International Darts League 2003

After the success of the World Darts Trophy in Utrecht, Ad Schoofs launches the International Darts League in The Hague. From 17 to 25 May the speedskating center ‘Uithof’ is tranformed into a darts arena. The format is the same as that of the Champions League in football, but the public interest in the event is disappointing.

The tournament is played in groups of four players in the first and second round, each time the top two advance to the next round. From the quarter-finals it is knockout and will be played in sets of bo 3 legs.

Raymond van Barneveld wins the first edition of the tournament in his city of The Hague; he defeats Mervyn King in the final. The man from The Hague wins all nine games he plays in this edition. In the quarterfinals, he proves too strong for Tony David from Australia 4-0 in sets. In the semi-finals Martin Adams bows out 6-4 and Mervyn King loses the final 8-5 in sets. Mervyn plays a great tournament with victories over Ted Hankey in the quarterfinals and Andy Fordham in the semi-finals.

In the final Van Barneveld takes a 4-0 and 7-3 lead, but King continues to offer good resistance and comes back strong to 7-5. Yet Barney ultimately takes the win in the thirteenth set and becomes the first ever champion.

Venue: Netherlands Uithof, The Hague From: Saturday 17 May 2003 Till: Sunday 25 May 2003

Champion

Raymond van Barneveld
Photographer: Hans Willink
2003 International Darts League

Prize money

  • High finish
    €1,000
  • Champion
    €30,000
  • Runner-up
    €15,000
  • Semi finalists
    €7,500
  • Quarter finalists
    €4,500
  • Last 16
    €3,000
  • Last 32
    €2,000
  • Total
    €134,000
By year:

List of finals

Year Winner Result Runner-Up
2007
(95.85)
13
13 - 9
(94.53)
9
2006 13 - 5
(95.25)
5
2005
(5) (91.89)
13
13 - 11
(8) (91.71)
11
2004
(1) (101.64)
13
13 - 5
(6) (95.04)
5
2003 8 - 5
(4) (97.50)
5