Order of Merit Rules


  1. Eligibility

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 1 below refers to Eligibility.


    1. Eligibility
    1.1 All players must be a member of the Professional Darts Players Association (PDPA) to feature in the Professional Darts Corporation’s (PDC) Order of Merit. Membership is defined as either having paid an annual subscription, been awarded an Honorary membership, or, in the case of non-UK players who compete in non-UK ProTour events, having paid a supplement to their entry fee.

    PDPA membership will fit in to one of the following categories:

    • A Full Member is defined as a player who has joined the PDPA and holds a PDC Tour Card or a player who has qualified for an event as listed in 1.2; or can be a non-playing Full Member such as a PDPA board member or Honorary Member.
    • An Associate Member is defined as a player who has joined the PDPA but does not hold a Tour Card (for example a player who attempted to win a Tour Card through Q School or non-UK based player who is a paid-up PDPA member).
    • A Secondary Tour Member is a player who is only permitted to play in Challenge or Development Tour events. For the avoidance of doubt, they are not permitted to play in qualifiers for Premier or ProTour events.
    • A Day Member is defined as a non-UK based player who pays a supplement to his entry fee for non-UK ProTour events or European Tour events, or relevant qualifying events.

    1.2 All players who participate in the televised stages of the following events must be a full member of the PDPA: World Championship, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts (excluding BDO qualifiers) UK Open (excluding Amateur Qualifiers), European Championship, Players Championship Finals, Masters, World Series Finals, Premier League Darts.

    In the event of a non-PDPA member qualifying for or being invited into an event through an Order of Merit, or a World Championship qualifier, they must join the PDPA prior to participation in the event.

    1.3 All Full Members must sign and accept the PDC Player Contract and the PDPA Constitution and Code of Conduct and agree to abide by the Rules of the Darts Regulation Authority (DRA) and pay any appropriate Sanction Fees to the DRA before being allowed to participate in any PDC organised event.

    1.4 Any player who is not in good financial or disciplinary standing with the DRA, PDC or the PDPA or with companies involved with the DRA, PDC or PDPA will not be allowed to participate in any event until such time as they are in good standing.

  2. Order of Merit

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 2 below refers to the Order of Merit.


    2.1
    The PDC operates various Orders of Merit, based on prize money won in its events. The breakdown of this prize money is as follows.

    Premier Events

    2016/17 World Championship

    Winner £350,000
    Runner-Up £160,000
    Semi-Finalists £80,000
    Quarter-Finalists £38,000
    Last 16 £25,000
    Last 32 £17,000
    Last 64 £10,000
    Preliminary Round £4,500
    Total £1,650,000

    2016 World Matchplay

    Winner £100,000
    Runner-Up £50,000
    Semi-Finalists £27,000
    Quarter-Finalists £17,500
    Last 16 £10,000
    Last 32 £6,000
    Total £450,000

    2016 World Grand Prix

    Winner £100,000
    Runner-Up £45,000
    Semi-Finalists £23,500
    Quarter-Finalists £15,000
    Last 16 £8,500
    Last 32 £5,000
    Total £400,000

    2016 Grand Slam of Darts
    Winner £100,000
    Runner-Up £50,000
    Semi-Finalists £25,000
    Quarter-Finalists £15,000
    Last 16 £7,500
    Group Winner Bonus £2,500
    Third In Group £5,000
    Fourth In Group £2,500
    Total £400,000

    2016 UK Open Finals

    Winner £60,000
    Runner-Up £30,000
    Semi-Finalists £17,000
    Quarter-Finalists £10,000
    Last 16 £5,000
    Last 32 £3,000
    Last 64 £1,500
    Total £300,000

    2016 European Championship

    Winner £100,000
    Runner-Up £40,000
    Semi-Finalists £20,000
    Quarter-Finalists £15,000
    Last 16 £10,000
    Last 32 £5,000
    Total £400,000

    2016 Players Championship Finals

    Winner £75,000
    Runner-Up £35,000
    Semi-Finalists £20,000
    Quarter-Finalists £11,500
    Last 16 £7,500
    Last 32 £5,000
    Last 64 £2,000
    Total £400,000

    2016 The Masters

    Winner £60,000
    Runner-Up £25,000
    Semi-Finalists £17,500
    Quarter-Finalists £10,000
    Last 16 £5,000
    Total £200,000

