WDF 2020 developments
Thought it worth starting its own thread for this.

Following on from the WDF Letter to its members in early December, the WDF have followed it up with the following statement today:

WDF Development Plans For 2020

The World Darts Federation would like to make our member countries and their players aware that we are currently revising our senior rankings criteria, so to launch a brand new system for 2020.

Discussions are ongoing between the WDF Executive, our nations and our commercial partners to ensure that our “2020 vision” of a viable global circuit for all players becomes a reality, with the addition of brand new WDF major tournaments within the next 12 months.

The WDF season runs from January to December and we will begin the calendar year with new tournament categories of GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE. We will also be introducing regional ranking tables for both men and women, to the benefit of all of our players worldwide. Full details will be announced in the coming days.

It is evident from the regular updates to our calendar with over 40 different countries already signed up for the 2020 season, that we have the full support of our members worldwide. This system is being developed by the WDF, on behalf of the nations that form the WDF.

All of the information that you require will be published as soon as it is available. We can reassure you that it would be beneficial to compete on the WDF circuit, with additional incentives soon to be announced.

Our first senior tournament of the year is the Las Vegas Open (January 17-19), followed by ranking events in Australia, Iceland and Canada. In mainland Europe, the season begins with two of our premier weekends, the Romanian Darts Festival (January 24-26) followed by the iconic Dutch Open Darts.

For information on how to enter these events, please see our WDF calendar page.


https://www.dartswdf.com/2020/01/13/wdf-...-for-2020/
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Not sure what will be coming out in the next few days, but given all the happenings over at the BDO it wouldn't surprise me if last night was the last BDO World Championship and going forward the WDF will run their own WC maybe in conjunction with someone like the NDB.
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Potentially good news, depending how they brand it. If they market it as amateur then great but otherwise same problem with a different name. At least they should be able to run a tournament.
Mack The Knife
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(01-13-2020, 06:21 PM)Mack Wrote: Potentially good news, depending how they brand it. If they market it as amateur then great but otherwise same problem with a different name. At least they should be able to run a tournament.

Amateur? Why? That wasnt the problem with the BDO. BDO players are professionals. It was management screw ups. The BDO worlds were great to watch but Im a darts fan. Not just a top 30 darts fan.
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Sorry, they just are not as a whole. There would be the odd exception, but Mitchell, Waited and Durrant until he switched had jobs. The Prize money in the BDO can not sustain a professional career, just look at the BDO prize pot, it was so top heavy. And I can't think of a sport that tries to pay part timers professional pay. This is not talking about the quality, but the financial reality.
Mack The Knife
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(01-14-2020, 06:11 AM)big daddy Wrote: Amateur? Why? That wasnt the problem with the BDO. BDO players are professionals. It was management screw ups. The BDO worlds were great to watch but Im a darts fan. Not just a top 30 darts fan.
It's not about the attitude of the players; as long as your activity doesn't produce enough income so you don't need another job, you are not a professional. You may call yourself whatever you want, passionate, dedicated, but you are an amateur. And there is no pejorative connotation to it.
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(01-14-2020, 12:49 PM)MMA Wrote:
(01-14-2020, 06:11 AM)big daddy Wrote: Amateur? Why? That wasnt the problem with the BDO. BDO players are professionals. It was management screw ups. The BDO worlds were great to watch but Im a darts fan. Not just a top 30 darts fan.
It's not about the attitude of the players; as long as your activity doesn't produce enough income so you don't need another job, you are not a professional. You may call yourself whatever you want, passionate, dedicated, but you are an amateur. And there is no pejorative connotation to it.

Exactly, Durrant may not have been the best example as he was winning £100k at the Worlds each year. Waites and Mitchell are two that spring to mind. I would say they are two of the best players in the BDO system, but they are happy to have other jobs and not be full time darts players. I may be frustrated by that as Waites to my mind could have been so much better that he was, mind you he did OK, but it's his decision.
Mack The Knife
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That's why this side of the divide is needed in my mind.

Scott Waites has made a decent living from darts without turning pro. He didn't want the hassle that turning pro brings and he's happier for it. The same goes for Scott Mitchell.

