Change commences for World Darts Federation as new majors and ranking system confirmed
Following their recent decision to cease their involvement with the British Darts Organisation, the World Darts Federation have confirmed changes to their current calendar as of this year.
A multi-board ‘World Masters’ style major will be established within the the next twelve months, alongside a ‘World Championship’, with male, female and youth players from across the globe being provided with the opportunity of representing their country.
The prestigious Dutch Open, Scottish Open, German Open, Denmark Open, Welsh Open, England Open, Pacific Masters, Spanish Open, Korea Open, Irish Open, Czech Open and an unconfirmed tournament in Canada will act as gold ranked events, with the winners automatically sealing their places in the end-of-season extravaganza.
Gold-ranked semi-finalists will also be awarded with places in the multi-board major, as will silver-ranked finalists and the winners of the bronze-ranked events.
Further information on the specific dates, locations, prize fund and qualification details will be released as soon as it becomes available.
Elsewhere, the WDF have also announced changes to its world ranking system, with gold, silver and bronze tournaments replacing the old numerical categories.
A platinum category has also been launched, though, that entails only the newly-announced majors and the largest tournament in world darts in terms of population – the Dutch Open.
Similar to that of the BDO, regional tables have also been launched, leading up to the end-of-season majors.
Those particular ranking tables will consist of the UK and Ireland, Northern Europe, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States of America.
Egypt’s Marsa Alam Open will absurdly be included in the Eastern European regional table, while WDF members in Ethiopia, South Africa, the Caribbean and South America will be given the opportunity to qualify for majors via international qualifiers.
WORLD DARTS FEDERATION STATEMENT
“The World Darts Federation is delighted to announce our intentions for the 2020 season and a brand new world ranking structure.
“The WDF are fully committed to establishing two new major tournaments within the next 12 months.
“The first will be a ‘World Masters’ style multi-board event for men, women and youth that will provide the opportunity for players from all member countries to compete, including the winners of every WDF sanctioned event in the calendar year.
“We will also be launching an end-of-season finale in the traditional format of a staged ‘World Championship’ type event, where the top men, women and youth players within our global system have the opportunity to become WDF champions.
“The WDF ranking system now includes over 100 events from almost 50 countries in 2020 and is explained in detail below. These include a number of “Gold” events, which will see their champions promoted directly into our new major competitions.
“We will also look forward to announcing news of additional staged international events under the WDF banner in the near future.
“Further details on the dates, location, prize fund and the full qualification criteria for our new major tournaments will be released as soon as it is available.
“Our WDF youth system is also a priority. It will be fully reviewed in the coming weeks and further details of qualification for the majors will be announced.
“We would like to emphasise that 2020 will be a transitional year for the World Darts Federation and that no tournament restrictions will be made regarding seeding, format or prize money.
“A clear structure and definitive rules with regards to the 2021 WDF calendar and the world ranking system, tournament seeding, playing format and prize structure will be issued in due course.”