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American Poolplayers Association


The American Poolplayers Association (APA) is the largest amateur pool league in the world, with more than 265,000 members and leagues playing in more than 13,000 venues across North America. The goal of the APA is to saturate every market with the fun and excitement of playing APA pool while creating a very satisfied and loyal base of league operators, members, teams and host locations.

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Facts & Figures

Liquid capital required
$11,600 - $14,000
Franchise fee
Units in operation


The American Poolplayers Association believes in earning and maintaining trust with our franchisees and members through honesty, integrity, respect and fairness. The APA is an organization of go-getters, and constantly asks the question, ‘What can we do to help our franchisees develop new host locations, members and teams?’ APA franchisees are support by league operators, and are provided with templates and materials for conducting local advertising and public relations campaigns. APA also gives franchisees a boost by advertising nationally on ESPN networks. Training and full support are provided to franchisees, and APA staff provides software and operational support.

American Poolplayers Association Franchise Opportunities – History

The Amirican Poolplayers Association was founded in 1979 as the National Pool League by professional poolplayers Terry Bell and Larry Hubbart, becoming the APA in 1981. Today, the APA has grown to more than 265,000 members in nearly 300 leagues, and includes the Canadian Poolplayers Association and the Japanese Poolplayers Association.

American Poolplayers Association Franchise Cost / Initial Investment /

American Poolplayers Association Franchise Income

The franchise fee for the American Poolplayers Association is $5,000. The total investment to become an APA franchisee ranges from $11,600 to $14,000. A 20% royalty fee is paid to the APA.

American Poolplayers Association Business Opportunities: Other Information

The American Poolplayers Association is listed as one of the ’10 Great Franchises for Less Than $20,000’ by Entrepreneur magazine, and voted ‘Best in Category’ for Sports and Recreation Franchises by Franchise Business Review.

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