It's easy to say you have the talent to play on the PDC tour so you should do it - it's a whole different thing when the majority of your income comes from how well you do on the tour itself. Why put yourself through that when you can enjoy your darts, win the odd tournament, and still take home a decent wage every month. It's the exact reason why Glen Durrant took 3 Championship wins before making the crossover.
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The problem was the BDO was subsidising this for many years as the events, with the possible exception of Lakeside were loss making.
Mack The Knife
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https://www.dartswdf.com/2020/01/17/wdf-...-for-2020/

Should the forum have a new section for WDF?
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No to a new section for the WDF - just post their events/info in this room as is done now. We might change the name of the room though depending on what transpires with the BDO in the next week or two.
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Just seen this on facebook.

England Statement concerning WDF.
17/01/2020.

Hi All,

Today the WDF announces a new ranking system for the 2020 season. We were advised at the World Darts Federation conference in Romania during the World Cup (October 2019) that they had been obtaining opinions and information to create put in place a fit for purpose, new and improved system, with the countries being consulted before the announcement in January 2020.

In essence, the new system will be split into three groups Gold, Silver and Bronze events, the Bronze events will receive 45 points to the winner in the new systems ranking table, and the Silver events will receive 90 points along with an invitation into the new WDF World Masters for the winner and runner-up. The Gold event's winner will receive 180 points, however, the winner will get a direct entry into the WDF World Championships Grand Finals, with the runner-up and two semi-finalists qualifying for the WDF World Masters. The points are also pro-rata in each section down the events.

There will 10 regional tables each with two direct qualifiers into the WDF World Championships one of which will be the UK regional table.

As the only recognised representatives from the sport of darts in England within the World Darts Federation, and the changing landscape of darts, we are commissioned by you the members to protect the interests of our company, The England Darts Organisation Ltd.

England Darts has no control in whatever is going on with other darting organisations or their perceived problems, and as such, we have to identify what is in the best interests of the company moving forward, along with protecting its members, events and corporate partners, to successfully move forward.

We were faced with a situation in mid-December, where we had to make a decision on whether to expand our involvement in the World Darts Federation or just remain in the BDO system. This increased involvement within the World Darts Federation comes at a considerable financial cost; nevertheless, it will give our players a guarantee of a minimum of two Major TV events in 2020, it will also encourage our darting fraternity to support England events, the lifeblood of our company.

We have received a letter today from the BDO saying everything is in hand for the forthcoming season, and it is not for us to dispute any of the contents of the letter, however, the reality over the last few months hardly filled us with confidence, and the decision we had to make as I have already stated was 31st December. This stark reality of the situation was, we either applied to the WDF to include our events, and secure some sort of continuity of support for our events, and assure the players there is something at the end of the rainbow, or we didn’t in the hope that the BDO can deliver a meaningful system for 2020. In the worst-case scenario if the BDO was to fail then all our events would be unranked, and as such both us as organisers, and speaking with our sponsors and partners, not a situation we could gamble on taking. We are already contracted up and until 30th September 2020 that our events are BDO ranked, so including the WDF system is the safety net we felt was appropriate.

The good news is that the England Open in June will be sanctioned as a “Gold” Ranked event, with the winner of both the Men's and Ladies Titles getting a direct entry into the WDF World Championships Grand Finals in December (actual date to be confirmed). The England Master, National Singles and Classic will all be Silver ranked with qualification into the WDF World Masters. We will be looking to expand all our major events into Gold, including the Isle of Man, but time has been against us delivering this, as budgets have already been agreed for our events for 2020.

I must assure all our members that the decisions we have taken are not political, we hope the BDO is able to weather the storm and fulfill its obligations to a full Invitation table and the TV events they currently run and are able to be successful during 2020, the decisions we made are purely in the best interests of our company England.

Yours Faithfully
Tommy Thompson
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I wouldn't be surprised if the new World Championship event in early December is held somewhere like the Hotel Zuiderduin in the Netherlands. The Finder Masters was held there early December until Finder pulled the sponsorship and the event stopped - the players liked the venue and the evnt always seemed to run well.
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(01-17-2020, 02:33 PM)mc1958 Wrote: I wouldn't be surprised if the new World Championship event in early December is held somewhere like the Hotel Zuiderduin in the Netherlands.  The Finder Masters was held there early December until Finder pulled the sponsorship and the event stopped - the players liked the venue and the evnt always seemed to run well.

Can see it being there too.
Would it be better to have the same venue each year or have it move around?
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For the World Championship I would say keep the same venue each year to give it an identity similar to what the BDO had with the Lakeside or the PDC have with Ally Pally. Also it would give some sort of continuity as far as tv coverage is concerned.
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