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GDL Guidelines

All players in the GDL are classed as equal. No player is any different regardless of their age, sex, race, sexuality, ability, or anything else. If you abuse another player for whatever reason, you will be banned from the GDL without refund. 

The nominal fee for being a GDL Tour Card Holder is £9.95 per month or £99 per year. This is payable in advance every month for monthly subscriptions and the anniversary of the first annual payment. You are paying to have a tour card. You do not pay entry to any of the qualifiers or majors. You must have an ‘active’ membership to be eligible to play in the GDL. Cancellation of membership results in immediate removal from the GDL.

Players are placed in one of five grades: Below 44avg, 44-52 avg, 52-60 avg, 60-68 avg or 68+ avg. Your average will be determined by the GDL team based on information you provide about your online darts presence and your time with a GDL mentor.

All GDL Online World Tour matches are leg play except for the World Championships, which will be set play, and all legs start at 501 (unless otherwise stated).

Players MUST confirm their entry to each qualifier and league season as they see fit by filling the relevant opt-in form on the website.

Players will be advised that the draws are ready to be viewed by way of social media posts or by a notification on the GDL app.

Once the draw is available, players can get in touch with each other by any means of communication that are available to them including the GDL messaging service, Twitter, Facebook etc. Contact details will be on player profiles. To view your opponent’s player profile, click on their name in the draw bracket. If there are no contact details, please submit a support ticket and we will give you the details and update that player profile asap.

All players will be advised of deadlines that the match must be played by. The formats of games and tournaments will be available on the relevant hub for the tournament. To get to the hub, find the link in the menu.

If you want to play games late

IMPORTANT: This needs to be done before the deadline of the current round.
  1. Please ask your current opponent if they agree to playing this round late.
  2. Ask your current opponent that, should they win the game against you, they agree to play the next game before the deadline of the next round.
  3. Ask your next opponent if they agree to having their window to play the next round shortened.
  4. Please provide a date and time of when you’re hoping to play your late match.
  5. Please send screenshots of all your conversations with your current and next round opponent(s) when you’ve spoken to them.
If these five steps are all completed satisfactorily then you can play the game late, otherwise we’ll have to explore other avenues.

Order of Merit points are only awarded to players in matches which they complete. For example, a player receiving a bye and then withdrawing themselves will not receive Order of Merit points for the bye.

All league matches must be played. No league walkovers are given for any reason.

It is very important that league matches are played in line with the schedule. If a player does not raise a support ticket providing information as to why they’re behind, they may be refused entry to any tour event or Majors until they are up to date, this may include being withdrawn from ongoing tour events or Majors. 

Being timed out or withdrawing in the final  7 days of a League season will result in refusal of entry to the next Tour event, GDL Major or Plate competition. This can include players who do not finish all games in a League season.

If you do not play a league game in the first 14 days of any league phase or 2 games within the first 21 days of any league phase, we will remove you from your division due to the issues caused by players being late playing games. If any player is removed from a league at any stage during the season, the player’s results will become null and void, as if the player was not ever part of the division. 

If you do not play a GDL match at all for 90 consecutive days and your membership subscription has ceased, you will lose any and all ranking points that you have accrued. If you manually cancel your membership subscription, you will lose any and all ranking points that you have accrued and be removed from any competitions that you have entered.

If a player voluntarily leaves their league, there is a £20 admin fee to cover the work required in removing a player’s fixtures and results.

Please show respect for your opponent before, during, and after your game. Communicate with each other. If you’re going to be late or can’t make it, tell your opponent and politely advise of the situation. A minimum of 1 hour’s notice is required to cancel a match unless there is a specific urgent reason to do so. Multiple instances of this happening could lead to you being withdrawn from the competition. There are very few reasons for it to be considered acceptable to not contact your opponent in advance should anything change.

Matches must be played on an appropriate scoring website/app. and are our approved scoring sites. this needs to be agreed upon by the players. Each match must be played on camera by a video call or using the cam function on the scoring websites.

Both players must be satisfied with the quality of the view of their opponent’s board before the match starts. If you are not happy with the view, you have the right to A) ask for a better view and B) if the opponent refuses or is unable to provide a better view, refuse to play the game. If there are any issues, raise a ticket. Some players may wish to record the match in case of any issues. You do not have to tell your opponent you’re recording the match.

Be aware that some people might only have their living room to put their board up, for example, so a little bit of background noise can’t be helped sometimes. If there is too much noise going on in your opinion, you have the right to A) ask your opponent to reduce the noise, turn the music down etc. or B) refuse to play the game until things are to your liking. We hope and believe, however, that this type of thing will be rare within the GDL.

Having said this, it is important that you keep your noise down as much as possible. No loud music in the background, no talking on your opponent’s throw, no banging and crashing about.

Multiple instances of being disrespectful will result in being removed from the GDL without refund.

It’s all about respect. We’re all decent adults in the GDL, so please respect each other.

The match will begin with a bull-up. The player that created the match will throw first for the bull. Only 25 and 50 count and if the players score the same, then they throw again, with the other player throwing first for the bull.

During the match, the process for each turn must be as follows:
1. Throw the darts
2. Call out score
3. Enter score
4. Retrieve darts

If there are any big trebles or winning doubles hit, be sure to make it clear that the dart is in the declared section of the board.

Either player can ask respectfully for their opponent to give a clearer view of the darts in the board and the player that threw the darts must oblige by making it clear the dart is in the section declared. Either push/pull the dart away from the wire or move the camera closer to the board.

The request to see the darts must be made before the score is entered on the match. The throwing player must be aware that their opponent has the right to ask to see a clearer view and, as such, must not rush to take their darts out of the board and must follow the process outlined above.

