World Women’s Snooker (WWS) was formed in 1981 by Mandy Fisher and has been responsible for the staging of international women’s snooker events ever since.
WWS through its development tour aims to increase participation in the sport among women and girls, remaining accessible for newcomers to the sport while also providing a pathway for elite talent to compete on the mixed gender World Snooker Tour and in high-level amateur competitions.
The World Women’s Snooker Tour hosts several world ranking events each season, most notably the World Women’s Snooker Championship. Contested since 1976, the most prestigious event in women’s snooker has been staged in countries including England, Singapore, Malta and Thailand in recent seasons, with players from around the world taking part.
In 2015, WWS underwent a major restructure as it became a subsidiary company of snooker’s world governing body, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). Previously known as World Ladies Billiards and Snooker, the company became World Women’s Snooker in 2018 as part of its long-term strategy.
In 2021, a landmark decision was taken by the World Snooker Tour and the WPBSA that the WWS Tour would become an official qualifying tour to the professional circuit. Top two ranked players Reanne Evans and Ng On Yee subsequently turned professional for the start of the 2021/22 season.
With the support provided by the WSF and WPBSA, the World Women’s Snooker Tour provides a clear pathway for the world’s best women players to be able to play at prestigious mixed gender professional events. These have included the professional World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, the IWGA World Games in Poland, Challenge Tour, Q School, the Shoot Out and the Champion of Champions.
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The WWS board is run on a day-to-day basis by its Board of Directors, under the governance of the WPBSA. WPBSA chairman and World Snooker Tour director Jason Ferguson also assists the board in an advisory role.
You can also learn more about the history of the World Women’s Snooker Championship.
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