About the World Darts Championship

The PDC World Championship is darts' annual show-piece held at the historic Alexandra Palace in London. 

The tournament features 96 players from around the world battling it out for £2.5 million in prize money and the iconic Sid Waddell trophy. 

Introduced in 1994 following a dispute with the British Darts Organisation over prize money and television coverage, the PDC World Championship has gone on to become the greatest event on planet darts, attended by around 66,000 fans each year.

The tournament is currently sponsored by William Hill and is now staged at the Alexandra Palace in London after being held the Circus Tavern in Purfleet for its first 14 stagings.

Phil Taylor has been crowned World Champion an incredible 16 times but was beaten in the final in last ever appearance in the tournament by Rob Cross - who claimed a fairy-tale triumph in his debut year.

There have been many memorable matches contested in the history of the prestigious event, making it a gripping feast of darts over the festive period.

The 2018/19 tournament will take place from December 13 to January 1 at London's Alexandra Palace, with a record £500,000 on offer to the winner.

PDC World Championship Roll of Honour

YearFinal Result
1994Dennis Priestley 6-1 Phil Taylor
1995Phil Taylor 6-2 Rod Harrington
1996Phil Taylor 6-4 Dennis Priestley
1997Phil Taylor 6-3 Dennis Priestley
1998Phil Taylor 6-0 Dennis Priestley
1999Phil Taylor 6-2 Peter Manley
2000Phil Taylor 7-3 Dennis Priestley
2001Phil Taylor 7-0 John Part
2002Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
2003John Part 7-6 Phil Taylor 
2004Phil Taylor 7-6 Kevin Painter
2005Phil Taylor 7-4 Mark Dudbridge
2006Phil Taylor 7-0 Peter Manley
2007Raymond van Barneveld 7-6 Phil Taylor
2008John Part 7-2 Kirk Shepherd
2009Phil Taylor 7-1 Raymond van Barneveld
2010Phil Taylor 7-3 Simon Whitlock
2011Adrian Lewis 7-5 Gary Anderson
2012Adrian Lewis 7-3 Andy Hamilton
2013Phil Taylor 7-4 Michael van Gerwen
2014Michael van Gerwen 7-4 Peter Wright
2015Gary Anderson 7-6 Phil Taylor
2016Gary Anderson 7-5 Adrian Lewis
2017Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Gary Anderson
2018Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor 

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Qualifiers

In the biggest development for the sport's show-piece tournament since its move to Alexandra Palace in 2008, this year's World Championship will feature a record field and record prize money as well as more sessions and more television coverage than ever before.
 
The introduction of 24 further qualifiers will see the field increase from 72 to 96 competitors, with additional professionals joining an expanded group of international qualifiers, which will include at least two female contenders.
 
Six additional sessions will be added to this year's schedule to accommodate the extra matches, resulting in a 30 percent increase in live TV coverage to over 110 hours.

A major change to the format will see the world's top 32 ranked players enter at the Second Round stage, with the UK and international qualifiers battling it out in the First Round.

Female players will have the opportunity to compete in a UK Qualifier or a Rest of the World Qualifier to claim their spot in the World Championship, where they could emulate previous competitors Gayl King and Anastasia Dobromyslova.
 
The top four players from the 2018 PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit will also compete at Ally Pally, alongside the leading two players from the PDC Development Tour, PDC Nordic & Baltic rankings and the Order of Merit winners from the PDC Challenge Tour and DartPlayers Australia and EuroAsian Darts Corporation circuits.
 
In addition, the top ranked American player and top-ranked Canadian player from the Championship Darts Corporation will join the 2018 North American Championship winner in earning a spot at Alexandra Palace.
 
The World Youth Championship and DPA Oceanic Masters will join knockout events to be held in China, Japan, India, Africa, New Zealand, South America, Germany, Ireland and four qualifiers across Europe ahead of November’s PDPA Qualifier, which is the last chance for professionals to secure one of two places in the World Championship.

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