The European Championship is a PDC Major tournament and was first played in 2008.
It is played on the European Continent because the PDC wants to give European players
who are not in the Top 16 of the Order of Merit and don´t have the chance to take part in the
British Pro Tour circuit a chance to take part in a Major tournament.
32 players take part in the tournament.
How to qualify is not easy to understand and the way changed till now every year.
In 2010 it will be like this: As in most Major tournaments the Top 16 of the Order will take part. Qualified as well are the
Top eight of the European Order of Merit. The last eight players come over the Players Championship Order of Merit. In 2014 the top 16 of the PDC Order of Merit qualify alongside with the top 8 UK or non European players of the Pro Tour
Order of Merit plus seven non Uk players from thr Pro Tour Order of Merit plus one Scandinavian qualifier. In 2016 the European Tour Order of Merit was introduced for which all European Tour events count. The participants in the European Championship are the top 32 of the European Tour Order of Merit.
All Pro Tour events organised by the PDC Europe count to the European Order of Merit.
The tournament is played over three days - on Friday the first round is played with twice eight matches in two session, on Saturday
the eight second round matches take place in two sessions and on Sunday quarterfinals, semifinals and the final will take place.
The tournament is played in Legs - first round best of 11, second round and quarterfinals best of 19,
semifinals and final best of 21.
The first year the tournament was played in Frankfurt in Germany, the second year in Hoofdorp in Holland, in the third year it returns to
Germany to Dinslaken. 2011 it is played in Düsseldorf. In 2013 and 2014 it moved to Mühlheim. 2015 it for the first time took place in Hasselt in Belgium.
The tournament will be televised by ITV 4 and in Germany by Sport1.
|2008||Phil Taylor||11:5||Adrian Lewis|
|2009||Phil Taylor||11:3||Steve Beaton|
|2010||Phil Taylor||11:1||Wayne Jones |
|2011||Phil Taylor||11:8||Adrian Lewis|
|2012||Simon Whitlock||11:5||Wes Newton|
|2013||Adrian Lewis||11:6||Simon Whitlock|
|2014||Michael van Gerwen||11:4||Terry Jenkins|
|2015||Michael van Gerwen||11:10||Gary Anderson|
|Winner||Runner-Up||Semifinals||Quarterfinals||Last 16||Last 32|
|2012||50 000 Pound||20 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||7500 Pound||5000 Pound||2500 Pound|
|2014||55 000 Pound||25 000 Pound||12 500 Pound||7500 Pound||5000 Pound||3000 Pound|
|2015||65 000 Pound||35 000 Pound||17 000 Pound||11 500 Pound||7000 Pound||4000 Pound|
|2016||100 000 Pound||40 000 Pound||20 000 Pound||15 000 Pound||10 000 Pound||5000 Pound|