THE 2019 PDC calendar will see over 200 days of darts include an expanded Premier League, a new UK Open format, 30 Players Championship events and a new destination for the European Tour.

The PDC's international growth will continue next year alongside the expansion of the ProTour with more opportunities for players than ever before.

Key developments in the 2019 PDC Calendar:
* Premier League expands to 17 nights, including double-header at Rotterdam Ahoy
* UK Open to feature 128 Tour Card Holders, 16 Challenge Tour Order of Merit Qualifiers & 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers
* Prague to host European Tour event alongside established destinations in Germany, the Netherlands, Gibraltar, Austria and Denmark
* Amsterdam to host a PDC televised event for the first time
* 30 Players Championship events to be held in 2019
* European Qualifying School from January 3-6 in Hildesheim
* UK Qualifying School from January 17-20 in Wigan

Following the conclusion of the World Darts Championship with the final on New Year's Day, focus moves to the European Qualifying School from January 3-6 in Hildesheim ahead of the UK Qualifying School in Wigan from January 17-20.

With UK Open Qualifiers dropping off the schedule following the expansion of the UK Open to 160 players - including all 128 Tour Card Holders - two Players Championship weekends open the ProTour season in their place during February.

A total of 30 Players Championship events will take place in 2019, including a weekend in Hildesheim in early August and four midweek double-headers.

Germany will host seven European Tour events, in Leverkusen, Hildesheim, Munich, Saarbrücken, Sindelfingen, Mannheim and Riesa, while both Graz and Vienna will stage events in Austria.

After 2018's successful maiden event in Copenhagen, the European Tour will return to Denmark alongside visits to the Netherlands, Gibraltar and, for a first time, the Czech Republic.

Following The Masters from February 1-3, the Premier League begins on Thursday February 7 in Newcastle and will also visit Glasgow, Dublin and Exeter during the opening four weeks.

The UK Open will be held from March 1-3 at the Butlin's Minehead Resort, with the Premier League continuing in Aberdeen and Nottingham before heading to Berlin ahead of a double-header in Rotterdam which will include Judgement Night.

The second half of the season features league nights in Belfast, Liverpool, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds ahead of the Play-Offs on May 23 at The O2 in London.

The World Cup of Darts will move to Hamburg from June 6-9, with the hugely popular World Matchplay retaining its traditional spot in the calendar from July 20-28 in Blackpool.

The autumn's televised events will begin from October 6-12 with the World Grand Prix, to be followed by the Champions League and European Championship, which moves to Göttingen.

The World Series of Darts Finals will move to the Netherlands to be held, for the first time for a PDC televised event, in Amsterdam from November 1-3.

The Grand Slam of Darts will then be held from November 9-17 in Wolverhampton and be followed by the Players Championship Finals and World Youth Championship final in Minehead from November 22-24.

Dates for the 2019/2020 World Darts Championship will be confirmed in due course.

The 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour, for non-Tour Card Holders, will see five weekends held during the year, which will each feature four events across two days in Wigan, Peterborough and Wolverhampton.

The PDC Unicorn Development Tour will also feature five double-header weekends next year, with three being held in Wigan alongside visits to Hildesheim and Wolverhampton.

"The release of the PDC calendar is always an exciting time and this is especially so for 2019," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.

"Our recent announcement of the expansion of the UK Open has allowed us to increase the number of Players Championship events being held during the year and create further opportunities for professional players.

"In addition, the European Tour remains consistent with 13 events but visits the Czech Republic for the first time to continue its growth across the continent.

"With Amsterdam staging a TV event for the first time when it hosts the World Series of Darts Finals and a Premier League double-header in Rotterdam, the popularity of the sport in the Netherlands is also reflected in next year's schedule.

"These continue to be hugely exciting times for anyone with the ambition to get to the top of the sport, and I'm sure that there will be massive interest for Qualifying School in the UK and Germany in January and also on our Development and Challenge Tour circuits."

Tickets for the 2019 Unibet Premier League will go on Priority Sale to PDCTV-HD Annual Subscribers on Monday October 1 (subscribers must have an Annual Subscription at 12pm BST on Friday September 14 to be eligible). Tickets will then go on General Sale from Monday October 8.

Full ticket information for all PDC events is available at www.pdc.tv/tickets.

Entries for the 2019 PDC Qualifying School will be available in due course.

UPDATE (Sep 28): The Unibet Premier League nights in Leeds and Aberdeen have swapped dates. Aberdeen is now March 7 and Leeds is now May 16.

