World Billiards Limited was formed as the new trading name for the English-Billiards Open Series (EBOS), which in turn was formed in 2004. The purpose of World Billiards is to oversee the growth of English Billiards on an international level and this also includes the management of national, regional and world championships. World Billiards fall under the supervision of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and the International Billiards & Snooker Federation, and is also recognised by both World Governing Bodies. Each season runs from late January to early December with two of the biggest tournaments the World Matchplay Billiards Championship and the World Billiards Championship. In addition, World Billiards also oversees the growth of the game for women worldwide with the World Women’s Matchplay and the Women’s World Championship the major competitions.
English Billiards originated in the United Kingdom and is generally simply referred to as billiards. It is a cue sport with rules similar to carom billiards and pocket billiards. The balls are the same size as snooker balls and the table also has the same dimensions as a snooker table. The three balls that are used include the red, white and the white ball with a spot. The latter could also be yellow. Two players generally participate in a match. The red ball is the object ball, while the white ball is the cue ball for player 1 and an object ball for player 2. The white ball with the spot or the yellow ball is the cue ball for player 2 and the object ball for player 1. Points are scored mainly off three different ways: a cannon, a winning hazard (potting), and a losing hazard (in-off). A cannon produces two points and it is when the cue ball hits the other cue ball and the red ball in the same shot. For a winning hazard there are two ways to score points. The first is by the striking the red ball with your cue ball so that the red ball enters a pocket. This produces three points. The second is by striking the other cue so that it enters a pocket and this produces two points. Both these are also referred to as potting. A losing hazard has three different ways of scoring points. Points are awarded when one’s cue ball hits another ball and then enters a pocket. Three points if the cue hits a red ball first, two points if the other cue ball was hit first, and points if both other cue and a red ball was hit. These are referred to as in-offs. There are several more rules and fouls that can produce points for players.