THE WORLD DARTS FEDERATION ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF THE WDF WORLD MASTERS, WITH IT’S FIRST EDITION SET TO TAKE PLACE IN THE NETHERLANDS, 2-5 DECEMBER 2021
For the first time, in cooperation with the Nederlandse Darts Bond, the 2021 WDF World Masters will take place at the Bonte Wever in Assen, the venue that has hosted the iconic Dutch Open since 2014.
The prestigious World Masters tournament began back in 1974, ran by the British Darts Organisation and sanctioned by the World Darts Federation until it’s last edition in 2019. It has been the launchpad to the careers of some of the sports greatest stars, including John Lowe, Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson, Phil Taylor, Deta Hedman, Trina Gulliver, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Martin Adams & Lisa Ashton.
In January 2020, the WDF made their intentions clear in assuming full responsibility of the World Masters and World Championship, complete with a new rankings structure and qualification criteria. However, plans to announce and run these major events at the end of the 2020 season were placed on hold due to the Covid-19 global pandemic. Play may have stopped, but the hard work continued throughout 2020 with plans to reinvigorate grass root darts worldwide.
It is the WDF’s priority to make the 2021 World Masters more accessible to it’s members than ever before, in an event that features separate Mens, Womens, Boys and Girls competitions. Over 1000 amateur players will qualify through various avenues, including the WDF world and regional rankings, top placings in WDF sanctioned events, former World Masters and World Championship winners, plus places awarded to every member nation.
The full qualifying criteria, tournament format and prize money will be confirmed in due course.