    Pro Tour Events

    UK Open Qualifiers

    Winner £10,000
    Runner-Up £5,000
    Semi-Finalists £2,500
    Quarter-Finalists £2,000
    Last 16 £1,500
    Last 32 £750
    Last 64 £250
    Total (no nine-dart prize) £60,000

    Players Championship Events
    Winner £10,000
    Runner-Up £6,000
    Semi-Finalists £3,000
    Quarter-Finalists £2,250
    Last 16 £1,500
    Last 32 £1,000
    Last 64 £500
    Total (no nine-dart prize) £75,000

    European Tour

    Winner £25,000
    Runner-Up £10,000
    Semi-Finalists £5,000
    Quarter-Finalists £3,500
    Last 16 £2,000
    Last 32 £1,500
    Last 48 £1,000
    Total £115,000

    Secondary Tour Events

    Challenge Tour & Development Tour Events

    Winner £2,000
    Runner-Up £1,000
    Semi-Finalists £500
    Quarter-Finalists £300
    Last 16 £200
    Last 32 £100
    Last 64 £50
    Total £10,000

    2.2 For every Premier Event there will be a £5,000 prize fund for any player achieving a nine-dart leg.

    Should this not be won in a particular tournament, this prize fund would be carried over and have the same amount again added to it until it is won (i.e. £5,000 in event one, £10,000 in event two, £15,000 in event three, £20,000 in event four etc). Once the prize fund has been won, it will revert to £5,000 for the next Premier event.

    To clarify: nine-dart finishes hit during qualifying tournaments of Premier events do not count towards this bonus.

    2.3 In the event of more than one player completing a nine-dart finish at any point during any event the prize fund will be divided pro rata based on the number of occasions on which the feat has been achieved.

    To clarify: if one player achieves the feat twice and another once, the player who has achieved it twice will be entitled to a two-third share of the prize fund, regardless of the stages of the tournament when he achieved the feat. This prize fund does not count towards any Order of Merit.

    2.4 All events will be scheduled and categorised at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors, following consultation with the PDPA, but with the final decision resting with the PDC Board of Directors.

    2.5 Prize money won in all ranking tournaments determine a player’s standing in the relevant Orders of Merit. Prize money will be displayed in UK£ as per the details in 2.1.

    2.6 All prize money paid to Full and Associate PDPA Members in all tournaments will be paid in UK£ directly by the PDC or its local agents in the standard amounts detailed above, unless otherwise advertised.

    2.7 The Order of Merit is calculated on prize money won by players over a two-year period and is added to each player’s total at the conclusion of each tournament.

    All ProTour prize money shall count for two years and be removed from the main Order of Merit on the second anniversary of it being won, regardless of the corresponding position in the calendar of any events.

    Prize money won in Premier Events will count for a period of two corresponding tournaments so as to ensure no Premier Event counts three times at any point on a player’s total. If an event lapses from the PDC calendar or changes position in the PDC calendar, prize money won will last for two calendar years.

    In the event of a clash of dates with tournaments (for example: March 23 2014, March 23 2016), money will be removed before the commencement of the tournament which clashes with one from two years previously.

    For the avoidance of doubt, money will count from 0900 the day after it is won. For example, if the final of an event is also the cut-off date for another tournament, no money won in that event will count until 0900 the following day. All tournament prize money is added at the same time, regardless of the time/date any player was eliminated.

    2.9 The calendar of tournaments and Orders of Merit will be published on pdc.tv, the PDC’s official website and it will be the responsibility of the individual players to ensure they are fully aware of all details.

    2.10 Invitations to and seedings for ranked events will be based on the relevant Orders of Merit at the closing date for entries for the tournament in question.

    2.11 Players will need to have participated in a minimum of ten events over a rolling two-year period to be eligible to qualify for Premier Events through the Order of Merit and a minimum of five events over a rolling one-year period to retain their Tour Card. However, players only need to have competed in one event to be eligible to win a Tour Card.

    Players who fall beneath these thresholds will remain on the Order of Merit but will not be eligible for qualification for Premier Events until they have reached the level again with all eligible prize money counted.

    However, players need only participate in one ProTour event in order to qualify for the Players Championship Finals through the ProTour Order of Merit.

    Players must participate in a minimum of one of the six qualifying tournaments to qualify for the UK Open Finals.

