THE Philippines will return to compete in the World Cup of Darts following the confirmation of the 32 competing nations for June’s tournament in Hamburg.

The resurgence of players from the Philippines on the PDC Asian Tour will see the country return for the first time since 2016 as they replace Thailand in the field for the World Cup, which will be held at Hamburg’s Barclaycard Arena from June 6-9.

Reigning champions Netherlands will defend their title as they and England both bid to claim a fifth World Cup triumph, with the two nations being the only previous champions in eight stagings of the event.

Whilst the two-player teams for each nation will be confirmed in mid-May, a number of countries have already begun their qualification events.

Dyson Parody will retain his ever-present record for Gibraltar, and is joined by debutant Antony Lopez in this year's event after the pair came through a qualifier.

Diogo Portela's third World Cup appearance for Brazil will see him partnered by Artur Valle, who defeated Zé Mário Portela 6-5 in the final of their qualifier.

South Africa's Devon Petersen will be joined by the winner of the Last Man Standing qualifier in Cape Town from April 12-14. For information, email lmstournaments@gmail.com.

The Italy team will be confirmed following a qualification tournament on March 30-31.

The China team will be determined from a qualifier to be held on May 3-4 in Beijing, with the winner of each day's play going on to represent their nation in June. To enter, players can visit this link.

2019 World Cup of Darts
Competing Nations

Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Canada
China
Czech Republic
Denmark
England
Finland
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Italy
Japan
Netherlands
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Philippines
Poland
Republic of Ireland
Russia
Scotland
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United States of America
Wales