The Ultimate Pool Champions League returns for a third edition in January 2023.
A professional-only ranking event for the first time, following qualifying round matches that were held in December 2022, there is a 64-player field for the main televised stages.
Taking place on Monday nights from January 9, this unique 21-week event will be live from 18:30 GMT each week on ViaPlay Sports UK, ultimatepool.tv and the Ultimate Pool App.
For qualifying round results and to see the draw, please visit the Live Scoring tab here.
Status: Professional-Only Ranking Event
Format: Phase One (64 Players): 16 round robin groups of four players. Each match is the first to four frames, but with a 20-minute match-clock. If a player does not reach four frames before the time expires, the score stands as the result. Players receive two points for a win, one for a draw and no points for a loss.
At the end of all six fixtures, the top placed player will qualify for phase two. If there is a tie for top place, a 6-reds shootout will determine the winner.
If players are tied on points at the end of any group in the Champions League (phases one and two), a 6-reds shootout will determine final standings. This is also required as it is a professional ranking event and points need to be distributed.
Phase Two (16 Players): Four round robin groups of four players. Same format as phase one, except the group winner will qualify for Finals Night.
Phase Three (4 Players): Finals Night consisting of the four remaining players. There will be two knockout semi-finals followed by a final. All matches will be the best of two sets. A set is the first to four frames, but with a 20-minute match-clock. If a player does not reach four frames before the time expires, the score stands as the result.
At the end of each set, players receive one point for a win, half a point for a draw and no points for a loss.
If the score after the two sets are completed is tied, a 6-reds shootout will determine the winner.
The Golden Break and Golden Duck are in operation throughout the Champions League.
The 2023 Champions League forms part of Ultimate Pool’s overall professional circuit. For information on the professional circuit as a whole – including ranking information – please visit here.
For viewers in the UK, there will be live coverage on ViaPlay Sport UK. There will also be live coverage for all subscribers on ultimatepool.tv and the Ultimate Pool App. If you are not already a subscriber, you can subscribe here.
Prize Money payouts will be published here in due course
Roll of Honour
- Chris Melling (2021 Champion) - unranked event
- Stevie Dempsey (2022 Champion) - ranked event