Luke Littler, the 16-year-old sensation who captivated audiences with his remarkable journey to the PDC World Championship final, has earned a spot in the upcoming Premier League Darts.
Despite his 7-4 defeat to Luke Humphries in the final, Littler's inclusion makes him the youngest player ever to participate in the prestigious event, which features only eight players over a 16-week series beginning on February 1 in Cardiff.
Joining Littler in the Premier League are seasoned players, including world number one Luke Humphries, defending champion Michael van Gerwen, runner-up Gerwyn Price, and former world champions Michael Smith, Peter Wright, and Rob Cross. Nathan Aspinall, the 2023 World Matchplay champion, completes the elite lineup for the highly anticipated tournament.
Expressing his excitement, Littler shared, "It's unbelievable. No more development tour. This is it. Playing in the Premier League and comfortably in the (world's top) 32." Littler's decision to participate marks a significant moment in his burgeoning career, and he acknowledges the uniqueness of the opportunity, stating, "Let's do it; it might not happen again."
The Premier League Darts format involves 16 mini-tournaments held in different European cities over 16 weeks. Each week kicks off with four quarter-finals in a knockout-style competition, determining the nightly winner.
Matches are played in a best-of-11 legs format, with the winner earning five points, the runner-up three points, and the losing semi-finalists receiving two points each. The top four players in the table after week 16 qualify for the playoffs at London's O2 Arena on May 23, culminating in a best-of-19 legs semi-final and a best-of-21 legs final to crown the Premier League champion.