Qualification criteria announced for 2021 WDF World Masters
With the global uncertainty of grass roots darts due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, there hasn't been much news regarding the resumption of tournaments but the WDF have now announced their qualification criteria for the 2021 WDF World Masters.
The prestigious tournament is set to be relaunched later this year at the Bonte Wever in Assen, the home of the Dutch Open after the demise of the BDO.
Players can qualify off the WDF World Rankings with the top 64 from the main tables getting a spot in the tournament alongside the top 16 regional from UK/Ireland, East, North and West Europe as well as Asia.
Australia, Canada, New Zealand & USA will claim spots through the top eight of their regional table.
As has previously been revealed, the WDF have utilised a Platinum/Gold, Silver and Bronze scheme for their tournaments. This sees for the former, the champions, finalists and semi-finalists all qualify.
Silver sees the champions and finalists while Bronze just the Champions while the 2019 September-December which was the period towards the end of the BDO is catered for with the Champions of those formally ranked BDO events claiming spots.
The WDF World Cup winners, silver and bronze medallists in Singles, Pairs, Teams and Overall will all also claim a spot as will the Virtual Cup champions from 2020.
While the interesting part of the criteria comes from the fact all former World Champions and World Masters winners are invited.
Bob Anderson tweeted at the time of the announcement asking if the likes of John Lowe, Keith Deller, John Part, Phil Taylor, Dave Whitcombe and Mark Dudbridge fancied it alongside him.
Additional invites will also be handed out through various barometers such as World Cup participation, tournaments held and membership level.
WDF Ranking Tables
- World Rankings (Main Tables) – Top 64
- Regional (UK/Ireland, East Europe, North Europe, West Europe & Asia) – Top 16
- Regional (Australia, Canada, New Zealand & USA) – Top 8
WDF Ranked Tournaments
- Platinum/Gold – Champions, Finalists & Semi Finalists
- Silver – Champions & Finalists
- Bronze – Champions
- 2019 (Sep-Dec) – Champions
- WDF World Cup 2021 – all Gold, Silver & Bronze medal winners (Singles, Pairs, Team & Overall)
- WDF Virtual Cup 2020 – all Champions (Singles & Team)
WDF Major Champions
- World Championship – all former Champions
- World Masters – all former Champions
WDF Member Countries – Additional Invitations
(number of invitations for each country based on the following)
- Current WDF Membership Level
- WDF World Cup Participation 2019
- Ranking Tournaments Hosted 2020/21
- Grading of Ranking Tournaments 2020/21