    2.12 Only prize money won as a PDPA member  is eligible to appear on the Orders of Merit. Lapsed members, or players who have lost their Tour Card and do not regain it for the following year will be removed from the Orders of Merit after Q School, and if they compete again as Day Members or Associate Members their prize money tallies will revert to £0 from the day their membership ceased or their Tour Card was lost.

    Associate members who qualify for a one-year Tour Card by virtue of their ranking at the end of the previous year will retain their prize money won over the previous year on the Order of Merit.

    Prize money won by Amateur Qualifiers in the UK Open or BDO Qualifiers in the Grand Slam will not count towards any Order of Merit.

    2.13 Players who allow their PDPA membership to lapse during or following Q School or participation in the PDC World Championship are not permitted to enter UK Open Amateur Qualifiers for the remainder of that calendar year.

    2.14 All prize money won in ProTour, Challenge Tour, Development Tour, Premier or World Series Events will be subject to a 3% levy, to be paid directly to the PDPA in the form of deductions from prize money.

  3. Invitations and Seedings

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 3 below refers to the Invitations & Seedings.


    3. Invitations and Seedings

    3.1 Invitations, seedings and structures for Premier Events are played according to the following criteria:

    2016 Masters (non-ranked)
    Cut-off date:
    January 4 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 16 in Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 16 in Order of Merit

    2016 UK Open Finals
    Cut-off date:
    February 21 2016 (following completion of Qualifier 6)
    Seeds:
    Top 32 in UK Open Order of Merit exempt to last 64 and drawn randomly
    33-64 in UK Open Order of Merit exempt to last 96 and drawn randomly
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 96 from UK Open Order of Merit
    32 Amateur Qualifiers (non-PDPA members) from specific events

    2016 World Cup
    Cut-off date:
    May 23 2016
    Seeds:
    Top eight ranked nations based on cumulative Order of Merit ranking (lowest total = highest seed)
    Qualifying Players:
    32 pairs representing different nations selected at the discretion of the PDC.

    2016 World Matchplay
    Cut-off date:
    July 4 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 16 in Order of Merit
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 16 in Order of Merit
    Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

    2016 World Grand Prix
    Cut-off date:
    September 26 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 8 in Order of Merit
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 16 in Order of Merit
    Top 14 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
    Top 2 nationals of Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland from the ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified

    2016 European Championship
    Cut-off date:
    October 17 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 8 in European Tour Order of Merit
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 32 in European Tour Order of Merit

    2016 Grand Slam of Darts
    Cut-off date:
    November 7 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 8 qualified from Order of Merit (one drawn per group)
    Qualifying Players:
    (invited in the following order up to a maximum of 16 players) 2015/16 PDC World Champion; 2015 Grand Slam Champion; 2016 Premier League Champion; 2016 World Matchplay Champion; 2016 World Grand Prix Champion; 2015 World Youth Champion; 2016 Masters Champion; 2016 UK Open Champion; 2016 European Champion; 2015 Players Champion; 2016 World Series of Darts Finals Champion; 2016 Champions League of Darts Winner; 2016 World Cup winners (2 players); 2015/16 PDC World Championship runner-up; 2015 Grand Slam runner-up; 2016 Premier League runner-up; 2016 World Matchplay runner-up; 2016 World Grand Prix runner-up; 2015 World Youth Championship runner-up; 2016 Masters runner-up; 2016 UK Open runner-up; 2016 European Championship runner-up; 2015 Players Championship Finals runner-up; 2016 World Series of Darts Finals runner-up; 2016 Champions League of Darts runner-up; 2016 World Cup runners-up (2 players). This list was updated on August 11 2016.

    This list can produce a maximum of 24 players. If it produces 16 players, no further players shall qualify automatically.

    If it produces fewer than 16 places then additional places shall be filled from the reserve list in the following order:
    2016 European Tour event winners (in ProTour Order of Merit order at Nov 7))
    2016 ProTour event winners (in ProTour Order of Merit order at Nov 7)

    Once 16 players are reached from the above criteria then the remaining 16 places shall be filled with eight players from a PDC qualifier and eight players from the BDO system.

    For full details, as announced on August 11 2016, please click here.

