The World Cup of Darts is set to return in June and this year's event is a revamped format with more teams and new nations coming to the party.
The team event, again set to be held in Germany this year, has been expanded from 32 to 40 sides and, in what is likely to be the most important change, countries will now only compete in a pairs format.
A group-stage round has been introduced into the tournament, with the qualifying teams moving onto a knockout competition.
The expansion to 40 teams will see Iceland, Ukraine and Bahrain make their World Cup debuts, while the Australian pair of Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock will be hoping to make a successful defense of the crown they claimed in Frankfurt last year.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2024 event...
The World Cup of Darts takes place between Thursday, June 15 to Sunday, June 18, 2023. The event is a key part of the PDC’s summer schedule.
The World Cup of Darts will be hosted in Frankfurt’s Eissporthalle, the same venue which hosted the competition on five occasions previously.
The tournament has taken place in Germany in all but two of its 12 editions, with the first event in 2010 taking place in England and the 2020 version in Salzburg, Austria.
This year's World Cup of Darts will be screened live on DAZN.
This will be the 13th staging of the competition since its inception in 2010.
The Netherlands duo of Co Stompe and Raymond van Barneveld beat Wales 4-2 in the first ever final, whilst Aussie pair Heta and Whitlock lifted the trophy most recently.
The World Cup of Darts takes place annually, usually in June.
Both England and Netherlands have won the World Cup of Darts on four occasions, more than any other nation.
However, after the pair’s early successes in which they shared the first eight tournaments between them, neither country has won any of the last three editions.
England have reached six finals, while the Netherlands have managed to make five. Scotland are next on the list of most successful nations with four finals appearances and two victories.
Heta and Whitlock defeated Wales in Frankfurt last year and Scottish duo Peter Wright and John Henderson took home the trophy after beating Austria 3-1 in the 2021 final.
The only other side to win the World Cup of Darts were last year’s beaten finalists Wales, when Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton got the better of England in 2020.
The top four nations based on combined Order of Merit rankings will be seeded to the second round, while the next twelve nations will be seeded in the group stage.
That means England, Netherlands, Wales and Scotland will take up the four seeded positions, with the following nations being seeded for the group stage:
The PDC selects the two players who will make up each country's pair.
Typically they are the two highest ranked players from that nation on the PDC Order of Merit - but there can on occasions be exceptions.
Australia - Damon Heta, Simon Whitlock
Austria - Mensur Suljovic, Rowby-John Rodriguez
Bahrain - Basem Mahmood, Abdulnasser Yusuf
Belgium - Dimitri Van den Bergh, Kim Huybrechts
Canada - Matt Campbell, Jeff Smith
China - Xiaochen Zong, Lihao Wen
Croatia - Boris Krcmar, Romeo Grbavac
Czech Republic - Adam Gawlas, Karel Sedlacek
Denmark - Vladimir Andersen, Benjamin Drue Reus
England - Michael Smith, Rob Cross
Finland - Marko Kantele, Paavo Myller
France - Thibault Tricole, Jacques Labre
Germany - Gabriel Clemens, Martin Schindler
Gibraltar - Craig Galliano, Justin Hewitt
Guyana - Norman Madhoo, Sudesh Fitzgerald
Hong Kong - Man Lok Leung, Lok Yin Lee
Hungary - Patrik Kovács, Levente Sárai
Iceland - Vitor Charrua and Hallgrímur Egilsson
India - Prakash Jiwa, Amit Gilitwala
Italy - Michele Turetta, Massimo Dante
Japan - Jun Matsuda, Tomoya Goto
Latvia - Madars Razma, Dmitriy Zhukov
Lithuania - Darius Labanauskas, Mindaugas Barauskas
Netherlands - Michael van Gerwen, Danny Noppert
New Zealand - Ben Robb, Warren Parry
Northern Ireland - Brendan Dolan, Daryl Gurney
Philippines - Christian Perez, Lourence Ilagan
Poland - Krzysztof Ratajski, Krzysztof Kciuk
Portugal - Jose de Sousa, Luis Ameixa
Republic of Ireland - William O’Connor, Keane Barry
Scotland - Peter Wright, Gary Anderson
Singapore - Paul Lim, Harith Lim
South Africa - Devon Petersen, Vernon Bouwers
Spain - Jose Justicia, Tony Martinez
Sweden - Dennis Nilsson, Oskar Lukasiak
Switzerland - Stefan Bellmont, Marcel Walpen
Thailand - Attapol Eupakaree, Yong Gaweenuntavong
Ukraine - Vladyslav Omelchenko, Illia Pekaruk
USA - Jules van Dongen, Leonard Gates
Wales - Gerwyn Price, Jonny Clayton
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