A FIELD of 249 players have entered the 2019 PDC European Qualifying School, which will be held from January 3-6 in Hildesheim, Germany.

The battle to win coveted places on the PDC ProTour begins at Halle 39, with the winner of each of the four events guaranteed a PDC Tour Card for 2019.

In addition, players will earn ranking points per victory in each full round of the event (which does not include Byes), which will be used to form the Q School Orders of Merit, with further PDC Tour Cards to be awarded to players from the European Qualifying School Order of Merit.

The entries for the European Qualifying School include former World Cup of Darts champion Co Stompé, who is looking to secure a return to professional darts.

2018 North American Championship winner Jeff Smith has also chosen to compete in Germany, with players from outside Europe having the choice of entering the UK or European Qualifying School.

A number of competitors from the 2018/19 World Darts Championship are bidding to claim a place on the PDC circuit, among them are New Zealand's Cody Harris and Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas.

Players competing with World Cup of Darts experience include Germany's Jyhan Artut, Greek John Michael and Russia's Boris Koltsov, while Jeffrey De Graaf and Madars Razma are bidding to win back their Tour Cards having lost them at the end of 2018.

Follow tv.dartconnect.com for live scores and results from European Qualifying School, with play starting at 1200 local time.

All games are the best of nine legs.

2019 PDC Qualifying Schools
European Qualifying School Entries

Patric Aeschbach
Dennis Akhtar 
Robert Allenstein
Vladimir Angelov
Kevin Antz
Thomas Arhelger
Deniz Armut
Jyhan Artut
Duvaan Ata
Shanendo Aué
Armend Avdija
Pierre Azzam
Stefan Baake
Uwe Bacher
Andy Baetens 
James Bailey
Ronald Balfoort
Sandor Ballo
Mindaugas Barauskas
Pascal Bäuerle
Gerrit Begemann
Robin Beger
Jeffrey Bekema
Stefan Bellmont
Roman Benecky
René Berndt
Manfred Bilderl
Aegir Bjornsson
Andy Bless
Kevin Blomme
Nico Blum
Wesley Bour
Markus Brummer
Christian Bunse
Luis Camacho
Muzaffer Celik
Andre Christen
Petros Christodoulou
Matthew Clarke
Massimo Dalla Rosa
Mike De Decker
Melvin de Fijter
Jeffrey De Graaf
Theo de Jong
Jose De Sousa
Geert De Vos
Ryan De Vreede 
Stefaan Deprez
Jody Deramoudt
Lyuben Dimitrov
Gino Drobick
Pavel Drtil
Christian Eckert
Hendrik Eggermann
Rene Eidams
Cor Ernst 
Rene Fabbro
Sandor Farkas
Paulo Ferreira
Pauli Finnila
Andreas Flamme
Levy Frauenfelder
Fabian Freitag
Michel Furlani
Markandu Garunakumar
Philipp Gerwing
Mats Gies
Christian Goedl
Marcel Goldschmidt
Jochen Graudenz
Kevin Grebe
Toon Greebe
Helge Gross
Fredi Gsellmann
Marcel Gugger
Christopher Haensch
Ewald Hagemann
Philipp Hagemann
Niels-Joergen Hansen
Cody Harris
Andreas Harrysson
Juergen Hartung 
Mick Hasse
Michael Häusler
Niels Heinsøe
Simeon Heinz
Florian Hempel
Jerry Hendriks
Jimmy Hendriks
Leo Hendriks
Fabian Herz
Joerg Hofmann 
Wim Hofsink
Erik Hol
Dragutin Horvat
Remon Hurrebrink
Michael Hurtz
Ulrich Jansen
Jeremy Jendrzejewski 
Pavel Jirkal
Mario Jodozy
Thomas Junghans
Brian Kaemena
Danny Kaiser
Christian Kallinger
Marko Kantele
Jakub Kašpar
Dominic Keller
Michael Kiebel 
Jens Kniest 
Kevin Knopf
Karsten Koch
Thomas Kohlmann
Thomas Köhnlein
Boris Koltsov
Arjan Konterman
Sandro Kopper
Karsten Kornath
Patrik Kovacs
Sammy Kreitz
Georg Kühweidner 
Maik Kuivenhoven
Nico Kurz
Darius Labanauskus
Gergely Lakatos
Jonathan Lang
Maik Langendorf
Thomas Lazic 
Matthias Lex
Glenn Leysen
Pero Ljubic 
Felix Losan
Nico Mandl
Rolf Marks
Geordie Martis
Marius May
Alessio Medaina
Yordi Meeuwisse
Jörg Meinert
Till Meischner
Alexander Merkx 
John Michael
Andrea Micheletti
Mareno Michels
Frederic Mozelewski
Justin Müller 
Kevin Munch
Philipp Netzer
Thomas Neugebauer
Kenny Neyens
Wessel Nijman
Stefan Nilles
Dennis Nilsson
Jesús Noguera
Gabriel Florin-Olar
Michal Ondo
Dragurin Pecnjak
David Peretz
Lasse Petersen
Ricardo Pietreczko
José Henriques Pinto de Sena 
Marcel Plaewe
Wesley Plaisier
Tobias Ploetz
Michael Plooy
Mike Poge
Mehdi Poggi
Sebastian Pohl
Martin Popelka
Ivan Springborg-Poulsen 
Marko Puls
Aaron Rahlfs
Francesco Raschini 
Michael Rasztovits
Madars Razma
Erwin Renkema
Stefanie Rennoch
Holger Rettig 
Hendrik Riedel
Javier Rodriguez
Roxy-James Rodriguez
Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Bernd Roith
Gabriel Rollo
Michael Rosenauer
David Rosí
Petr Rouc
Anton Salge
Lukasz Sawicki
Malte Schleinitz
David Schlichting
Nico Schlund 
Hannes Schnier
Rowdy Schoremans
Steven-Hendrik Schultze
Gerrit Schuur
William Schwaß
Karel Sedlacek
Tomas Seyler
Steffen Siepmann
Joe Slivan
Armando Slotboom
Michal Smejda
Jeff Smith
Daniel Sprudzs
Alexander Steinbauer 
Sebastian Steyer
Co Stompé
Co Stompe Jnr
Veniamin Symeonidis
Radek Szaganski
Stefan Taferner
Alexander Tauber
Erik Tautfest
Dominik Thiel
Stefano Tomassetti
Thibault Tricole
Alexander Tröbs
Michele Turetta
Egor Tvorogov
Carlo van Cleef
Christoff Van De Wal
Patrick van den Boogaard
Vincent Van der Meer
Edwin Van der Veen 
Mike van Duivenbode
Danny Van Klompenburg
Nigel van Milligen
Patrick van Osch
Berry van Peer
Justin van Tergouw
Danny Van Trijp
Wesley van Trijp
Richard van Zijtveld
János Végso 
Davyd Venken
Jose Ventura
Wilco Vermeulen
Juraj Vindiš
Ingo Vogt
Kobus Vriezen
Lukasz Waclawski
Nico Wagner
Marvin Wehder
Lukas Wenig
Pascal Wirotius
Sandro Wyss
Vladimír Zatko
Niels Zonneveld