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The DartsMad GDL Matchplay


Please read the guidelines fully before continuing. If you ask questions to which the answers are in the guidelines, you might not get a response from the team.

The GDL Matchplay is a knockout tournament that any GDL Tour Card Holder can attempt to qualify for. There are 4 qualifying events between April 10th and the start of the Matchplay finals, which is Saturday 26th June. 

The qualifying events give players the chance to either automatically qualify or earn enough Order of Merit (OOM) points to be one of the OOM qualifiers.

The winner of each qualifier will be given an automatic spot in the open and will be seeded 1-4 based on their overall average throughout the 4 qualifiers and the remaining 28 places will be given to the top 28 players on the order of merit.

Players who win an automatic spot to the major are encouraged to play the other qualifiers still, as there are ranking points available for all events that will lead up to the GDL World Championships at the end of the year. 

If an automatically qualified player wins another qualifier, there will be another spot added to the OOM qualifying list.

Ranking Points

Ranking points will be awarded to players who play each event. The points are shown below and apply to all grades in the same way.


Round Points
Losing Semi-Finalists
Losing Quarter-Finalists
Last 16 Losers
Last 32 Losers
Last 64 Losers
Last 128 (prelim) Losers
Last 256 (prelim) Losers


Round Points
Losing Semi-Finalists
Losing Quarter-Finalists
Last 16 Losers
Last 32 Losers

Carrying over of Ranking Points

Players who are identified for moving UP a grade by the GDL will receive the following amount of points towards the ‘Race to the Worlds’ for their new grades, depending 

on which point in the year they move UP:

  • Moved UP after the Open: 600 pts carried to the new grade
  • Moved UP after the Matchplay: TBD pts carried to the new grade
  • Moved UP after the Grand Prix: TBD pts carried to the new 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.

Players are entitled to play at any World Championships that they qualify for.


As you should be aware by now, there are three different grades of ability on the GDL Tour. These are:

64+ avg.

54-63.99 avg.

below 54 avg.

Each grade has its own qualifiers and its own majors. A 48avg. player won’t be facing a 78avg. player.

The qualifying event matches are all the same length. These are as follows:

64+ avg. Best of 11 legs of 501.

54-63.99 avg. Best of 9 legs of 501.

below 54 avg. Best of 7 legs of 501.

The Draw

The draws for each qualifying event will be made the day before each event is due to start. Once the draw is made, players can play their games immediately and have up to three days from the start of the event to complete their first game.

When the draw has been made, we will create the competition brackets on the website and you’ll be able to find them via the links below. If there are no links below, then that means the brackets have not been created yet, but will be when the draw has been made.

Matchplay Q1!

L128 – Tuesday 13th April
L64 – Thursday 15th April
L32 – Saturday 17th April
L16 – Monday 19th April
QF – Wednesday 21st April
SF – Thursday 22nd April

Final – Friday 23rd April

Please respect your opponents and begin arranging as soon as possible. If you have valid reason for requiring an extension to a deadline, this MUST be agreed with the GDL PRIOR the deadlines via a support ticket:

Click on the bracket buttons below to view the draws:

The Open Finals!

L32 – 31st March
L16 – 3rd April
QF (all being streamed) 4th-6th April
SF (all being streamed) 7th and 8th April
Final (all being streamed) 9th April

Match formats




The Open Plate!

L64 – 29th March
L32 – 31st March
L16 – 3rd April
QF – 6th April
SF – 8th April
Final – 9th April
Match Formats:
Grade 5 – BO11 every round
Grade 4 – BO9 every round
Grade 3 – BO9 every round
Grade 2 – BO7 every round
Grade 1 – BO7 every round

Prize Money (Majors)

Cash prizes are available for reaching the last 8 of the major and beyond. The prize breakdown is as follows:

Quarter finalists: £50

Semi finalists: £100

Runner-up: £200

Winner: £400

This is the same throughout the grades.

When the match is completed, the winner must take a full screenshot of the result, including stats and go to the results page to submit the result

If you are playing on WDA, you must make a note of your first 9 average and email This is because WDA doesn’t provide that data in the match summary.

We would prefer that you do not use dartconnect for your games, purely because it is difficult to obtain the stats from DC games.

Have a question? Check the guidelines and this page first.

We are a very small team. Smaller than you can imagine given the size of the operation (Our stats man is only 5’3″!). So we cannot deal with questions that have answers available on this website. Please search around for the answer before messaging us.

Sponsors' discount codes

Use these discount codes at our GDL Partners to get a discount off their products:

A180 Darts: variable discount amount. Code GDL

Double Trouble Drinks: 10% discount. Code GDL10

CG Sports Wear: 5% off your order. Code GDLShirt

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