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Welcome to ipapool.com, the home of the International Professional Pool Association (IPA).

The IPA is recognised as the official Professional body for blackball pool by the World Pool Association.

The IPA is the driving force behind the recent resurgence of the sport and is solely responsible for bringing the sport into the 21st century, having rebranded the sport, giving it its own identity and bringing live events to television and the BBC Sport website.

The IPA runs an annual five event series that tours the UK, a World Series that showcases the IPA to the rest of the world plus annually, the Champions Cup, the Premier League, the Masters and the biggest event on the pool calendar – the Professional World Championships.

If you want to test yourself against the very best, then there is only one place to be, and you are in the right place!

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Latest News from the IPA

The World Team Trophy – IPA announces a new event

The IPA is delighted to announce the introduction of a new Team event that will be played on the weekend before the 2024 IPA World Championships – The World Team Trophy 16 Nations from around the world will compete in the inaugural edition in February 2024, vying to become the first winners and be called…

Scottish Grand Prix – a new event on the IPA Calendar

The IPA is delighted to announce the dates and details of a brand new event on the IPA Calendar – The Scottish Grand Prix Following the success of the IPA Masters in December, McGoldrick’s Pool & Sports Bar in Glasgow will once again host the inaugural edition of the Grand Prix. McGoldrick’s has quickly established…

2023 IPA World Championships review – what a week!

After heading North to Coventry (and putting the wrong hotel in my satnav) I arrived later than planned on Thursday evening to join my battle-weary colleagues who had been there since the start on Tuesday, earlier than that for those setting up the tables and the technology. Lucky for me I was in plenty of…

IPA partnership with 8 Ball Direct and the new Smart Rack

The IPA is delighted to announce its new partnership with 8 Ball Direct, which will see the IPA using the new Smart RackTM at all their forthcoming events, starting with the big one – the IPA World Championships in January 2023. The innovative new ‘Smart Rack’ will be the preferred triangle that will be available…

IPA Partners with Broadcasting giant

The IPA announces new partnership with Channel 4 The IPA is thrilled to announce its new partnership with Channel 4, a UK free-to-air public service broadcaster and the UK’s biggest free streaming service. And it all starts with the biggest event on the pool calendar – the IPA World Championships, the event every player wants…

Onboard release the new IPA World Championship range

We are delighted to launch, in conjunction with our partners Onboard Sportswear, the new range of spectacular playing tops for the upcoming IPA World Championships Available in a range of colours to suit all tastes, the quality and feel of them, make them a ‘must have’ for the flagship event on the pool calendar To…

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Pool’s my game…..but should i have tried long jumping….?

Well it all started for me when I was about 7/8 years old. My dad and his brothers owned an arcade, which had 6 pool tables. O be honest I can’t really remember playing much there but my dad says I was on the table longer then the cloth! My dad was a pretty good…

Making a ball from the break, and other first world problems…

No-one tells a sob story like a pool player who just broke ‘dry’ in the deciding frame and lost . Real tear jerker. Like Titanic but less wet. And no boats. Or ice. It’s no secret that over the past 5 years or so I’ve gradually played pool less and less away from the big…

2018 and all that jazz…

What a year this was for myself my family and everyone around me, as most people know i have been playing pool from a very young age and achieved quite a lot in my 20+ years of playing, including multiple world titles across all age levels but what came in 2018 was simply nothing like…

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