THE 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship will be the biggest ever with 96 competitors and a record £2.5 million prize fund, and the race is on to grace the famous Alexandra Palace stage.
Darts’ biggest tournament will continue its remarkable growth this year, with a huge £500,000 awarded to the champion after 28 sessions over 16 days.
The 32 seeded players from the PDC Order of Merit will join the event in round two, while 32 ProTour Order of Merit qualifiers will take part in the first round alongside 32 international qualifiers.
Tickets for the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship will go on Priority Sale to PDCTV-HD Annual Subscribers on Monday July 23 and on General Sale from Monday July 30. Hospitality Packages will go on sale from Tuesday July 31. Ticket information will be available at www.pdc.tv/tickets
PDC Order of Merit (as of June 6)
(Provisional qualifiers highlighted in green)
Pro Tour Order of Merit (as of June 6)
(Provisional qualifiers highlighted in yellow)
The remaining 32 places at Alexandra Palace will be made up of international first round qualifiers.
Female players will have the opportunity to compete later this year in a UK Qualifier or a Rest of the World Qualifier to claim their spot in the World Championship, where they could emulate previous competitors Gayl King and Anastasia Dobromyslova, with the news following on from Chinese qualifier Momo Zhou’s participation in last weekend’s World Cup of Darts.
The top four players from the 2018 PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit will also compete at Alexandra Palace, along with the leading two players from the PDC Unicorn Development Tour, PDC Nordic & Baltic rankings and the Order of Merit winners from the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour and DartPlayers Australia and EuroAsian Darts Corporation circuits.
In addition, the top ranked American player and top-ranked Canadian player from the Championship Darts Corporation will join the 2018 North American Championship winner in earning a spot at Alexandra Palace.
The World Youth Championship and DPA Oceanic Masters will join knockout events to be held in China, Japan, India, Africa, New Zealand, South America, Germany, Ireland and four qualifiers across Europe ahead of November’s PDPA Qualifier, which is the last chance for professionals to secure one of two places in the World Championship.
Provisional International Qualifiers (as of June 6)
PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit Top Four - Lourance Ilagan, Royden Lam, Seigo Asada, Noel Malicdem
PDC Unicorn Development Tour Order of Merit Top Two - Niels Zonneveld, Ted Evetts
PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit Winner - Dennis Nilsson (Michael Barnard is the current leader, but would be qualifying via the ProTour OOM)
Nordic & Baltic Rankings Top Two - Darius Labanauskas, Daniel Larsson
DartPlayers Australia Order of Merit Winner - Steve MacArthur (Corey Cadby is the current leader, but would be qualifying via the ProTour OOM).
CDC Top ranked American Player
CDC Top ranked Canadian Player
North American Championship Winner
2018 PDC Unicorn World Youth Champion
DPA Oceanic Masters Winner
DartPlayers New Zealand Qualifier
German Superleague Champion
Central Europe Qualifier
South Europe Qualifier
West Europe Qualifier
East Europe Qualifier
PDC China Qualifier
Tom Kirby Memorial Irish Matchplay Champion
PDJ Japanese Qualifier
South American Qualifier
UK Ladies Qualifier
Rest of the World Ladies Qualifier
PDPA Qualifier (x2)