    2016 Players Championship Finals
    Cut-off date:
    October 23 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit (drawn in seed pattern)
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 64 in Players Championship Order of Merit

    2016/17 World Championship
    Cut-off date:
    November 27 2016
    Seeds:
    Top 32 in Order of Merit
    Qualifying Players:
    Top 32 in Order of Merit
    Top 16 in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
    Top 4 European (non-UK) players in ProTour Order of Merit not otherwise qualified
    20 invitations at the PDC’s discretion (non-UK qualifying events, PDPA qualifier)

    3.2 In the case of ties in any Order of Merit, the countback rule will apply; this will be the cumulative money won by a player in the previous four eligible events in the Order of Merit where a tie has occurred. In cases where there is still a tie, this countback will continue one event at a time until there is a separation.

    In the event of two or more players not being separated by countback over the entire eligible period of the relevant Order of Merit, the player ranked highest in the main Order of Merit shall be deemed to be highest ranked, with countback continuing indefinitely until a split can be made after the initial four events on the main Order of Merit.

    3.3 Seedings for Premier events and European Tour events will be ordered as follows:
    TOP HALF: 1-(16)-8-(9)-5-(12)-4-(13)
    BOTTOM HALF: 2-(15)-7-(10)-6-(11)-3-(14)

    Seedings for European Tour events will be as per Premier events but the top and bottom halves will alternate on rotation of events. To clarify, in odd numbered tournaments on the European Tour the number one seed will be in the top half but in even numbered tournaments the halves will switch positions.

    Seedings for Players Championship events and the World Championship are ordered as follows:
    TOP HALF: 1-32-16-17-8-25-9-24-5-28-12-21-4-29-13-20
    BOTTOM HALF: 2-31-15-18-7-26-10-23-6-27-11-22-3-30-14-19

    3.4 For PDC ranked events the seeding will be determined by the relevant Order of Merit on the closing date for each particular tournament.

    The Orders of Merit in operation are as follows:

    * PDC Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 24-month period in Premier and Pro Tour (European Tour, Players Championship, UK Open qualifier) events;
    * UK Open Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a one year calendar period in UK Open qualifier events;
    * European Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a one year calendar period in European Tour events;
    * Players Championship Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a one year calendar period in Players Championship events;
    * ProTour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a rolling 12-month period in UK Open qualifier, European Tour and Players Championship events;
    * Development Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a one year calendar period in Development Tour events;
    * Challenge Tour Order of Merit: comprised of all money won over a one year calendar period in Challenge Tour events.

    3.5 Seedings for Players Championship events and European Tour events, and qualification for Premier events through the ProTour Order of Merit will be determined on a one-year rolling basis with 32 seeds per Players Championship event and 16 per European Tour event (or as many as entries permit). Seedings will be determined by the rolling ProTour Order of Merit up to and including the most recent tournament completed for Players Championship events and as of the entry cut-off date for European Tour events.

    The rolling ProTour Order of Merit will be formed from all prize money won in Players Championship, European Tour and UK Open qualifier events over the previous 12 months.

    For UK Open qualifier events, there shall be no seeding and a completely open draw shall be made with the exception of the top 32 entrants from the main Order of Merit being exempted to the last 128 with these exemptions updated after every qualifying tournament.

    3.6 In the event of a player withdrawing from a Premier event due to personal or disciplinary reasons before the draw for the event has been made, the next available non-qualified player from the Order of Merit through which the unavailable player qualified will be invited to participate in the event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate.

    3.7 In the event of a player withdrawing from a Premier event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the draw for the event has been made, the next available non-qualified player from the main Order of Merit (or ProTour Order of Merit in the case of the Players Championship Finals) will be invited to participate in the event and will take the place of the withdrawn player directly in the draw with no alteration made to seedings if applicable.

    In the event that this occurs at the World Championship or other event where the replacement player is invited directly in to a round other than the first round and misses an earlier round, he will only be awarded prize money due for the earliest round of the tournament should he lose his first match. However, should he win his first match, prize money will be awarded as normal.

    3.8 PDPA members may choose to enter either their own nation or region’s World Championship qualifying tournament (if it is played as a one-off tournament rather than a series of tournaments) or the PDPA Members qualifier – not both. The PDPA qualifier will be the last qualifying tournament held and will offer the appropriate number of spots required to complete the field for the event. Therefore, all other qualifying tournaments must conclude prior to the PDPA qualifier being held.

