The annual PDC Qualifying School allows ANY darts player aged 16 or above the chance to compete to win a PDC Tour Card in January each year.
The ongoing growth of the PDC now sees two venues host Qualifying Schools
The European Qualifying School will take place from January 3-6 2019 at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.
The UK Qualifying School will take place from January 17-20 2019 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, UK.
The final number of qualifying places will be confirmed on a pro-rata basis based on entry levels across each venue, with a guaranteed eight Tour Cards available at the UK Qualifying School and four Tour Cards at the European Qualifying School.
The 2019 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour will only be open to players who competed in the two Qualifying Schools - there will be no "Challenge Tour Only" membership of the PDPA available.
In addition, the field of 128 players for Players Championship tournaments will be topped up by players from the Challenge Tour Order of Merit in 2019, rather than from the Qualifying School Order of Merit.
UK Qualifying School is open to players with the following nationalities:
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Gibraltar.
European Qualifying School is open to players with the following nationalities:
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine
Players from other nations may choose in which Qualifying School to participate.
The UK Qualifying School will play down to the final two players on each day, to give eight automatic Tour Cards.
The European Qualifying School will play down to a winner on each day, to give four automatic Tour Cards.
The remaining Tour Cards will be awarded to players based on positions in the Qualifying School Order of Merit on a pro-rata basis across the UK and European Qualifying Schools depending on final entry numbers, with separate ranking lists to be collated for each venue and players awarded one point per win from the first full round without byes onwards.
If two or more players are tied on points, they will be separated in the ranking list by a countback, one event at a time, until they can be separated. If they cannot be separated after all matches have been taken into consideration, then total legs won will be used to determine positions, and then leg difference and, if necessary, a play-off.
Entry costs £450 (which includes £50 DRA sanction fee)
Entry will be available through the PDC Tournament Entry System.
All players must Register their details with the new system at this link (existing PDC players are required to do this with the new system to ensure that your details are correct).
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 Qualifying School. This verification may take up to 48 hours.
Following your confirmed entry, the PDPA will contact you via your registered email address to complete your PDPA Membership.
The player shall then be deemed to be an Associate Member of the PDPA for the year providing the player participates in at least one day of Q School.
Players who achieve their Tour Card must upgrade to Full PDPA membership at a cost of an additional £100 in order to be granted their Tour Card.
Queries can be directed to the PDC via the Contact Us page.
German-speaking players can contact Carsten Arlt from PDC Europe.
Bei weiteren Fragen zum Ablauf können deutschsprachige Spieler auch Carsten Arlt.