FAQs

Below we answer a number of frequently asked questions about the World Women’s Snooker Tour and women’s snooker more generally…

Why do women not compete on the ‘men’s’ tour?

There is no such thing as the ‘men’s tour’ in snooker – the professional World Snooker Tour is inclusive and open to players of any gender who are able to qualify for it.

Each season there are approximately 128 professional players, with players qualifying through events such as Q School, the World Snooker Federation Championships and other championships held by recognised regional governing bodies. All of these competitions are mixed gender and provide access to the professional tour for men and women.

Snooker is a rare example of a sport that can place men and women on the same field of play to compete equally and it is our long-term goal to be able to help elite talent to progress to the professional tour.

Why is there a separate women’s tour?

The World Women’s Snooker Tour is a developmental tour aimed at increasing participation in snooker among women and girls from across the world.

Historically, women have faced barriers to getting involved with snooker which we believe has negatively affected the level of participation in our sport. However, in recent years several steps have been taken, both by WWS and the WPBSA in our sport and society in general to break these barriers down and participation among women is now rising.

We are committed to providing opportunities for women and girls of all ages, experience or ability, to be able to pick up a cue and compete at grassroots level and ultimately a platform to compete at professional level.

Why is women’s snooker not on television?

Action from World Women’s Snooker tournaments is regularly streamed online via our official Facebook page or the official WPBSA YouTube channel.

We strive to provide increased exposure for women’s snooker and the WWS Tour with the support of the WPBSA, World Snooker Tour and the World Snooker Federation and their broadcast partners.

In 2019 the Women’s Tour Championship was broadcast live within the UK via Freesports for the first time. In recent seasons we have also had matches televised via the Eurosport Player.