The draw for the 2023 World Cup of Pool set to take place at Pazo de Feiras e Congresos de Lugo, Spain in partnership with The Asociación Gallega de Billar Pool (AGP), Xunta de Galicia and EIDF Solar live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in Spain, the USA, Italy, and Brazil, Viaplay in Scandinavia, the Baltics and Poland and broadcasters from June 27 – July 2 is complete with hosts and defending champions Spain set to take on the Philippines in the opening round.




Completed live on Sky Sports ahead of the final of the inaugural Spanish Open Pool Championship, Spain led by World Nineball Tour number one Francisco Sanchez Ruiz and two-time World Pool Masters David Alcaide are the bookies favourite at 9/2 meeting James Aranas and Johann Chua who will look to add a fourth star to their three World Cup of Pool wins. As hosts, Spain also have a second side consisting of Jose Alberto Delgado and Jonas Souto Comino with Saudi Arabia awaiting them in Round 1.

Three-time champions China enter as an unseeded side with Syria’s Mohammad Soufi and Zaid Al Shariti standing in Wu Jia Qing and Wang Can’s way. Two-time winners Austria have a reunited duo of Albin Ouschan and Mario He with Australia’s Justin Sajich and James Georgiadis tasked with stopping the formidable duo. SEA Games gold medalists Myanmar (Burma) make their World Cup of Pool debut against Canada’s John Morra and Alex Pagulayan.

Great Britain (Jayson Shaw and Elliott Sanderson) take on Qatar’s Bashar Hussain Abdul Majeed and Ali Al Obaidli whilst the USA’s Shane Van Boening and Skyler Woodward face off with South Korea’s Seo Seoa and Kang Lee first up.

Full Draw in Seed Order below

Spain (1) vs Philippines

USA (2) vs South Korea

Germany (3) vs New Zealand

Austria (4) vs Australia

Great Britain (5) vs Qatar

Poland (6) vs Serbia

Greece (7) vs Singapore

Chinese Taipei (8) vs Finland

Netherlands (9) vs Hong Kong, China

Syria (10) vs China

Albania (11) vs Peru

Kuwait  (12) vs Vietnam

Hungary (13) vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

Canada (14) vs Myanmar (Burma)

Japan (15) vs Italy

Spain B (16) vs Saudi Arabia


  1. Spain – 9/2
  2. USA – 11/2
  3. Austria 6/1
  4. Chinese Taipei – 8/1
  5. Germany – 8/1
  6. Albania 9/1
  7. Great Britain – 20/1
  8. Greece – 22/1
  9. Saudi Arabia – 25/1
  10. Philippines – 25/1
  11. Kuwait – 25/1
  12. Hong Kong, China – 28/1
  13. Poland – 28/1
  14. Netherlands – 28/1
  15. Vietnam – 28/1
  16. Finland – 28/1
  17. Singapore – 33/1
  18. China – 40/1
  19. Japan – 40/1
  20. Canada – 40/1
  21. Syria – 50/1
  22. Spain B – 50/1
  23. Qatar – 66/1
  24. Hungary – 80/1
  25. Italy – 80/1
  26. Bosnia and Herzegovina – 100/1
  27. Serbia – 100/1
  28. South Korea – 100/1
  29. New Zealand – 200/1
  30. Peru – 200/1
  31. Australia – 200/1
  32. Myanmar (Burma) – 200/1


The 2023 World Cup of Pool will be played alongside the 31st Galician Team Pool Billiards Championship, which will bring together more than 1,000 players in the Pazo de Ferias y Congresos de Lugo, where more than 40 tables will be in action. The participants in this tournament considered the biggest in Europe, will compete for the regional titles and the prizes arranged by the Galician Association of Pool Billiards.

Prior to the World Cup of Pool, most players competing entered into the inaugural Spanish Open Pool Championship winner with the 256-field signature Matchroom multi-table event delivering an epic tournament with the final set to take place on Sunday, 25 June with Marc Bijsterbosch of the Netherlands meeting Dang Jin Hu of China.


The World Cup of Pool will be live on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland for all six days with those in Spain, Italy, and the USA able to watch on DAZN. Fans in Scandinavia, Baltics, Netherlands, and Poland can watch on Viaplay with further broadcasters around the world. See where to watch in your country here with more broadcasters to be announced. Action will also be live on Matchroom.Live.

The opening matches will take place from 1pm CEST on Tuesday, 27 June. Match odds and outright odds are available on various online gaming websites.


Additional tickets for the 2023 World Cup of Pool are now on sale with allocations selling out within 24 hours. Buy tickets here from only €10.

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