to recognize the independent membership of the IBSF and WPBSA.
It was never stated or agreed during the meeting that the Snooker member of the WCBS was an organisation known as the WSF.
It was never stated or agreed that if the WPBSA holds individual membership of the WCBS, it also holds this membership on behalf of the WSF and its many members.

The IBSF recognised that the WSF may continue to exist as a pathway for players to attain professional status, although there were differences of opinion as to how this could be achieved.
However the IBSF made it very clear they could not accept the WSF were entitled to seek membership from National Federations.
In the interest of moving forward the IBSF were prepared to accept the WSF may seek membership from individual players who wished to compete for main tour places only.

The WPBSA did state at the meeting that for qualification to the World Snooker Tour, federations staging or sending players to tour qualifying events must be members of the World Snooker Federation. The WPBSA did also state that National Federations can be members of any other National, Regional or International Federation.

The IBSF did not agree with the above statements from the WPBSA and did not agree to the establishing of a second International Federation for National Governing bodies. The IBSF also stated that if we allowed two International Federations for Snooker why stop at two, why not have 3 or 4 Federations.
It was also stated by the other members of the WCBS Pool and Carom that there could not be two International Federations representing National Federations

The IBSF committed to a further meeting on 6th February with the WPBSA to explore how the IBSF and WSF can coexist.
It was recognised by all parties that the WCBS constitution is in need of review to ensure compliance to the current Olympic Charter.

The IBSF requested the WPBSA speak with the EBSA board and agree an extension of the deadline for national federations to become WSF members and enable their players to compete for main tour places at the 2018 EBSA European Championships until after the agreed meeting between the IBSF and WPBSA on the 6th February.
Extending the deadline from the 22nd January to the 31st of January is of no benefit and shows the WPBSA have not taken due consideration of the IBSF position in this matter.

The IBSF are clear that they are the recognised International Federation for National Federations and there is not a need for another.
The IBSF accept that the WPBSA are the recognised Organisation for professional players and those players aspiring to be a professional.

The WCBS requested the WPBSA confirm the number of countries who have joined the WSF.
The only reply offered was “many countries”. Why is there such secrecy surrounding membership of WSF?

Finally the IBSF fully support the statement issued by the WCBS and view it as an accurate account of the meeting.

WCBS STATEMENT on issues between IBSF & WPBSA

The WCBS released a statement after their meeting held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 18th January 2018, which is reiterated below:
A meeting was held yesterday in Lausanne between the WCBS Executive and representatives of the snooker members, WPBSA and IBSF.

WCBS confirmed that the snooker members remain as WPBSA and IBSF. The WCBS does not recognize the newly formed World Snooker Federation (WSF) as an official entity within the WCBS structure.

WCBS informed both parties that they will organize an Extraordinary General Assembly as soon as convenient to approve a new constitution that will meet all the necessary requirements and clearly define WCBS divisional membership and representation.

Discussions took place between IBSF and WPBSA on how the two organizations can work together in the future for the betterment of professional and amateur snooker. There was no final agreement reached but they will continue their discussions on February 6 in Frankfurt, with the anticipation of finding a final resolution.

A request from the IBSF was made to WPBSA to postpone the deadline of the closing date (January 22) for European federations to nominate themselves as members of WSF until after the next meeting in Frankfurt. WPBSA agreed to speak with the European Federation about this matter.

Ian Anderson
WCBS President


Copy of Official Letter from WCBS President, Mr. Ian Anderson

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