Blackball International is the governing body for the sport of blackball pool worldwide.
Our primary objective is to promote and develop the game of blackball pool as an international sport.
An important remit of Blackball International is the procurement of tenders to host the biennial World Blackball Championships at which countries from throughout the world are represented in individual and team competition.
The venue for the 2022 World Championships has been chosen.
We are delighted that it is Albi, France and the event will run from the 8th to the 15th October 2022.
On these pages you’ll find comprehensive information about our organisation plus current news and a blog about blackball pool… and of course regularly updated details of the forthcoming World Championships.
For those unfamiliar with blackball, here are a few images which provide a flavour of our sport.
Blackball pool was officially sanctioned by the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) in 2005 following a meeting in London the previous year in which the rules of the game were formally introduced to the cue sports community.
Having secured the recognition of the WPA, national organisations were able to unite under a single structure and everyone could play the small-table game to exactly the same rules.
Blackball International as an organisation came into being in August 2008 and was charged with administering the sport.
Blackball pool is now enjoyed globally.
It is played as a fun game in bars, clubs and pool halls.
Blackball is also played competitively by both amateur and professional players at national and international level.
Cue Sports Organisations
Blackball International administers all aspects of blackball pool under the auspices of the World Pool-Billiards Association (WPA) which is the international controlling body for all forms of pool.
The WPA is in turn a member of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports (WCBS).
The WCBS is the umbrella organisation encompassing all major billiards sports. Those being carom billiards, snooker and pool games of several varieties, including blackball.
The WCBS is the only billiards organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
Note that billiards is a generic name for all cue sports in the above context.
It is a responsibility of Blackball International to promulgate and when necessary update the rules of play relating to the game of blackball pool.
The game is a form of eight-ball pool which was first popularised in the USA early in the last century.
Blackball is played with 15 coloured object balls and a cue ball.
The object balls consist of two groups of seven and the black ball.
The group balls are coloured red and yellow.
The player or team potting their own group of object balls and the black ball wins the game.
The rules of blackball pool are well documented and can be viewed on this website.
Blackball International liaises with continental and national pool organisations to ensure the success of the World Blackball Championships.
This biennial tournament has been held at worldwide venues since 2006.
The Championships have previously been hosted by the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Swaziland.
In 2022 France hosts the event for the second time.
Winning teams and individuals in the various competing categories have been recorded since the first Championships.
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We aim to post as much information as possible about our organisation on this site, but do contact the BI President Mark Cottingham if you have any questions.