World Darts Federation

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The World Darts Federation (WDF) Is an international sport governing body and tournament organiser for the game of darts. It was formed in 1976, by representatives of fifteen nations. 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 SportAccord, which is the governing body for international sports federations.

The WDF stages a world championship (called the WDF World Cup), as well as continental championships such as the WDF Europe Cup and the WDF Pacific Cup. The country that is first in the overall leaderboard (overall best result in the three 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.

One of its member organisations is the BDO, the official darts governing body in Britain. It stages the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship every January.


68 national members:[1]

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Catalonia
  • Cayman Islands
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • 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

One of the member organisations is the British Darts Organisation (BDO), which is the official darts body for Britain, the leading darts country. It is one of two rival British darts organisations, the other being the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), which runs its own world championship.

WDF World No. 1s[edit]


Year Men Women Year Men Women
1984 Eric Bristow Sandy Reitan 1997 Martin Adams Deta Hedman
1985 Eric Bristow Lilian Barnett 1998 Ronnie Baxter Francis Hoenselaar
1986 John Lowe Linda Batten 1999 Raymond van Barneveld Trina Gulliver
1987 Bob Anderson Maaritt Fagerholm 2000 Raymond van Barneveld Trina Gulliver
1988 John Lowe Jayne Kempster 2001 Mervyn King Trina Gulliver
1989 Bob Anderson Sharon Colclough 2002 John Walton Trina Gulliver
1990 Eric Bristow Sharon Colclough 2003 Martin Adams Trina Gulliver
1991 Phil Taylor Sharon Colclough 2004 Raymond van Barneveld Trina Gulliver
1992 Rod Harrington Mandy Solomons 2005 Raymond van Barneveld Trina Gulliver
1993 Leo Laurens Mandy Solomons 2006 Martin Adams Trina Gulliver
1994 Steve Beaton Deta Hedman 2007 Gary Anderson Trina Gulliver
1995 Richie Burnett Deta Hedman 2008 Scott Waites Francis Hoenselaar
1996 Martin Adams Deta Hedman 2009 Sharma Ravi Trina Gulliver

The rankings show Trina Gulliver as consistently being the leading women's player, having been number one on eight consecutive occasions. However, it is more difficult to determine the best male player. No male player has held the number one position as many years in a row as Gulliver, although both Martin Adams and Raymond van Barneveld have held the top position four times. The rankings for the men has become even more complex since the inception of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) formerly the World Darts Council (WDC). The leading ranked players in 1993/94 split from the BDO and they have their own world ranking system known as the Order of Merit. The players from the PDC are not included in the rankings because the BDO, which is the British governing body, is the one that is recognised by the WDF.

WDF Competitions[edit]

List of WDF tournaments

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