Premier League Darts: Tournament that will undergo the most radical change in its history | Darts News



Welshman Jonny Clayton is the reigning Premier League champion (Photo courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

This year’s Premier League will undergo the most drastic change in tournament history, with eight players to play 16 mini-events over the course of the season before the Play-Offs to determine a champion.

This year’s extravaganza will still be played in 17 arenas across the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany and will offer an exceptional and increased prize fund of £1million, but there is has an important twist.

In a new development, the Premier League will feature eight players in 2022, with all 16 league nights being individual events comprising quarter-finals, semi-finals and a best-of-11 final – with a bonus 10 £000 for each evening. winner.

Each night, quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final will be played best of 11 sets (first to six)

Each player will meet the other seven players twice during the season in a quarter-final match, and two other nights will include additional meetings in the same format.

Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen are all hoping to be included among the eight players in contention for this year's title

Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen are all hoping to be included among the eight players in contention for this year’s title

Ranking points will also be awarded each night – with five to the winner, three to the runners-up and two to the semi-finalists – to form the league table from which the top four players advance to the Play-Offs.

Over the course of 16 weeks, players will face off twice in the quarter-finals to form the draw for 14 nights, with the two additional nights seeing the stars go head-to-head once again.

Jonny Clayton beat Jose de Sousa 11-5 to win the Premier League in his first season

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Jonny Clayton beat Jose de Sousa 11-5 to win the Premier League in his first season

Jonny Clayton beat Jose de Sousa 11-5 to win the Premier League in his first season

« The Premier League has grown beyond recognition since its introduction 17 years ago, but the time has come to introduce this revolutionary new format, » said PDC chief executive Matt Porter.

“Our new format means that every game counts. Each night of the season has its own champion and will provide even more value for fans attending and watching around the world, with seven matches playing out to a conclusion to find a winner in each venue.

“There is also the wider race to be involved in the Play-Offs and to fight for the overall Premier League title and a share of the massive £1m prize.

“We have already seen great interest across the UK and Europe from fans eager to see the Premier League live again, and this year they will experience more top-flight darts than ever. before at this event. »

Winner of the night – 5 points + £10,000 bonus

Finalist – 3 points

Semi-finalists – 2 points

An emotional Clayton was over the moon after winning his first Premier League title

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An emotional Clayton was over the moon after winning his first Premier League title

An emotional Clayton was over the moon after winning his first Premier League title

The Premier League has seen a number of format changes over the previous 17 seasons since the tournament was introduced in 2005, initially starting with seven players before growing to eight and 10 competitors, and also featuring Challengers in recent years. years.

2022 Premier League schedule

Night 1 – Thursday 3 February – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Night 2 – Thursday 10 February – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Night 3 – Thursday 17 February – SSE Arena, Belfast
Night 4 – Thursday 24 February – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Night 5 – Thursday March 3 – Westpoint Exeter
Night 6 – Thursday March 10 – The Brighton Center
Night 7 – Thursday 17 March – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Night 8 – Thursday March 24 – Rotterdam Ahoy
Night 9 – Thursday 31 March – Utilita Arena Birmingham
Night 10 – Thursday 7 April – First Direct Arena, Leeds
Night 11 – Thursday 14 April – AO Arena, Manchester
Night 12 – Thursday 21 April – P&J Live, Aberdeen
Night 13 – Thursday 28 April – 3Arena, Dublin
Night 14 – Thursday 5 May – OVO Arena, Glasgow
Night 15 – Thursday 12 May – Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Night 16 – Thursday May 19 – The O2, London
Play offs – Thursday 26 May – Utilita Arena Newcastle

Join us for the start of the 2022 Premier League darts in Cardiff on Thursday February 3 live on Sky Sports. Check out daily darts news at skysports.com/darts, our mobile app and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts



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