World Pool-Billiard Association

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World Pool-Billiard Association
World Pool-Billiard Association logo.jpg
Sport Pool
Category Cue sports
JurisdictionWorldwide
AbbreviationWPA
Founded1987 (1987)
Affiliation World Confederation of Billiards Sports
President Ian Anderson
Official website
wpapool.org

The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pool (pocket billiards). It was formed in 1987, and was initially headed by a provisional board of directors consisting of representatives from Japan, the United States, Sweden, and Germany. as of February 2019, the WPA president is Ian Anderson of Australia. It is an associate of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS), the international umbrella organization that encompasses the major cue sports.

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History

Many European players, who had the European Championships as their highest level of competition, have been aware of pool events in the United States; they were dissatisfied with the development of the sport in the continent, and wanted to compete at a higher level. In 1976, the Europeans held a world championship in Japan, which spawned some interest and initial contacts with Asia. However, most of the efforts were initiated by individuals or national organizations, and progressed slowly.

In November 1987, at a European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) board meeting in Germany, the idea of a worldwide competition resurfaced. The EPBF board members used their own money to fund a group to create a logo, letterheads and communications with various pool organizations. Kazuo Fujima of Japan replied that Asia was interested in participating. The group's general assembly was held in conjunction with the 1988 European Championships in Stockholm, Sweden. The group also formed a provisional board that consisted of Kazuo Fujima (Japan), Paul Gerni (USA), Jorgen Sandman (Sweden), and Horst Vondenhoff (Germany). [1]

In March 1990, the inaugural WPA World Nine-ball Championship was held in Bergheim, Germany. The playing field included 32 men and 16 women in separate divisions, and has since become an annual event. [1]

On March 3, 1990, the World Pool-Billiard Association was sanctioned by the general assembly as the international governing body for pool. The acronym WPA was selected so it would not conflict with the existing Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA). [1]

Membership in the WPA has grown since its inception. In 1991, Australia and New Zealand, under the umbrella of the Australasian Pool Association, became members. In 1999, the organizations associated with Latin America and the Caribbean became members, and in 2000, a substantial portion of the organizations from Africa joined. [1]

Sanctioned tournaments

Member confederations and countries

Map of member countries as of November 2011
(July 2008 data also available) WPA map.PNG
Map of member countries as of November 2011(July 2008 data also available)

The WPA members are grouped by six continental/regional confederations, who in turn, consist of members from a country's national federation. The chart and table shows the WPA's members as of October 2017: [2]

Organization
(and map key color)
Member Countries
All Africa Pool Association (AAPA) [2]

Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana

Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi
Flag of Mauritius.svg  Mauritius
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria

Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Flag of Eswatini.svg  Swaziland
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe

Asian Pocket Billiard Union (APBU) [2]

Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
Flag of Brunei.svg  Brunei
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China, People's Republic of
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg  Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Flag of Qatar.svg  Doha-Qatar
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
Flag of India.svg  India

Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia

Flag of Iran.svg  Iran

Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
Flag of Macau.svg  Macau
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives
Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan

Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines

Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia

Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore

Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam

Billiard Congress of America (BCA) [note 1] [2]

Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Confederation Panamerica of Billiards (CPB)

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba

Flag of Bolivia.svg  Bolivia
Flag of Bonaire.svg  Bonaire
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile

Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Flag of Curacao.svg  Curaçao
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala

Flag of Honduras (darker variant).svg  Honduras

Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico

Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela

European Pocket Billiard Federation (EPBF) [2] [3]

Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic

Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia

Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain (UK)
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Flag of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.svg  North Cyprus
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway

Flag of Poland.svg  Poland

Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine

The EPBF pre-dates, and was a founding member of the WPA.

Oceania Pocket Billiard Association (OPBA) [2]

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand

Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti

Board members

As of 2021, the WPA board consist of: [4]

See also

Notes

  1. The BCA is a single organization, without separate national US and Canadian federations. It pre-dates, and was a founding member of, the WPA.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "WPA History". WPA Pool. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Continental Members". World Pool-Billiard Association: The Official Website for the World Governing Body of Pool. World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA). Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  3. "Members of EPBF". EPBF.com. European Pocket Billiard Federation. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  4. "WPA Board". WPA Pool. Retrieved 16 February 2021.