The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Limited (“The WPBSA”) is the governing body for both Snooker and Billiards worldwide. The WPBSA governs these sports through regulation and application of the rules of the association. The objectives of the WPBSA include:
To promote, encourage and popularise the games of snooker and billiards generally and in particular for the benefit of Members of the Company, To preserve the prestige and dignity of professional snooker and billiards, To provide through Rules and Regulations for deciding and settling all differences that may arise between Members of the Company in reference to due compliance with the Laws of the games of snooker and billiards or the Rules and Regulations of the Company.
Originally incorporated as a Company limited by guarantee on 13th January 1982 the WPBSA has always been a Members association. The members, who have to qualify for membership but once achieved have a right to retain membership annually in perpetuity, control the association but delegate responsibility for the running of the association on a day to day basis to the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors are elected to office at the AGM and one third of the constituted board must retire by rotation at each AGM. The Board of Directors must at all times consist of a minimum of two Player Directors and there must not be more than five Directors at any time. A Player Director means any person who has at any time been ranked 1-128 in the Ranking Lists produced by the WPBSA.