There are a number of ways for players to join the PDC circuit, as detailed below.
Entry for the 2020 PDC Qualifying Schools has now closed.
Two Qualifying Schools will be held simultaneously in 2020 in the UK and Europe, with Wigan and Hildesheim hosting the events from January 16-19.
In 2020, the top 64 eligible players on the PDC Order of Merit following the William Hill World Darts Championship will retain a one-year Tour Card, alongside any players who won a Tour Card at the 2019 Qualifying Schools and via the 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge and Development Tour Orders of Merit.
The remaining number of Tour Cards up to a total of 128 will be on offer at the two Qualifying Schools from January 16-19.
Each day will see the last two players at the UK Qualifying School and the winner of the European Qualifying School secure an automatic Tour Card, with points being allocated to other players based on wins in each full round.
Further Tour Cards will then be awarded based on the respective Q School Orders of Merit, allocated per venue on a pro-rata basis from the numbers of competing players.
Players who do not win a Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and can compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour.
WHICH QUALIFYING SCHOOL DO I ENTER?
The UK Qualifying School is open to players from the UK, Ireland and Gibraltar.
The European Qualifying School is open to players from other European countries.
Players from outside Europe have the choice of entering either the UK or European Qualifying School. If you are unsure, please check with the PDC before entering.
NB: For the UK Qualifying School, the capacity of the venue may be limited, dependent upon entry levels. Therefore, entry may be limited to players and DRA licensed managers only. Any allocation of guest tickets would be confirmed in due course.
WHAT IF I DO NOT WIN A TOUR CARD?
Players who do not win a PDC Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members, and will be able to compete in:
* 24 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour events, across six weekends
* European Tour Associate Member Qualifiers
* Players Championship events, subject to PDC Order of Merit rules where less than 128 Tour Card Holders enter
* Amateur qualifying events for the 2020 UK Open (should they not have qualified through their 2019 Challenge Tour or Development Tour ranking)
The PDC Unicorn Development Tour is open to ANY player aged 16-23, with the series of £10,000 tournaments each year leading up to the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship.
In 2020, 20 tournaments will be held across five double-header weekends, with two events per day for players to compete in.
This will be followed by the PDC Unicorn World Youth Championship, which features qualifiers from the Development Tour Order of Merit as well as international qualifiers.
Entries, costing £25 per event, can be made via the PDC Tournament Entry System, with the closing date of 2pm on the Friday immediately before each weekend.
Players can compete from the day which they turn 16. Players aged 23 on January 2 2020 can compete in all 2019 tournaments, regardless of the date which they turn 24.
The PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will feature six double-header weekends in 2020, where PDPA Associate Members compete for £10,000 in prize money in two events per day.
Challenge Tour events are open to any player who competes at Qualifying School who does not win a Tour Card.
The Rileys Amateur Qualifiers for the 2020 Ladbrokes UK Open will take place in January and February 2019.
Full details of how to enter will be confirmed shortly.
The PDC are affiliated to and support the Junior Darts Corporation, which stages a series of tournaments throughout the year and also supports a series of Academies.
Players aged from 10-18 can compete in JDC Tour Events, with the 2020 season to culminate in the Junior World Darts Championship, which sees the final played on stage at Alexandra Palace.
Players aged from eight upwards can join JDC Academies.
For full details, click here to visit the JDC website.