PDC Unicorn Youth World Championship

The PDC Unicorn Youth World Championship is a PDC tournament played for the first time in 2010. The PDC lanced the tournament after Barry Hearn's takeover offer to the BDO was turned down and it was called into question that Hearn would support Youth and Ladies the same as the BDO does.

Participate can all players who are below the age limit at the deadline. Participants are either players from the PDC Youth Tour or international qualifiers.
Beside the price money both finalists are invited to the Grand Slam and get a Pro Tour Card. The Winner gets a place in the PDC World Championship as well.

To play the qualifiers and the tournament no contract with the PDC has to be signed.


The PDC Unicorn U 21 World Championship is played in three phases.
Phase 1 Qualifications
International: Twelve Qualifiers - Fourteen Qualifiers in 2014 - 24 qualifiers in 2018: the qualifiers are from different European countries, from the USA, Canada, Southafrika, China, Asia, Russland, Australia, New Zealand and two Junior Darts Corporation qualifiers

Qualification by the PDC Youth Tour Order of Merit.
Seeded are the top 8.

Qualification through Rileys Dartzones: Only till 2012.

Phase 2 - Main Event
The 64 participants - starting 2018 72 participants - play in several rounds through to two finalists.
2010 phase 2 took place during a Players Championships weekend in the Metrodome in Barnsley, 2011 during a Players Championship weekend in Crawley. 2013 Phase two will played on 22. March 2013 in the Metrodome in Barnsley. In 2014 it was be played on April 5 in Reading. Since than it is usually played during a Pro Tour weekend in November in Wigan.

In 2018 this phase for the first time will be played as a group phase with 32 groups of three players each. The group winner progress to the knockout phase.

Phase 3 Final
The final of the first Youth World Championship took place on 3. January 2011 alongside the PDC World Championship final. From 2012 the final of the Youth World Championship was played during the Premier League Play-Offs in My in the O2 Arena in London and is televeised by Sky Sports. By now the final is played during the Players Championship Finals end of November in Minehead.




Winners
2011Arron Monk6:4Michael van Gerwen
2012James Hubbard6:3Michael van Gerwen
2013Michael Smith6:1Ricky Evans
2014Keegan Brown6:4Rowby-John Rodriguez
2015Max Hopp6:5Nathan Aspinall
2016Corey Cadby6:2Berry van Peer
2017Dimitri van den Bergh6:3Josh Payne


Price Money
WinnerRunner-upSemifinalistQuarterfinalsLast 16Last 32Second GroupThird Group
201810 000 Pound5 000 Pound2 500 Pound1 600 Pound1000 Pound500 Pound300 Pound250 Pound





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