    In the event of a player qualifying through his own nation or region’s World Championship qualifying tournament as well as his position on an Order of Merit, he will be deemed to have qualified through that route and not through the relevant Order of Merit and so the next unqualified player on the relevant Order of Merit will be invited to participate.

    3.9 Any player who declines an invitation to any event may be denied an invitation to that or other events in the future at the discretion of the PDC Board of Directors.

  4. ProTour

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 4 below refers to the ProTour.


    4.1 Entry to all Players Championship events staged in the UK is open only to Tour Card holders.

    Tour Cards for 2016 will be awarded to the following players:
    Top 63 x eligible PDPA Members from the PDC Order of Merit Top 64 (having competed in at least 10 events which are counted on the PDC Order of Merit during the preceding two years) following the completion of the 2015/16 World Championship.
    30 x Tour Card holders from 2015 Q School who are not ranked in the Top 64 of the Order of Merit    
    2 x top ranked players not otherwise qualified for a Tour Card from the 2015 Challenge Tour Order of Merit
    2 x top ranked players not otherwise qualified for a Tour Card from the 2015 Development Tour Order of Merit
    1x top ranked player from 2015 Scandinavian Darts Corporation Order of Merit
    Remaining 30 players to complete the 128 to come from 2015 Q School

    In the event that any players from the above list choose not to take up their Tour Card or are deemed ineligible due to DRA sanction by a deadline determined by the PDC, extra places will be allocated to players from the Q School.

    The Top 64 from the Order of Merit will receive a one-year Tour Card. The remaining qualifiers will receive a two-year Tour Card as their Order of Merit total will revert to £0 from January 4 2016 whereas the Top 64 retain their money won.

    Players who lose their Tour Card and then regain it immediately at the next Q School will be awarded a two-year Tour Card with their prize money totals reverting to £0 from the day their Tour Card was regained.

    If a player who qualifies for a Tour Card through being in the top two of the 2015 Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit is also in the Top 64 of the Order of Merit then he will receive a one-year Tour Card due to his Order of Merit position. His money from the previous year will remain valid and his Tour Card place will pass to the next highest ranked unqualified player from the 2015 Challenge or Development Tour Order of Merit.

    4.2 Entry to UK Open Qualifiers and European Tour events is open to all Full and Associate PDPA members.

    4.3 All Players Championship events will have a 128-player draw. In instances where the number of Full Members entering a Players Championship event does not reach 128, Associate Members shall be invited to enter, first in order of Q School Merit Table position and then, following an appointed deadline, on a first-come-first-served basis to make the total number of entries up to 128.

    In the event that this total still does not reach 128, byes will be awarded in seed order. In the event that this total still does not reach 96, all 32 seeds will receive a bye and additional byes will be awarded on a random basis.

    For example, if there is one bye, it will go to seed one; if there are two byes they will go to seeds one and two etc.

    4.4 European Tour events are also open to non-PDPA members who are not from the UK who must pay a Day Member supplement in addition to the entry fee. In instances where a player originally from the UK attempts to enter a non-UK event (or World Championship qualifier) as a non-PDPA member, they must prove residency or citizenship in the country for a period of at least two consecutive years immediately prior to the date of the relevant tournament.

    4.5 European Tour events will be played with a 48 player main draw consisting of the top 16 ranked entered players from the ProTour Order of Merit and 32 qualifiers.

    The top 16 ranked entered players from the ProTour Order of Merit will be exempted in to the last 32 where they will play the 16 winners from the matches involving the 32 qualifiers.

    The last 48 round shall be drawn at random with no seedings or pots.

    The 32 qualifiers shall come from three qualifying tournaments: one in the UK which will produce 20 players, one in mainland Europe which shall produce eight players and one in the Host Nation which shall produce four players. Players from the Host Nation may only enter the Host Nation qualifier, not the mainland Europe qualifier and vice versa.  All qualifiers shall be seeded based on the ProTour Order of Merit at the cut-off date with the same number of seeded players as places available in all tournaments, or as many as the Order of Merit will allow if not enough entered players are ranked.

    In the event of a player withdrawing from a European Tour event due to personal or disciplinary reasons before the cut-off date for the event, the next available non-qualified player from the ProTour Order of Merit will be invited to participate in the event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate.

