The English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards can today announce its selection criteria for those who will be offered invitations to represent England for the upcoming 2020 EBSA European Amateur Snooker Championships that will take place between the 7th to 22nd of March in Albufeira, Portugal.
Following discussion between EPSB board members, the invitation criteria for each tournament is listed below. The EPSB have a deadline of February 9th to provide the European Billiards and Snooker Association (EBSA) with its nominations for all categories.
Please note, for age-specific events, we have abided by the EBSA’s rules on eligible players.
European Under-18 Championship – 4 Nominations
- The 2019 English Under-18 Champion Jenson Kendrick is ineligible, as too is the runner-up Hamim Hussain, therefore an invitation will go to the 2019 English Under-16 Champion Paul Deaville.
Should Paul not accept the invite, the u-16 runner-up will be offered it.
- The top ranked player from each of this season’s ongoing Under-20 Regional Development North, Midlands and South Tours following the conclusion of event four in each area on the 19th of January 2020.
Should a top ranked player not be eligible, or if they choose not to accept the invite, the next player down on that specific regional ranking list will be offered the spot.
European Under-21 Championship – 4 Nominations
- The 2019 English Under-21 Champion Mark Lloyd.
Should Mark not accept the invite, the u-21 runner-up will be offered it.
- The top three ranked players from this season’s Under-21 Premier Development Tour following the conclusion of event four on the weekend of the 8th & 9th of February 2020.
Should a player on this ranking list have already qualified, or choose not to accept the invite, the next player down on the ranking list will be offered the spot.
The winner of the 2020 European Under-21 Championship will be offered a two-year professional tour card for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
European 6-Red Championship – 4 Nominations
- The 2019 English 6-Red champion Jenson Kendrick, runner-up Hamim Hussain and the semi-finalists Manasawin Phetmalaikul and Graham Beardmore will all be offered invites.
European Amateur Championship – 5 Nominations
- Both of this season’s finalists in the 100th English Amateur Championship.
Should one, or both players choose not to accept the invite, the next highest ranked player on the English Amateur Tour ranking list (who hasn’t already been invited) will be offered the place(s).
- The top three ranked players from this season’s English Amateur Tour following the conclusion of event five on the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of February 2020.
Should one or more players have already qualified via reaching the 100th English Amateur Championship Final, or if they choose not to accept the invite, the next highest ranked player on the list will be offered the place(s).
The winner of the 2020 European Amateur Championship will be offered a two-year professional tour card for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons.
Should any invites remain unaccepted by the criteria above, the EPSB board will decide on how to award the spot. Please note that the EPSB board may also use discretion should they need to go down a ranking list further than anticipated for an eligible player to accept an invite.
All players who have achieved an invite will be contacted directly by the EPSB and offered the relevant spot (when their qualifcation method has been confirmed).
As well as the previously mentioned professional tour cards for the European Under-21 and Amateur Championship winners, invites into other major events may also be on offer in all four competitions.
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