PDC World Cup of Darts
Tournament information
VenueEissporthalle Frankfurt
LocationFrankfurt
CountryGermany
Established2010
Organisation(s)PDC
FormatTeam event
Prize fund£350,000
Month(s) PlayedDecember (2010)
February (2012–13)
November (2020)
September (2021)
June (2014–19; 2022)
Current champion(s)
 Australia

The PDC World Cup of Darts is a team darts tournament organised by the Professional Darts Corporation, and was one of the three new tournaments introduced into the PDC calendar in 2010. It is broadcast live by Sky Sports.[1] Due to the rescheduling of the Players Championship Finals in the PDC calendar, the second edition was played in Hamburg, Germany in February 2012.[2] In 2015, the event took place the Eissporthalle Frankfurt,[3] where it stayed until returning to Hamburg in 2019 when it moved to the Barclaycard Arena. In 2020, the event was held at the Salzburgarena in Salzburg, Austria, and in 2021, it returned to Germany, this time in the Sparkassen-Arena, Jena, and in 2022, it will return to Frankfurt once more.

The competition succeeded the Jocky Wilson Cup; a one-off international match between England and Scotland held in Glasgow on 5 December 2009. England defeated Scotland by 6 points to 0.

Background

In October 2009, PDC chairman Barry Hearn announced his intention to buy the British Darts Organisation and inject £2 million into amateur darts, but the BDO decided not to accept the offer. In a statement, Hearn stated "The aim of our offer to the BDO was to unify the sport of darts and this remains our long-term objective despite the decision by the BDO County Associations"[4] The Jocky Wilson Cup was held in December.

But following the BDO's rejection, the PDC went on to arrange three brand new tournaments for 2010 to help the development of youth and women's darts: the PDC Under-21 World Championship, the PDC Women's World Championship, and the PDC World Cup of Darts.[1]

Format

See also: List of PDC World Cup of Darts teams

In the first 3 competitions (held in 2010, 2012 and 2013), the participating teams were the top 24 countries in the PDC Order of Merit at the end of October after the 2010 World Grand Prix. Each nation's top ranked player was then joined by the second highest player of that country. For seeding, the average rank of both was used.

The top 8 nations automatically started in the second round (last 16). The other 16 nations played in the first round. Matches were best of 11 legs in doubles, and the losing team threw first in the next leg. The winners of the first round played the top eight ranked teams in the second round, also in best of 11 doubles.

In 2010, the winners of the second round were drawn into two groups of four (A & B). Each team played each other once (three matches per team). Each match consisted of two singles and one doubles – all over best of five legs. 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win, with all points counting towards the overall league table. The top two teams in each group advanced to the semi-finals.

The semi-finals consisted of four singles games and one doubles game (if required) per match – all over best of 11 legs. Again, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the match score is 3–3 at the end of the games, then a sudden-death doubles leg would decide who goes through to the final.

The final was the same format as the semi-final, but each game was best of 15 legs.[5]

In 2012, the first round format remained the same, with the exception being that the matches were best of 9 doubles. The second round had games where each match consisted of two singles and one doubles – over best of seven legs in singles, and best of 9 legs in doubles. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 2–2, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner. The format was the same for the quarter-finals, with the exception that the doubles matches were best of 7 legs, like the singles.

In the semi-finals, games had each match consisting of four singles and one doubles match – over best of seven legs. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 3–3, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner. In the final, the match consisted of four singles and one doubles match – over best of 13 legs. As before, 1 point was awarded for a singles win, and 2 points for a doubles win. If the score was tied 3–3, then a sudden death doubles leg took place to determine the winner.

In 2013, a new format was created. The 24 teams were put into groups of 3, which each contained one of the top 8 seeds, plus two other teams. The teams played each other in best of 9 doubles matches, with the top 2 in each group progressing to the last 16. The last 16 also used the same best of 9 doubles format.

In the quarter-finals onwards, the matches began with two best of 7 leg singles matches. If one team won both singles matches, they were declared the winner, if each team won one match each, a best of 7 doubles match would decide the winner. In the final, there would be four best of 7 leg singles matches (if needed), with a point for each win, with a 7 leg doubles decider, if the singles matches ended making the score 2–2.

In 2014 and 2015, the field extended to 32 teams, with the top 16 teams being seeded, and each playing a best of 9 doubles match to begin. After that, the format was the same as the later stages of the previous tournament with two best of 7 leg singles matches. If one team won both singles matches, they were declared the winner, if each team won one match each, a best of 7 doubles match would decide the winner. In the final, there would be four best of 7 leg singles matches (if needed), with a point for each win, with a 7 leg doubles decider, if the singles matches ended making the score 2–2. In 2015, the final was tweaked, so that the doubles match would be the third match.

