There are a number of ways for players to join the PDC circuit, as detailed below.
Entries are now open for the 2023 PDC Qualifying Schools, which will be held from January 9-15 in Milton Keynes and Kalkar.
The PDC Qualifying Schools give any ambitious darts player aged 16 and above the chance to win a PDC Tour Card to compete full-time on the sport's professional circuit.
Northern Ireland's Josh Rock has been the stand-out performer of the new PDC Tour Card winners in 2022, having already broken into the world's 50, won a Players Championship event and hit a nine-darter in the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts!
Qualifying School will see players competing at venues in the UK and Europe simultaneously across the three-day First Stage and four-day Final Stage from January 9-15.
The UK Qualifying School will be held at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes (click here for accommodation information), while the European Qualifying School will take place at the Wunderland Kalkar in Germany (click here for accommodation information).
First Stage will be played across three days, with the eight quarter-finalists from each day qualifying automatically for Final Stage, with remaining places in Final Stage - up to a total of 128 at each venue - being decided from an Order of Merit.
Players who lose their Tour Card at the end of 2022 will be entered into the Final Stage in either the UK or European Qualifying School, along with players in the top 16 from the respective 2022 Winmau Challenge Tour and Development Tour Orders of Merit who do not already have Tour Cards for 2023 and receive free entry.
Entries cost £450 per player, which includes the £50 2023 DRA Sanction Fee, and entry can be made now online through the PDC Entry System.
New players must register their details at this link. Following your registration, you will receive an email to confirm that you are available to enter tournaments, and at this stage you can login to make your entry to the relevant events. This verification may take up to 48 hours.
Entries for the 2023 PDC Qualifying Schools will close on Friday January 6 at 1400 GMT.
Players from the UK, Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar would compete in the UK Qualifying School, with players from all other European nations competing in the European Qualifying School. Players from other nations may choose in which Qualifying School to compete.
The top eight players from the final 2022 Women's Series Order of Merit and 2022 PDC Nordic & Baltic Tour will be invited to compete in First Stage of Qualifying School at no cost.
Note for all players:
* Players are advised not to make non-refundable or non-changeable travel or accommodation bookings.
The 2023 Winmau Development Tour will feature 24 events during the year.
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 2023.
Players who turn 24 after January 4 2023 would be able to play in all events during 2022.
Entries will be available through the PDC Entry System.
New players must Register their details at this link. Following your registration, you will receive an email to confirm that you are available to enter tournaments, and at this stage you can login to make your entry to the relevant events. This verification may take up to 48 hours.
2023 Winmau Development Tour
Events 1-5: March 31-April 2 - Milton Keynes
Events 6-10: April 28-30 - Wigan
Events 11-15: June 9-11 - Hildesheim
Events 16-20: July 14-16 - Leicester
Events 21-24: August 18-19 - Milton Keynes
World Youth Championship L96: August 20 - Milton Keynes
Details for the 2023 Winmau Challenge Tour are below.
The 2023 Challenge Tour will be for PDPA Associate Members, who competed at Qualifying School but did not win a Tour Card.
Entry will be available via the PDC Entry System.
2023 Winmau Challenge Tour
Events 1-5: January 20-22, Milton Keynes
Events 6-9: March 17-18, Hildesheim
Events 10-14: May 5-7, Milton Keynes
Events 15-19: August 4-6, Milton Keynes
Events 20-24: October 28-30, Wigan
The 2023 Cazoo UK Open will give amateur players the chance to win through Amateur Qualifiers to secure a spot at Butlin's Minehead Resort in March.
The 160-player UK Open features action across eight stages in one of the most popular televised events each year, with PDC stars traditionally joined by emerging names and unknown amateur talents.
Details of Amateur Qualifiers 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.