Dart Leagues in the World
there are many famous dart leagues all over the world, such as World Darts Federation (WDF),Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), British Darts Organization(BDO),etc.
The World Darts Federation (WDF) which is one of a famous dart leagues was formed in 1976, by representatives of fourteen (14) nations. Membership is open to the official National organizing body for Darts in all nations. Incorporated in the USA, as a world-wide federation of darts bodies, 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 non-political, non-racial and non-profit making organization dedicated toward achieving and maintaining the highest possible standard of presentation and organization, around the world.
The British Darts Organization is another famous dart leagues, or the BDO for short, is a darts organization. It was founded on 7 January 1973 by Olly Croft, OBE in the front room of his home in Muswell Hill. The BDO is a founder member of the World Darts Federation which was formed in 1976.
The BDO comprises 64 member counties in Britain and organizes tournaments for grass roots players right the way up to professional level.
The BDO set the rules which govern the game of darts, including the size of the throwing oche (2.37m / 7ft 9 ¼ inches) and the height and dimensions of the board. The BDO organized the first World Professional Darts Championship in 1978, known for many years as The Embassy - due to its sponsorship by Imperial Tobacco. It is now known as the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship - or Lakeside for short.
The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) is a professional darts organization, established in the United Kingdom during 1992, when a group of leading professional players split from the officially-recognized British Darts Organization. Barry Hearn, a long-time established sports promoter, is its current chairman.
The PDC developed and holds several championship competitions including its own annual World Professional Darts Championship. It also runs its own world rankings based on players' performances. The PDC has various ranking competitions that are held in the annual calendar such as the UK Open, Las Vegas Desert Classic, World Match play and the World Championship held at the Alexandra Palace, London.
The International Dart Players Association (IDPA) was inaugurated in 1994 and is an independent darts body that is officially recognized by the World Darts Federation and all it’s National Governing Bodies and consists of players of both sexes from around the world.
Since it’s conception the IDPA has created a forum for discussion and co-operation between all players and darts governing bodies of the WDF. The forum that has been created plays an important and essential role in the sport of darts and has proved have become of great benefit and assistance to all dart players.
Besides these four famous dart leagues, there are various darts leagues in every city where darts are played, which offers current standings, tournament listings and local dart information.