This is the field of participants for the 2023 World Matchplay headlined by Michael Smith, defending champion Van Gerwen and Price

The field of participants for the thirtieth edition of the World Matchplay is known for the 15-23 July which was confirmed after the European Darts Matchplay.

The seeding list at the World Matchplay will be headed by Michael Smith, the current world champion and world number one. Gerwyn Price, as the fourth series head, will end up in the same half of play as Smith.

On the other side of the tournament schedule are Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen, with the latter the defending champion.

Raymond van Barneveld has qualified for the World Matchplay via the Pro Tour rankings. That does mean that the 56-year-old will be paired with one of the top-16 seeded players in the draw. For Van Barneveld, by the way, it will be his first participation in Blackpool since 2018.

Former champion Gary Anderson is also another dangerous floater in the draw on his return to the WInter Gardens after a superb first half of the year.

Through the Pro Tour Order of Merit, Mike de Decker and Josh Rock are the debutants this year, with many including Ricardo Pietrezcko and Gian van Veen just falling short. This will be the least number of debutants in some time.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion at the World Matchplay. He captured his third title in Blackpool last year by defeating Gerwyn Price 18-14.

World Matchplay 2023 participant field

Top-16 PDC Order of Merit

1. Michael Smith

2. Peter Wright

3. Michael van Gerwen

4. Gerwyn Price

5. Rob Cross

6. Luke Humphries

7. Jonny Clayton

8. Danny Noppert

9. Nathan Aspinall

10. Dimitri van den Bergh

11. Dirk van Duijvenbode

12. Dave Chisnall

13. Joe Cullen

14. Damon Heta

15. Ryan Searle

16. James Wade

Pro Tour Qualifiers

Josh Rock

Martin Schindler

Ross Smith

Krzysztof Ratajski

Jose de Sousa

Andrew Gilding

Gary Anderson

Stephen Bunting

Gabriel Clemens

Chris Dobey

Raymond van Barneveld

Daryl Gurney

Mike de Decker

Steve Beaton

Brendan Dolan

Kim Huybrechts

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