BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Dates for the qualifiers have yet to be confirmed.
The World Championship, sponsored by Betfred, is snooker’s most important event, and one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.
For 17 days each Spring, the very best on the planet go through a test of endurance, skill and mental toughness with an ultimate goal: to lift snooker’s most famous and coveted trophy. The tournament has been running since 1927 and is steeped in history, from the days of Joe Davis, through the 1980s when snooker became the biggest sport in Britain, to the modern era when greats such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry have graced the green baize.
Since 1977, the tournament has been staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, renowned for its unique and intense atmosphere. The tournament is supported by Sheffield City Council and will stay in the city until at least 2027. Host broadcaster is BBC Sport and the event is watched by nearly 500 million people worldwide. It is sport at its finest. In 2018 the champion was Mark Williams, who beat John Higgins 18-16 in the final to win it for the third time. Judd Trump won it for the first time in 2019, beating Higgins 18-9.