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2021 WDF World Masters, plus Lakeside Qualifiers and World Open

The World Darts Federation and Nederlandse Darts Bond are happy to announce further details for the WDF World Masters, staged at the Bonte Wever in Assen from Thursday 2nd December. The new World Open has been introduced to what is sure to be a fiveday festival of darts, with the Lakeside WDF World Championship qualification tournament taking place on Monday 6th December.

The 'Silver' graded World Open will be the last WDF ranked open event before the end of season cut off. An exciting finale is now guaranteed for all those involved in the WDF World Masters and the race to reach January's Lakeside World Championships.

Following the completion of the WDF World Masters, the Lakeside Men's and Women's invitation list will be finalised. The World Championship qualifying competition can then take place, with the opportunity for 4 Men and 2 Women to win their ticket to the 'Home of World Darts', the Lakeside.

World Masters Qualification

The full WDF World Masters qualification criteria was released in February and can be seen again via the following links:

Qualification Criteria Announcement HERE
Detailed Men & Women HERE
Detailed Boys & Girls HERE

The following cut off dates have been set for WDF World Masters qualification:

Monday 4th October 2021 is the initial cut-off date based on any of the qualification criteria (so as to confirm those players that have already qualified and to enable member countries the opportunity to arrange/confirm their own additional qualifiers if required).

Monday 1st November 2021 is the date by which member nations should submit their invitations (unless an extension for qualifiers/selection has been requested and authorised by the WDF).

Monday 29th November 2021 is the final cut-off date, via the WDF rankings tables and tournaments (should any new players qualify via the final ranking tables/tournaments within that Oct/Nov period, they will be given the option to defer their World Masters invitation to 2022).

World Masters qualifiers will be contacted directly by the World Darts Federation or their National organisation.

WDF World Masters 2021

Men & Women

  • All players will start the tournament in the first round group stage on Thursday 2nd December (group sizes will be determined by the total number of registered entries prior to the draw).
  • Each group will feature one seeded player, based on the main WDF World Rankings table on Monday 29th November.
  • The top two players in each group progress to the knockout stages, played on Friday 3rd December.
  • The World Masters final stage schedule and format for Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th will be confirmed in due course.

Boys & Girls

  • The World Masters group and knockout stages will be played on Saturday 4th December.
  • The group stages will be played under the same rules as stated above for Men & Women.

Disability Darts

For all information relating to the World ParaDarts Masters, please visit

WDF World Open 2021

  • A new 'Silver' graded WDF ranked World Open tournament will take place alongside the World Masters on Friday 3rd (boys & girls), Saturday 4th (men) and Sunday 5th (women).
  • Entry cost is €25 for seniors, €10 for youth and is open to ALL players (including non-World Masters qualifiers). Registration begins on 1st September 2021.

Lakeside World Championship Qualifying Tournament

  • The World Championship qualification tournaments will be played in the traditional knockout format.  Rules can be viewed in detail HERE

Sunday 5th December

BOYS (4 qualify)
GIRLS (2 qualify)

  • The Youth World Championship Qualification Tournaments are free and exclusive to the players that qualify for the WDF World Masters only.

Monday 6th December

MEN (4 qualify)
WOMEN (2 qualify)

  • All players that qualify for the World Masters will be given free automatic entry into the World Championship play-offs.
  • Men and Women that have not qualified for the World Masters may still take part in the World Championship qualification tournament, at the entry cost of €50. Registration begins 1st September 2021.

Hotel and Ticket Information

It will be possible to purchase tickets and to book rooms directly with the Bonte Wever Hotel from September 1st. Various packages will be made available exclusive to this event and shared via the NDB and WDF websites in due course.

Please note that all WDF tournament plans are subject to change, due to the ongoing COVID-19 related national and international restrictions. Please ensure to follow our recommendations HERE

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