The Championship League is a non-ranking invitational tournament, devised by Matchroom Sport in 2008.
In total, 25 players take part in the round-robin stage, there is no audience and every match is broadcast via bookmaker streaming only. Players earn money for every frame won and there are also prizes for being a semi-finalist, runner-up and winner of each group, with more money involved in the winners group.
All matches are the best of five frames, with the competition featuring eight groups, each consisting of seven players.
From the league stage of the first seven groups the top four qualify for a play-off, the winner of which qualifies for the winners group. The bottom two players of each league are eliminated and the remaining four moves to the next group, where they are joined by three more players until the seventh group.
Previous winners include Joe Perry, Judd Trump, Marco Fu, Matthew Stevens, Ding Junhui and John Higgins.
Championship League Snooker Roll of Honour
|2008||Joe Perry 3-1 Mark Selby|
|2009||Judd Trump 3-2 Mark Selby|
|2010||Marco Fu 3-1 Mark Allen|
|2011||Matthew Stevens 3-1 Shaun Murphy|
|2012||Ding Junhui 3-1 Judd Trump|
|2013||Martin Gould 3-2 Ali Carter|
|2014||Judd Trump 3-1 Martin Gould|
|2015||Stuart Bingham 3-2 Mark Davis|
|2016||Judd Trump 3-2 Ronnie O’Sullivan|
|2017||John Higgins 3-2 Ryan Day|
|2018||John Higgins 3-2 Zhou Yuelong|