    In the event of one or more players withdrawing from a European Tour event due to personal or disciplinary reasons after the cut-off date for the event, extra places shall be awarded to the Host Nation qualifier event. In this instance, the players ranked below the unavailable player will all move up one place in the seedings, where appropriate unless the draw has already taken place, in which case the replacement player shall be entered in to the seed position in the draw but as an unseeded player.

    The UK-based qualifier events are open to all Full and Associate PDPA Members from the UK and Ireland.

    The mainland Europe and Host Nation-based qualifying tournaments are open to all Full, Associate and Day Members from mainland Europe or the Host Nation.

    PDPA members who are not from the host nation, the UK or Europe may participate in the UK qualifier. Non-PDPA members who are not from the host nation, the UK or Europe may participate in the European qualifier on payment of a Day Membership supplement along with their entry fee.

    4.6 The entry fee for all ProTour events, including UK qualifiers for European Tour events, is £100 for Tour Card holders, Associate Members and other Full Members.

    European Tour events can be entered by non-UK players who are not PDPA members for a fee of €125 (includes a Day Membership supplement).

    The PDC may, at its discretion, adjust non-member entry fees for tournaments based on currency fluctuations or if tournaments are staged in territories deemed to be ‘developing territories’.

    4.7 The closing date for Tour Card holders to enter for the main draw of Players Championship events will be 1400 UK time on the Tuesday the week before each tournament is due to be played (for the avoidance of doubt, this is 11 days before a Saturday event).

    The closing date for Associate Members to fill any remaining spaces in the last 128 of an event will be 1400 on the Friday the week before each tournament is due to be played (for the avoidance of doubt, this is eight days before a Saturday event).

    Tour Card holders who miss their appointed deadline but enter in the interim period before the Associate Member deadline passes will have their entries voided and may lose their entry fee.

    Any variation from this will be advertised on pdc.tv. The PDC reserves the right to alter these times in the event of logistical issues. The list of entries will be published on pdc.tv before each tournament.

    4.8 All PDPA members must enter through the PDC’s online entry system. All non-PDPA members must enter through the PDC’s local organiser with entry not accepted until payment is made by the appointed deadline.

    4.9 Entry in to events, whether as a Full, Associate or Day Member of the PDPA constitutes acceptance of all PDC, PDPA and DRA rules.

    4.10 All ProTour main draw matches will be best of 11 legs throughout.

    4.11 All Players Championship and UK Open qualifying tournaments will start at 1200 local time, with registration closing at 1100. Any player not registered by 1100 will be omitted from the draw without exception.

    Any variation from this will be advertised on pdc.tv.

    4.12 Draws for Players Championship and UK Open events will be conducted following the closure of registration, with seedings adjusted accordingly in the event of an entered player who was due to be seeded not registering.

    Draws for European Tour events will be conducted either following the UK qualifier or the completion of the field for the last 48 at the PDC’s discretion and with the intention of ensuring players have the most possible time to plan their travel arrangements for the event. European Tour schedules will be announced on pdc.tv as soon as possible following the completion of the draw.

    4.13 All ProTour events will progress in a bracket format throughout with no re-draw once the tournament is underway.

    4.14 Players who wish to withdraw from a tournament they have entered must do so in writing to the PDC prior to the closing date if they wish to apply for a refund of their entry fee, which will only be considered with the support of a doctor’s certificate (not self-certified) or in the event of a serious family issue with supporting evidence.

    Players who enter but decide not to travel, or wish to otherwise withdraw from an event, are requested to inform the PDC as a courtesy.

    Players who enter and then subsequently withdraw from a ProTour or Premier event after the cut-off date will receive standardised fines from the DRA which will increase with each offence and may result in a suspension.

    Where no other player is disadvantaged by the withdrawal (such as a UK Open qualifier without a cap on entries or an event where the relevant player’s place in the draw can be filled without any implications on any other player or the tournament) a sanction may not be imposed at the discretion of the DRA.

    For clarity, these fines will be as follows for 2016:
    First offence:£250
    Second offence: £500
    Third offence: £1000
    Fourth offence: DRA referral

    Following a 12 month consecutive period without offence, a player’s ‘slate shall be wiped clean’ in relation to these offences.

    4.15 All games are 501 up, straight start and finishing on a double. The player on the left of the draw will throw first for the bull to determine who throws first in the first leg. The throw will then be reversed and alternate thereafter. All darts will be removed before each player throws.

