Lakeside 2023: Initial Details Confirmed

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AFTER months of vagueness and doubt the WDF have managed to confirm several of the important details for this years Lakeside World Championship in December. In the shadow of their decision to postpone the World Masters, until 2024, many concerns had been raised as to the to the Lakeside tournament. However, the initial confirmation set out a strong event that may develop further:

The World Darts Federation (WDF) are pleased to release further information around the 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships. 

Four World Champions will be crowned as we return to ‘The Home of World Darts’ from Saturday, December 2nd through to Sunday, December 10th. 

Prize Money

The WDF can confirm that a prize fund of £257,000 will be up for grabs across the Men’s, Women’s, Boys and Girls tournaments.

As in 2022, the Men’s Champion will collect £50,000 and the Women’s Champion will pick up £25,000. A full breakdown of the prize money across all four tournaments is provided below. 


  • Winner: £50,000
  • Runner-up: £20,000
  • Semi-Finalists: £10,000
  • Quarter-Finalists: £5,000
  • Last 16: £2,500
  • Last 32: £1,500
  • First Round: £1,000


  • Winner: £25,000
  • Runner-up: £10,000
  • Semi-Finalists: £5,000
  • Quarter-Finalists: £2,500
  • Last 16: £1,500
  • First Round: £1,000


  • Winner: £5,000
  • Runner-up: £2,000
  • Semi-Finalists: £1,000


  • Winner: £2,000
  • Runner-up: £1,000
The Draw and Playing Schedule 

The qualification period for the 2023 WDF World Championships ends on Monday, October 30th. As there are ranking tournaments right up until the day before that cut-off, we won’t know our final field of players until then. 

As such, we will be conducting the draw for all four tournaments at the 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships on Wednesday, November 1st. The draws will be broadcast on the WDF’s YouTube channel.

The playing schedule will then be finalised by the WDF team and released to the public by no later than Friday, November 3rd. 

The first weekend of Lakeside 2023, December 2nd and 3rd, will see all of the non-seeded players in the Men’s and Women’s tournaments in action. In the afternoon and evening sessions of both days there will be four Men’s tournament matches and two Women’s tournament matches. 

Neil Duff on his way to winning World Darts Championship at Lakeside 2022.

The 16 Men’s seeds and 8 Women’s seeds enter their respective tournaments in the second round. The Men’s second round will be playing from Monday, December 4th through to Wednesday, December 6th, while the Women’s matches will be played from Monday, December 4th to Thursday, December 7th inclusive.

The Men’s last 16 will play across Wednesday evening and Thursday ahead of the quarter-finals in the Men’s and Women’s tournaments being played on Friday, December 8th. 

Saturday, December 9th will be Semi-Final Saturday, as we determine the finalists in the Men’s, Women’s and Boys competitions. 

Lakeside 2023 will then draw to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday, December 10th as we crown four champions in the Men’s, Women’s, Boys and Girls events. 

A list of the players already qualified and or the 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships, as well as a guide to how the remaining places will be filled is available on our dedicated Players List page.

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Playing Format 

The 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships will have the same playing format as the 2022 WDF Lakeside World Championships. 


  • First round – best of 3 sets
  • Second round – best of 5 sets
  • Last 16 – best of 5 sets
  • Quarter-Finals – best of 7 sets
  • Semi-Finals – best of 9 sets
  • Final – best of 11 sets


  • First round – best of 3 sets
  • Last 16 – best of 3 sets
  • Quarter-Finals – best of 3 sets
  • Semi-Finals – best of 5 sets
  • Final – best of 7 sets


  • Semi-Finals – best of 3 sets
  • Final – best of 5 sets


  • Final – best of 3 sets

Having explored all of the available options for broadcasting the 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships, the WDF Promotions team have implemented a different, hybrid strategy to maximise the exposure of this year’s showpiece events. 

We’re proud to say that we’ll be streaming the entire event live on our YouTube channel, meaning that for the first time in the tournament’s history, anyone with an internet connection will be able to see all nine days of action for free from wherever they are in the world. 

We can also confirm that the tournament will be available to view on Ayozat TV, which is Sky Channel 186 in the UK, as well as Fubo TV and Swerve Sports in the USA. 

The final three days of the tournament, encompassing the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, will be broadcast on further outlets and it is hoped that we are going to be able to confirm these deals in the coming weeks. 

Having the 2023 WDF Lakeside World Championships on all of these platforms means that this year’s tournament has its widest reach ever. We feel that we’re moving with the times and that with a bigger reach, the easier it is for us to sustain and grow the tournament worldwide in the years to come. 

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Having already played host to 35 World Darts Championships, the Lakeside Country Club’s unique atmosphere will be enjoyed once again in the new, fan-friendly December slot.  

Now set directly by the WDF, the ticket prices are more accessible than in previous years, making it easier for you to join us at ‘The Home of World Darts’ for nine days of top tungsten action from Saturday, December 2nd to Sunday, December 10th 2023.

Tickets for the opening sessions start at £25 each, with £100 combination packages available for the opening and closing weekends of the tournament. Tickets for Finals Day, where four WDF World Champions will be crowned on the sport’s most iconic stage, start at £45 each. To book your tickets and see the full price list, visit our dedicated Eventbrite homepage.


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