The format has stayed the same ever since, with the only major change being in 2016, when only the top 8 teams were seeded, rather than the top 16.

Results by year

Year Winners Score[6] Runners-up Venue Prize money (team) Sponsors
Players Team Team Players Total Winners Runners-up
2010 Raymond van Barneveld
Co Stompé

Netherlands
4–2 (p)
Wales
Mark Webster
Barrie Bates
Rainton Meadows Arena
 England, Houghton-le-Spring
£150,000 £40,000 £20,000 Cash Converters
2012 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis

England
4–3 (p) dagger
Australia
Simon Whitlock
Paul Nicholson
Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
 Germany, Hamburg
2013[7] Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis

England
3–1
Belgium
Kim Huybrechts
Ronny Huybrechts
Betfair
2014[8] Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld

Netherlands
3–0
England
Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis
£200,000 Bwin
2015 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis

England
3–2
Scotland
Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
Eissporthalle
 Germany, Frankfurt
£250,000 £50,000 £26,000
2016 Phil Taylor
Adrian Lewis

England
3–2
Netherlands
Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld
Betway
2017 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld

Netherlands
3–1
Wales
Mark Webster
Gerwyn Price
£300,000 £60,000 £32,000
2018 Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld

Netherlands
3–1
Scotland
Gary Anderson
Peter Wright
2019 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright

Scotland
3–1
Ireland
Steve Lennon
William O'Connor
Barclaycard Arena
 Germany, Hamburg
£350,000 £70,000 £40,000 BetVictor
2020 Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton

Wales
3–0
England
Michael Smith
Rob Cross
Salzburgarena
 Austria, Salzburg
2021 Peter Wright
John Henderson

Scotland
3–1
Austria
Mensur Suljović
Rowby-John Rodriguez
Sparkassen-Arena
 Germany, Jena
Cazoo
2022 Damon Heta
Simon Whitlock

Australia
3–1
Wales
Gerwyn Price
Jonny Clayton
Eissporthalle
 Germany, Frankfurt

Records and statistics

As of 19 June 2022.

Individual appearances

As of the 2022 tournament, only 4 players have played in all 12 editions of the World Cup of Darts.

They are:

Total finalist appearances

Country

Country Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
England 4 2 6 12
Netherlands 4 1 5 12
Scotland 2 2 4 12
Wales 1 3 4 12
Australia 1 1 2 12
Belgium 0 1 1 12
Ireland 0 1 1 12
Austria 0 1 1 12

Team

Players Team Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis  England 4 1 5 6
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld  Netherlands 3 1 4 6
Gary Anderson and Peter Wright  Scotland 1 2 3 5
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton  Wales 1 1 2 5
Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock  Australia 1 0 1 3
Peter Wright and John Henderson  Scotland 1 0 1 2
Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé  Netherlands 1 0 1 1
Mensur Suljović and Rowby-John Rodriguez  Austria 0 1 1 7
Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson  Australia 0 1 1 5
Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts  Belgium 0 1 1 5
Steve Lennon and William O'Connor  Ireland 0 1 1 5
Mark Webster and Gerwyn Price  Wales 0 1 1 2
Michael Smith and Rob Cross  England 0 1 1 2
Mark Webster and Barrie Bates  Wales 0 1 1 1

Player

Player Team Won Runner-up Finals Appearances
Raymond van Barneveld  Netherlands 4 1 5 8
Adrian Lewis  England 4 1 5 6
Phil Taylor  England 4 1 5 6
Michael van Gerwen  Netherlands 3 1 4 9
Peter Wright  Scotland 2 2 4 8
Gary Anderson  Scotland 1 2 3 8
Gerwyn Price  Wales 1 2 3 7
Simon Whitlock  Australia 1 1 2 12
Jonny Clayton  Wales 1 1 2 5
John Henderson  Scotland 1 0 1 3
Damon Heta  Australia 1 0 1 3
Co Stompé  Netherlands 1 0 1 1
Mark Webster  Wales 0 2 2 7
William O'Connor  Ireland 0 1 1 12
Mensur Suljović  Austria 0 1 1 12
Kim Huybrechts  Belgium 0 1 1 12
Rowby-John Rodriguez  Austria 0 1 1 7
Ronny Huybrechts  Belgium 0 1 1 5
Paul Nicholson  Australia 0 1 1 5
Steve Lennon  Ireland 0 1 1 5
Rob Cross  England 0 1 1 3
Michael Smith  England 0 1 1 3
Barrie Bates  Wales 0 1 1 1

