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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 £5.95 per month or £60 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.

Players are placed in one of three grades: Below 54avg, 54-63.9 avg. or 64+ avg. Your average will be determined by the GDL team based on information you provide about your online darts presence.

All GDL Online World Tour matches are best of ‘x’ legs except for the World Championships, which will be set play, and all legs start at 501.

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 app, 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. If the game is not played in this time period, players must give reason to GDL admin via email on If a player does not respond in good time to their opponent, then a support ticket must be created, with evidence of communication not being received. All league matches must be played. No league walkovers are given for any reason.

If you do not play a GDL league match for 21 consecutive days, we will remove you from your league 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. 

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. There are very few reasons for it to be considered acceptable to not contact your opponent in advance should anything change.

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.

Matches must be played on an appropriate scoring website/app such as or 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 board, 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.

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.

If a player has to unfortunately withdraw from their league division for whatever reason, all previous results for that player are removed, irrelevant of when they withdraw

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 are 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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