Standard rules apply for winning a leg.

When the match is completed, the winner must take a full screenshot of the result, including ALL stats and go to or click the results button on the hub page.

Note that ANY match played to the incorrect format will be rejected and the match will need to be played again from 0-0.

This could lead to BOTH players timing out of tour matches if the match isn’t fulfilled before the deadline.

Leagues Group 1
Champion: 1500
Runner-up: 1350
Play-off semi-finalists: 1275
5th place: 1230
6th place: 1200
Phase 2 Group topper bonus: 150

Leagues Group 2
Champion: 1050
Runner-up: 900
Play-off semi-finalists: 825
5th place: 780
6th place: 750
Phase 2 Group topper bonus: 150

Leagues Group 3
Champion: 600
Runner-up: 450
Play-off semi-finalists: 375
5th place: 330
6th place: 300
Phase 2 Group topper bonus: 150

Leagues Group 4
Champion: 125
Runner-up: 100
Play-off semi-finalists: 75
5th place: 50
6th place: 25
Phase 2 Group topper bonus: 150

League Cup

Champion: 350
Runner-up: 175
Semi-finalists: 100
Quarter-finalists: 50
Last 16: 25
Last 32: 10
Tour Events
Champion: 2000
Runner-up: 1000
Semi-finalists: 500
Quarter-finalists: 250
Last 16: 125
Last 32: 50
Last 64: 25
Last 128: 10
Champion: 8000
Runner-up: 4000
Semi-finalists: 2000
Quarter-finalists: 1000
Last 16: 750
Last 32: 500
Last 64: 350
Last 128: 200
Champion: 200
Runner-up: 100
Semi-finalists: 50
Quarter-finalists: 25
Last 16: 10
Last 32: 5
Carrying over of ranking points between Majors:

Players who are identified for moving UP a grade by the GDL between Majors will receive the following amount of points towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for their new grades, depending on when in the year they move UP:

Pre-first Major of the year: 150pts

If moved after the first Major of the year, you will receive 100pts less than the player sat in the last automatic qualifying position for the given Grade. ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade.

This has been calculated so that players moving UP a grade aren’t punished too harshly for improving their game but also so that players that are remaining in the same grade aren’t too harshly punished for new players joining the grade.

Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade.

Carrying over of ranking points between Tour Events:

Should a player reach a standard far greater* than their current grade DURING the qualifiers (Tour events) for a major, they will be moved up a grade. The following actions will then take place:

1. Accumulated OoM points will be carried over towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for the new grade, up to a maximum of the limit listed on the “Carrying over of Ranking Points (between Majors)” section for the previous Major

2. Player moving up a grade starts in the new grade with either 50pts less than the player sat in the last position for the given Major race or 5pts, whichever is highest (for all except the World Championships, which is 100pts less unless moved before the first Major)

3. The player has the chance to qualify for the new grade Major. Qualification is confirmed by achieving one of the following:

     3.1 Player finishes in the automatic places of the ‘Race for the Major’ in the new grade. The player would qualify for the new grade Major as normal, in this situation.

     3.2 Player finishes outside the automatic qualification places for the new Grade, but 3month 3DA is still greater than the grade they came from. The player would qualify as a ‘Prelim’ player for the new Grade in this case and play the player in the last automatic qualification place in a preliminary match.**

4. The player moving up a grade will be eligible for the Major of the grade they just came from, if they finish outside of the automatic qualification for the new Grade and their 3month 3DA falls below the lower boundary for their new Grade. They will be seeded above any players who haven’t yet been moved up a grade, in order of ranking points accrued before they moved up.

5. ALL points earned in the previous grade will still count towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for that grade (but see ‘Eligibility to the World Championships’)

*standard far greater = must have reached the quarter-final or better in a qualifier and be consistently 5% better than the grade boundary average (can include GDL League/League 3DA data too)

**If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM

Players who are identified for moving DOWN a grade by the GDL between qualifiers will carry ALL points towards the ‘Race of the Worlds’ and Major for the new grade. None of these points will count towards the previous grade.

Eligibility to the World Championships:

***Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season becomes ineligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their 3-month rolling GDL 3-dart average stays above the 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

Any player who is moved UP a grade during the season remains eligible for the World Championship of the grade they moved from if their GDL 3-dart average falls below the 3-dart average threshold for the grade they came from.

Players are eligible for one Grade World Championship only, the highest Grade that they qualify for.

Those who have moved UP a grade and deemed too good*** to qualify for the Worlds of the grade that they came from BUT failed to finish inside the automatic qualification places of the new grade, are entitled to play a preliminary round at the Worlds for their new grade. The preliminary round will be against the player ranked in the last qualification place in the ‘Race to the Worlds’ OoM. If more than one player qualifies via these methods, the prelim matches will be against the next player up on the OoM.

It is expected that your board view is clear and close up enough for your opponent to see the segments properly.

Below is an example of 2 good boards.

Players must have a microphone enabled in order for their opponent to hear them and they must not have their volume so loud that their opponent has feedback on the sound.

We hope there are no issues between players but if there are, you must raise a support ticket.

We are all adults here and most issues can be resolved with mediation.

Any decision made by the GDL is full and final. 

DO NOT GO SHOUTING ON SOCIALS ABOUT ISSUES YOU HAVE HAD before trying to work it out between us. Let’s sort it out sensibly.


Use of illegal substances is strictly prohibited. Anyone found to be using them during a GDL match or admitting to using them before the game to enhance performance will be given an immediate ban from all GDL competitions indefinitely.

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