High averages

Team

Ten highest World Cup of Darts one-match team averages
Average Team Year (+ Round) Opponents Result
117.88 (WR) Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2014, Semi-finals Brendan Dolan and Mickey Mansell 4–0 (L)
111.33 Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Second round Darin Young and Larry Butler 4–0 (L)
109.33 Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, First round Karel Sedláček and František Humpula 5–1 (L)
109.31 Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock 2022, Quarter-finals Dimitri Van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts 4–0 (L)
108.41 Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson 2010, Group stage John Part and Ken MacNeil 3–1 (L)
107.77 Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2016, Quarter-finals Simon Whitlock and Kyle Anderson 4–3 (L)
105.48 Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts 2013, Semi-finals Jani Haavisto and Jarkko Komula 4–0 (L)
105.17 Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 2017, Quarter-finals Max Hopp and Martin Schindler 4–1 (L)
104.97 Krzysztof Ratajski and Krzysztof Kciuk 2021, First round Karel Sedláček and Adam Gawlas 5–2 (L)
103.93 Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton 2021, Semi-finals Peter Wright and John Henderson 3–4 (L)
Different teams with a 100+ match average (Updated 19/06/2022)
Team Total Highest Av. Year (+ Round)
Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld 6 117.88 2014, Semi-finals
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton 3 103.93 2021, Semi-finals
Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson 2 108.41 2010, Group stage
Kim Huybrechts and Ronny Huybrechts 2 105.48 2013, Semi-finals
Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock 1 109.31 2022, Quarter-finals
Krzysztof Ratajski and Krzysztof Kciuk 1 104.97 2021, First round
Karel Sedláček and Adam Gawlas 1 103.47 2021, First round
Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton 1 102.35 2010, Group stage
Gary Anderson and Peter Wright 1 101.55 2019, First round
Kim Huybrechts and Dimitri Van den Bergh 1 100.20 2018, Quarter-finals
Steve Lennon and William O'Connor 1 100.20 2019, Semi-finals
Gerwyn Price and Mark Webster 1 100.14 2017, First round

Individual

Ten highest World Cup of Darts one-match individual averages
Average Player Year (+ Round) Opponent Result
121.97 Kim Huybrechts 2017, Quarter-finals Paul Lim 4–1 (L)
117.88 Gerwyn Price 2022, Quarter-finals Martin Schindler 4–0 (L)
115.62 Ronny Huybrechts 2017, Second round John Michael 4–0 (L)
115.10 William O'Connor 2019, Second round Rob Cross 4–1 (L)
113.43 Phil Taylor 2015, Final Peter Wright 4–0 (L)
113.43 Mensur Suljović 2019, Second round Chuck Puleo 4–0 (L)
113.38 Raymond van Barneveld 2018, Semi-finals Dimitri Van den Bergh 4–2 (L)
111.33 Michael van Gerwen 2018, Final Gary Anderson 4–0 (L)
110.64 Dirk van Duijvenbode 2022, Second round Steve Lennon 4–1 (L)
110.29 Peter Wright 2019, Quarter-finals Dimitri Van den Bergh 4–2 (L)
Different players with a 100+ match average (Updated 19/06/2022)
Player Total Highest Av. Year (+ Round)
Phil Taylor 10 113.43 2015, Final
Raymond van Barneveld 10 113.38 2018, Semi-finals
Michael van Gerwen 10 111.33 2018, Final
Kim Huybrechts 8 121.97 2017, Quarter-finals
Simon Whitlock 7 107.77 2010, Semi-finals
Mensur Suljović 6 113.43 2019, Second round
Adrian Lewis 6 105.75 2013, Final
Gary Anderson 5 109.98 2010, Group stage
Gerwyn Price 4 117.88 2022, Quarter-finals
Peter Wright 4 110.29 2019, Quarter-finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh 3 107.54 2018, Semi-finals
Rob Cross 3 107.48 2018, Quarter-finals
Martin Schindler 2 110.00 2018, Quarter-finals
Robert Thornton 2 107.97 2014, Quarter-finals
Jonny Clayton 2 105.00 2020, Final
Mark Webster 2 104.11 2010, Final
Rowby-John Rodriguez 2 102.59 2016, Quarter-finals
Paul Lim 2 102.29 2018, Second round
Damon Heta 2 102.25 2020, Quarter-finals
Michael Smith 2 101.54 2020, Quarter-finals
Devon Petersen 2 101.52 2012, Quarter-finals
Ronny Huybrechts 1 115.62 2017, Second round
William O'Connor 1 115.10 2019, Second round
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1 110.64 2022, Second round
Richie Burnett 1 108.93 2012, Semi-finals
Dave Chisnall 1 104.73 2021, Semi-finals
James Wade 1 101.31 2021, Quarter-finals
Toni Alcinas 1 100.38 2010, Group stage
Ken MacNeil 1 100.27 2010, Group stage
Seigo Asada 1 100.16 2019, Semi-finals
Haruki Muramatsu 1 100.05 2013, Quarter-finals

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