MORE countries than ever before will be represented at the 2018/2019 William Hill World Darts Championship.

The tournament's biggest development since its move to London's Alexandra Palace a decade ago saw the field of players expanded to 96, offering more opportunities than ever before for international players.

Darts' biggest-ever event will see 28 nationalities represented, meaning the continental flavour will be stronger than ever at this year's festival of darts across the Christmas and New Year period.

Among the International Qualifiers is Nordic and Baltic Qualfier Darius Labanauskas, who will become the first player to represent Lithuania at the PDC World Championship.

There will also be 24 debutants in this year's event, the joint-second highest number since the first World Championship in 1994.

Among the new kids on the block are rising Dutch star Danny Noppert,UK & Ireland Women's Qualifier Lisa Ashton and American Chuck Puleo.

World Championship Competitors By Country
England (34)
- Rob Cross, James Wade, Michael Smith, Ian White, Dave Chisnall, Darren Webster, Joe Cullen, Adrian Lewis, Stephen Bunting, Mervyn King, Steve Beaton, Steve West, Alan Norris, James Wilson, Ricky Evans, Chris Dobey, Josh Payne, Ryan Joyce, Richard North, Keegan Brown, Nathan Aspinall, Michael Barnard, Simon Stevenson, Luke Humphries, Alan Tabern, Wayne Jones, Ross Smith, Ryan Searle, Matthew Edgar, Lisa Ashton, Stephen Burton, Ted Evetts, Adam Hunt, Aden Kirk

Netherlands (13) - Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Jelle Klaasen, Jermaine Wattimena, Benito van de Pas, Danny Noppert, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Jan Dekker, Ron Meulenkamp, Vincent van der Voort, Jeffrey de Graaf, Yordi Meeuwisse, Geert Nentjes

Australia (5) - Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson, Paul Nicholson, James Bailey, Raymond Smith

Scotland (4) - Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, John Henderson, Robert Thornton

Germany (4) - Max Hopp, Martin Schindler, Gabriel Clemens, Robert Marijanovic

Northern Ireland (4) - Daryl Gurney, Mickey Mansell, Brendan Dolan, Kevin Burness

Wales (3) - Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton, Jamie Lewis

Austria (2) - Mensur Suljovic, Rowby-John Rodriguez

Belgium (2) - Kim Huybrechts, Dimitri Van den Bergh

Spain (2) - Cristo Reyes, Toni Alcinas

Canada (2) - Jim Long, Jeff Smith

Republic of Ireland (2) - Steve Lennon, William O'Connor

New Zealand (2) - Cody Harris, Craig Ross

Philippines (2) - Lourence Ilagan, Noel Malicdem

Russia (2) - Boris Koltsov, Anastasia Dobromyslova

Brazil (1) - Diogo Portela

China (1) - Yuanjun Liu

Czech Republic (1) - Karel Sedlacek

Hong Kong (1) - Royden Lam

India (1) - Nitin Kumar

Japan (1) - Seigo Asada

Lithuania (1) - Darius Labanauskas

Poland (1) - Krzysztof Ratajski

Portugal (1) - Jose De Sousa

South Africa (1) - Devon Petersen

Singapore (1) - Paul Lim

Sweden (1) - Daniel Larsson

USA (1) - Chuck Puleo

World Championship Debutants
Raymond Smith
Danny Noppert
Matthew Edgar
Darius Labanauskus
Lisa Ashton
Ryan Searle
Ryan Joyce
James Bailey
Karel Sedlacek
Daniel Larsson
Kevin Burness
Nitin Kumar
Chuck Puleo
Adam Hunt
Stephen Burton
Yordi Meeuwise
Gabriel Clemens
Aden Kirk
Geert Nentjes
Nathan Aspinall
Noel Malicdem
Craig Ross
Jim Long
Yuanjun Liu