    Where stage matches are being played at events, the bull up shall be conducted in the practice room at a time to be advised to players, but not less than 30 minutes before the expected start time of their match.

    4.16 The PDC/PDPA will use their best endeavours to supply a marker at ProTour events but players must assume that marking will be their own responsibility.

    Each ProTour event will operate on a “loser marks” basis and it is a condition of participation that the losing player of each match marks the following game, if a marker has not been provided, as directed by Tournament Officials. In genuine cases of inability to mark, a player may arrange for someone else to mark the next match on their behalf. It is the player’s responsibility to ensure that someone replaces them and that this person can mark to a competent standard and is dressed as per the DRA rules.

    If a player arranges someone to mark on their behalf, the Player must notify the Board Official or Tournament Director giving the identity of the person with whom they have made the arrangement.

    In either case, the marker must be in place immediately following the completion of the previous game.

    A £5 supplement will be added to all Players Championship entry fees to cover expense payments to ‘volunteer’ markers.

    No supplement will be charged for UK Open qualifiers unless it can be guaranteed that sufficient markers will be supplied to cover all boards.

    Where players are required to mark themselves, the first game on each board will be marked by the last player listed on the schedule of matches for that board.

    4.17 Players may be asked by Tournament Officials to move from the board to which they were originally allocated to another board. These and other reasonable requests from Tournament Officials must be adhered to immediately to help the smooth running of the tournament.

    4.18 Players who are timed out, fail to complete or who otherwise miss their scheduled match shall not be entitled to receive the prize money eligible to them for participating in that round or have it added to their applicable Order of Merit totals.

    4.19 If a player intends competing in any ProTour or Premier event despite suffering from illness or injury, he must report this to the Tournament Director in advance. Failure to do this may result in a DRA referral.

  5. Qualifying School

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 5 below refers to the 2015 PDC Qualifying School.


    5. Q School

    5.1 Q School shall comprise four separate one-day events, all played over a best of nine leg format as per ProTour rules. The entry deadline shall be 1400 on the Monday prior to the opening day.

    5.2 The four semi-finalists from each day’s play shall be awarded a Tour Card and will not compete in the remainder of the Q School. The remaining Tour Cards will be awarded to the remaining players who occupy the qualifying positions in the Q School Merit Table which shall be comprised of points as awarded in 5.3.

    If a player earns a Tour Card by virtue of his performance at Q School but declines a Tour Card, he is not eligible to appear on the Q School Merit Table or play in Players Championship or Challenge or Development Tour events in 2016.

    5.3 A Merit Table shall be compiled based on the following criteria to determine the allocation of any additional Tour Cards as necessary:
    Last 128 defeat: 1 point (assuming a minimum of 256 entrants is reached)
    Last 64 defeat: 2 points
    Last 32 defeat: 3 points
    Last 16 defeat: 5 points
    Last 8 defeat: 9 points

    In the event two or more players are tied on points, they will be separated in the ranking list by a countback, one event at a time, until they can be separated. If they can not be separated after all matches have been taken in to consideration, legs won will be used to determine positions in the Merit Table. In the event the players still can not be split, a play-off will be organised.

    5.4 Entry to the Q School shall cost £250 to include the player’s 2016 DRA Sanction Fee and be paid in advance. The player shall then be deemed to be an Associate Member of the PDPA for the year providing the player participates in at least one day of Q School. Players who achieve their Tour Card must upgrade to Full PDPA membership at a cost of an additional £250 in order to be granted their Tour Card.

    5.5 The players ranked 3-8 (or the otherwise top six players not awarded a Tour Card for 2016) in the final 2015 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit will be invited in to the 2016 Q School. If any of these players achieve a Tour Card through the Q School, they must pay £250 for PDPA membership before a Tour Card is granted to them.

  6. Challenge Tour/Development Tour/World Youth Championship

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 6 below refers to the Challenge Tour, Youth Tour & World Youth Championship.


    6. Challenge Tour / Development Tour / World Youth Championship

    6.1 Entry to Challenge Tour events is open to all players who participated in the 2016 Q School but did not obtain a Tour Card.

    Entry is also open to players who did not compete in the 2016 Q School but have paid the £250 Challenge Tour eligibility fee to the PDPA.

