World Darts Federation

The World Darts Federation (WDF) is a sport governing body[1][2] and (along with the PDC) tournament organiser for the game of darts. It was formed in 1974, by representatives of the original fourteen founding members.[2] Membership is open to the national organizing body for darts in all nations. The WDF encourages the promotion of the sport of darts among and between those bodies, in an effort to gain international recognition for darts as a major sport. The WDF is a full member of Global Association of International Sports Federations, which is the governing body for international sports federations.

World Darts Federation
World Darts Federation.jpg
AbbreviationWDF
Formation1974
TypeDarts organisation
Websitewww.dartswdf.com

The WDF stages a world championship (called the WDF World Cup), as well as continental championships such as the WDF Americas Cup, the WDF Asia-Pacific Cup and the WDF Europe Cup. The country that is first in the overall leader board (overall best result in the two events, singles, pairs, teams) becomes the world champion. Winners of any of the events can also call themselves the official World Champion. Winners of continental championships can call themselves the official champion of their own areas.

After the collapse of the British Darts Organisation in September 2020, the WDF announced plans to launch the WDF World Championship and WDF World Masters.[3]

MembersEdit

73 national members:[4]

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Catalonia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • England
  • Ethiopia
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Rep. of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • St. Lucia
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos
  • USA
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Wales

The WDF Rankings, as defined by the World Darts Federation, are the "objective merit-based method used for determining qualification for entry and seeding in all of its tournaments for both male and female singles, pairs and team". The rankings tables are "rolling tables", and points from an event are counted until that event occurs the following year. If a particular event does not occur in the following year, points are deleted after a calendar year.[5]

Tournament levels and points allocationEdit

A player's WDF Ranking is based on the points they have accrued from their best 10 performances over the previous 12 month rolling period.[6] The eligible tournaments include a selection of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level tournaments with decreasing points at each level.

Since the formation of the WDF rankings in 1974 the method used to calculate a player's ranking points has changed several times. Notes: The WDF international tournaments have six categories for both men and women (singles, pairs and teams)

Current points distributionEdit

Points are currently awarded as follows:[7]

Tournament category W F SF QF R16 R32 R64
WDF Platinum tournaments 270 167 103 64 39 26 13
WDF Gold tournaments 180 111 68 43 26 17 9
WDF Silver tournaments 90 56 34 21 13 9
WDF Bronze tournaments 45 28 17 11 6