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Championship League Snooker: 2023 draw, preview, schedule, how to watch

The Championship League Snooker draw commences on Monday in Leicester, launching the 2023/24 season.

There have been almost two months since the conclusion of the last campaign, when Luca Brecel secured a memorable maiden world title at the Crucible Theatre.

Matchroom’s Championship League Snooker has been conducted using varying formats, but on this occasion it will take place as a ranking event again.

A long competition that takes almost a month to complete, it’s not the most riveting way to launch a new term.

Nevertheless, it’s an opportunity after quite a lengthy spell to watch some of the best players in the world battle it out on the green baize again.

Prize, history, and format

Championship League Snooker has been on the calendar in some way, shape, or form since 2008, but it’s only in the last few years that it has been staged annually as a ranking event.

Luca Brecel emerged victoriously around this time last year, a victory that proved to be a nice omen considering how the Belgian Bullet subsequently concluded the campaign in Sheffield.

Brecel, however, won’t be defending the season-opening tournament after opting to prolong his summer break instead.

John Higgins, who won this year’s invitational version of the Championship League for a record fourth time, has also not entered.

Joe Perry triumphed in the inaugural Championship League that was held 15 years ago, and the Gentleman is in this year’s draw alongside fellow former champions Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson.

The latter and his countryman David Gilbert are the only other two players who have won the tournament when it has been staged as a ranking event.

As for the format, there are three stages to the elongated competition with 128 players initially split into 32 round-robin groups comprising four players in each.

The 32 group winners advance to Stage Two, before the next eight group winners determine the competitors who feature in Stage Three.

All group-stage matches last just four frames, and the two players who win their third and final groups will then contest the outright final over five frames to determine the champion.

The total prize fund stands at £328,000, which is the same as last year when Brecel collected £33,000 from the pot for going all the way.

2023 Championship League Snooker draw

Stage one will take three weeks to complete, a monotonous schedule that serves the bookmakers more than it does the fans.

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan is in Group 1 of the Championship League Snooker draw with Scott Donaldson, Rod Lawler, and Alfie Burden.

Trump’s bid for a fourth Championship League crown, albeit a first while staged as a ranking event, starts in Group 2 with Xu Si, Jimmy White, and Reanne Evans.

Neil Robertson had been expected to feature on the opening day only for the Australian to withdraw, with the likes of Mark Selby and Ding Junhui additionally not taking part.

Below is a rundown of the full draw and schedule.

Group 1 (July 10)Group 2 (July 11)Group 3 (June 26)Group 4 (July 12)
Ronnie O’SullivanJudd TrumpCraig SteadmanShaun Murphy
Scott DonaldsonXu SiSean McAllisterTian Pengfei
Rod LawlerJimmy WhiteAdam DuffyLukas Kleckers
Alfie BurdenReanne EvansAshley CartyAndrew Pagett
Group 5 (June 29)Group 6 (June 30)Group 7 (July 6)Group 8 (July 7)
Kyren WilsonMark WilliamsAli CarterRobert Milkins
Andy HicksDylan EmeryJackson PageDominic Dale
Asjad IqbalKen DohertyLong ZehuangMuhammad Asif
Louis HeathcoteThor Chuan LeongRyan DaviesAlex Taubman
Group 9 (July 14)Group 10 (June 28)Group 11 (June 27)Group 12 (July 12)
Gary WilsonRyan DayHossein VafaeiBarry Hawkins
John AstleyMichael WhiteAaron HillZhang Anda
Mink NutcharutHimanshu JainMartin O’DonnellSanderson Lam
Ma HailongJiang JunFergal QuinnJamie O’Neill
Group 13 (July 13)Group 14 (July 14)Group 15 (July 4)Group 16 (July 3)
David GilbertRicky WaldenStuart BinghamJimmy Robertson
Yuan SijunDavid LilleyMatthew StevensBen Woollaston
Sean O’SullivanPeng YisongAllan TaylorLiam Graham
Ishpreet SinghLiu HongyuDuane JonesPeter Lines
Group 17 (July 5)Group 18 (July 11)Group 19 (July 10)Group 20 (July 8)
Zhou YuelongJoe PerryNoppon SaengkhamMatthew Selt
Ashley HugillJamie ClarkeMark DavisJames Cahill
Oliver BrownAndy LeeJenson KendrickAndres Petrov
TBCStuart CarringtonRoss MuirSydney Wilson
Group 21 (June 27)Group 22 (June 28)Group 23 (July 7)Group 24 (July 6)
Chris WakelinJoe O’ConnorFan ZhengyiPang Junxu
Oliver LinesRobbie WilliamsSam CraigieWu Yize
Anton KazakovZak SuretyFergal O’BrienHammad Miah
Liam PullenAlfie DaviesAhmed Aly ElsayedStan Moody
Group 25 (July 8)Group 26 (July 5)Group 27 (June 30)Group 28 (July 4)
Si JiahuiJak JonesJordan BrownAnthony Hamilton
Mark JoyceJamie JonesJulien LeclercqBen Mertens
Mohamed IbrahimRebecca KennaMarco FuRyan Thomerson
Haydon PinheyDean YoungBarry PinchesXing Zihao
Group 29 (June 29)Group 30 (June 26)Group 31 (July 13)Group 32 (July 3)
Thepchaiya Un-NoohGraeme DottCao YupengXiao Guodong
Elliot SlessorDavid GraceLyu HaotianMartin Gould
Victor SarkisDaniel WellsIan BurnsAlexander Ursenbacher
Florian NuessleAndrew HigginsonSteven HallworthRory McLeod

How to watch Championship League Snooker

There will be two tables available to watch on each day of the group stages, and depending on your location you may be able to tune into both.

There are various broadcast options around the world, which you can view by clicking here.

Featured image credit: CLS


  1. Eileen wheeler

    Which TV channel will these matches be shown on?

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