    6.2 Entry to Development Tour events is open to all players who are aged 23 or under and 16 or over after the World Championship at the start of the year unless they are ranked in the top 32 of the PDC Order of Merit on this date. Players who turn 16 during 2016 shall be eligible to enter Development Tour events once their 16th birthday has passed.

    Any player aged between 16 and 23 who can not compete in the Development Tour by virtue of their PDC Order of Merit position shall automatically be entered in to the Last 64 of the World Youth Championship for that year.

    6.3 The World Youth Championship starts at the Last 64 stage and is comprised of up to 16 international invitations, plus any players who under rule 6.2 have qualified by virtue of their PDC Order of Merit position with all remaining places up to 64 being taken from the final 2016 Development Tour Order of Merit, using countback over the last four events if required to determine positions.

    6.4 Challenge Tour and Development Tour events and the World Youth Championship are played under the same rules and regulations as ProTour events where not otherwise specified in this section.

    6.5 Development Tour matches are played over the best of seven legs. Challenge Tour matches are played over the best of nine legs. The World Youth Championship is played over the best of 11 legs.

    6.6 Challenge Tour and Development Tour events are drawn as an open draw with no seedings or exemptions. There are generally two events per day, however this is subject to change.

    The World Youth Championship Last 64 will include eight seeds, being the top eight ranked participating players from the final 2016 Development Tour Order of Merit, and will play down to a final. The final will then be scheduled during a PDC Premier or Invitational event at a later date (expected to be at the 2016 Players Championship Finals).

    6.7 All prize money in Challenge Tour and Development Tour events won will count towards separate one-year Orders of Merit. Players only have to play in one event for their money to count on these annual Orders of Merit.

    6.8 The Development Tour entry fee is £25 per event. Challenge Tour entry is £50 per event. Entries must be made online prior to 1400 the Friday preceding the weekend’s events. There is no entry fee for the World Youth Championship.

    6.9 The following incentives are on offer to players competing in the Challenge Tour, Development Tour and World Youth Championship:
    * The finalists of the 2015 World Youth Championship receive a one-year invitation to the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts subject to the entry criteria as stated in rule 3.1 of this document.
    * The winner of the 2016 World Youth Championship receives an invitation to the 2016/17 World Championship.
    NOTE: in the event of the players who achieve the above otherwise qualifying for the 2016 Grand Slam of Darts or 2016/17 World Championship, no further places shall be offered.
    * The 2016 Challenge and Development Tour Order of Merit winners and runners-up will receive two-year Tour Cards for 2017 and 2018.
    NOTE: in the event that any of the players who achieve the above qualify otherwise for a Tour Card, places will not be offered further down the Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit.
    * The players who finish third to eighth (countback applied in event of ties) on the 2016 Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit will receive free entry to the 2017 Q School.

  7. General

    WELCOME to the Professional Darts Corporation's 2016 Rules.
    Section 7 below refers to General Rules.


    7. General

    7.1 Participation in all PDC events is subject to players adhering to the Darts Regulation Authority rulebook. Special attention is drawn to the rules referring to behaviour and dress.

    7.2 The PDC reserves the right to remove any tournament from the calendar without prior notice but will endeavour not to add any tournament to the calendar without a minimum of three months’ notice.

    7.3 The PDC accepts no responsibility for any loss, financial or otherwise, incurred by any player or other person in relation to the change in a tournament’s date, location or schedule providing such change is advertised on pdc.tv more than three months before the opening day of the relevant tournament.

    In the event of a change occurring within three months of the opening day of a tournament, the PDC will enter into good faith negotiations with any player who can prove they have incurred non-refundable or changeable travel or accommodation expenses for themselves only.

    7.4 The PDC reserves the right to consult with the PDPA to add or amend any or all of these rules at any time to meet any purpose deemed to be necessary at that time by the PDC’s Board of Directors.

    7.5 All match results and prize money awarded shall be recorded in all stages of all PDC tournaments and this information shall be published as soon as possible after a tournament has been concluded on pdc.tv.

    7.6 For clarification, reference to ‘non-UK’ in this document shall refer to mainland Europe, America, Asia, Africa or Oceania. Players from the Republic of Ireland shall be included with UK players and so shall not be eligible to qualify as European players from the ProTour Order of Merit.

    7.7 This document will remain in force until the completion of all 2016 events unless otherwise advised.