There are a number of ways for players to join the PDC circuit, as detailed below.
Players can win PDC Tour Cards to compete on the PDC ProTour at Qualifying School each year.
The 2021 PDC Qualifying School took place from February 8-17 in Milton Keynes and Niedernhausen.
Both the UK and European Qualifying Schools saw Stage One held across two blocks of three days ahead of Final Stage, where Tour Cards were secured.
Players who do not win a PDC Tour Card will become PDPA Associate Members and be eligible to compete on the PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour that year.
Details of the 2022 PDC Qualifying Schools will be confirmed in due course, most likely in October or November 2021.
Details for the 2021 PDC Unicorn Development Tour are below, with players able to compete in up to 12 events during the year (either in the UK or Germany.
The Development Tour is for players aged 16-23; players can play from the day on which they turn 16 during the year, with an upper limit of needing to be 23 on January 4 2021.
Players who turn 24 after January 4 2021 would be able to play in all events during 2021.
2021 PDC Unicorn Development Tour
August 20-22 - European Development Tour Events 1-6, Niedernhausen, Germany
August 20-22 - UK Development Tour Events 1-6, Milton Keynes, England
October 29-31 - UK Development Tour Events 7-12, Barnsley, England
November 5-7 - European Development Tour Events 7-12, Niedernhausen, Germany
Details for the 2021 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour are below.
The 2021 Challenge Tour will be for PDPA Associate Members, who will compete in the same country where they played at Qualifying School.
Challenge Tour events are open to any player who competes at Qualifying School who does not win a Tour Card.
2021 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour
July 2-4 - European Challenge Tour Events 1-6, Niedernhausen, Germany
August 6-8 - UK Challenge Tour Events 1-6, Milton Keynes, England
September 3-5 - European Challenge Tour Events 7-12, Niedernhausen, Germany
September 3-5 - UK Challenge Tour Events 7-12, Milton Keynes, England
Details of Amateur Qualifiers for the 2022 Ladbrokes UK Open will be confirmed in due course.
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.
Each season usually culminates 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.