2019 PDC Calendar

DATE VENUE TOURNAMENT
JANUARY    
1 London World Championship Final
3 - 6 Hildesheim, Germany European Q-School
17 - 20 Wigan UK Q-School
21 Dorchester Hotel Awards Dinner
26 Wigan Challenge Tour 1, 2
27 Wigan Challenge Tour 3, 4 
31 - Feb 1 Hildesheim, Germany European Tour S&W Europe Qualifier 1, 2, 3, 4
FEBRUARY    
1 - 3 Milton Keynes The Masters
7 Newcastle Premier League Darts 1
9 Wigan Players Championship 1
10 Wigan Players Championship 2
14 Glasgow Premier League Darts 2
16 Wigan Players Championship 3
17 Wigan Players Championship 4
21 Dublin Premier League Darts 3
22 Barnsley European Tour UK Qualifier 1 + 2
23 Barnsley Players Championship 5
24 Barnsley Players Championship 6
28 Exeter Premier League Darts 4
MARCH    
1 - 3 Minehead UK Open
7 Aberdeen Premier League Darts 5
9 Wigan Development Tour 1, 2
10 Wigan Development Tour 3, 4
14 Nottingham Premier League Darts 6
15 Wigan European Tour UK Qualifier 3 + 4
16 Wigan Players Championship 7
17 Wigan Players Championship 8
21 Berlin, Germany Premier League Darts 7
21 Leverkusen, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 1
22 - 24 Leverkusen, Germany European Tour 1
27 Rotterdam, Netherlands Premier League Darts 8
28 Rotterdam, Netherlands Premier League Darts 9
28 Hildesheim, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 2
29 - 31 Hildesheim, Germany European Tour 2
APRIL    
4 Belfast Premier League Darts 10
6 Barnsley Players Championship 9
7 Barnsley Players Championship 10
10 - 12 Hildesheim, Germany European Tour S&W Europe Qualifier 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
11 Liverpool Premier League Darts 11
12 Barnsley European Tour UK Qualifier 5 + 6
13 Barnsley Players Championship 11
14 Barnsley Players Championship 12
18 Cardiff Premier League Darts 12
19 Munich, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 3
20 Wigan Development Tour 5, 6
21 Wigan Development Tour 7, 8
20 - 22 Munich, Germany European Tour 3
25 Birmingham Premier League Darts 13
25 Saarbrücken, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 4
26 - 28 Saarbrücken, Germany European Tour 4
30 Barnsley Players Championship 13
MAY    
1 Barnsley Players Championship 14
2 Manchester Premier League Darts 14
2 Graz, Austria European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 5
3 - 5 Graz, Austria European Tour 5
9 Sheffield Premier League Darts 15
9 Sindelfingen, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 6
11 Wigan Challenge Tour 5, 6
12 Wigan Challenge Tour 7, 8
10 - 12 Sindelfingen, Germany European Tour 6
16 Leeds Premier League Darts 16
17 Barnsley European Tour UK Qualifier 7 + 8
18 Barnsley Players Championship 15
19 Barnsley Players Championship 16
23 London Premier League Darts Play-Offs
23 Zwolle, Netherlands European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 7
24 - 26 Zwolle, Netherlands European Tour 7
JUNE    
6 - 9 Hamburg, Germany World Cup
8 Milton Keynes Development Tour 9, 10
9 Milton Keynes Development Tour 11, 12
13 Copenhagen, Denmark European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 8
14 - 16 Copenhagen, Denmark European Tour 8
21 Wigan European Tour UK Qualifier 9 + 10
22 Wigan Players Championship 17
23 Wigan Players Championship 18
27 Prague, Czech Republic European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 9
28 - 30 Prague, Czech Republic European Tour 9
JULY    
12 Peterborough European Tour UK Qualifier 11 + 12
13 Peterborough Challenge Tour 9, 10
14 Peterborough Challenge Tour 11, 12
16 Barnsley Players Championship 19
17 Barnsley Players Championship 20
20 - 28 Blackpool World Matchplay
AUGUST    
3 Hildesheim, Germany Players Championship 21
4 Hildesheim, Germany Players Championship 22
10 Wolverhampton Challenge Tour 13, 14
11 Wolverhampton Challenge Tour 15, 16
17 Hildesheim, Germany Development Tour 13, 14
18 Hildesheim, Germany Development Tour 15, 16
19 - 20 Hildesheim, Germany European Tour S&W Europe Qualifier 10, 11, 12, 13
29 Vienna, Austria European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 10
30 - Sep 1 Vienna, Austria European Tour 10
SEPTEMBER    
5 Mannheim, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 11
6 - 8 Mannheim, Germany European Tour 11
10 Barnsley Players Championship 23
11 Barnsley Players Championship 24
12 Riesa, Germany European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 12
13 - 15 Riesa, Germany European Tour 12
20 Barnsley European Tour UK Qualifier 13
21 Barnsley Players Championship 25
22 Barnsley Players Championship 26
26 Gibraltar European Tour Host Nation Qualifier 13
28 Wigan Challenge Tour 17, 18
29 Wigan Challenge Tour 19, 20
27 - 29 Gibraltar European Tour 13
OCTOBER    
3 Dublin World Series Finals Qualifier
4 Dublin Players Championship 27
5 Dublin Players Championship 28
6 - 12 Dublin World Grand Prix
14 Barnsley Players Championship 29
15 Barnsley Players Championship 30
19 - 20 VENUE TBC Champions League
24 - 27 Göttingen, Germany European Championship
NOVEMBER    
1 - 3 Amsterdam, Netherlands World Series Finals
2 Wigan Development Tour 17, 18
3 Wigan Development Tour 19, 20
4 Wigan Grand Slam Qualifier + WYC L96
9 - 17 Wolverhampton Grand Slam of Darts
22 - 24 Minehead Players Championship Finals
24 Minehead World Youth Championship Final
25 Wigan World Championship Qualifier
DECEMBER    
TBC London World Championship

NB: World Series of Darts events will be confirmed in due course.