The History Of Darts

Darts is a popular pub game and professional sport where players throw small, pointed missiles called darts at a circular target known as a dartboard.



The History of Darts

The history of darts is fascinating and stretches back several centuries. The origins of the game are thought to have come from medieval England, when soldiers would shoot crossbow bolts or short arrows toward the base of tree trunks or wine barrels. This developed into a more sophisticated hobby over time.

In the United Kingdom, darts had gained popularity as a pub game by the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During this time, the bullseye and the twenty numbered portions that make up the traditional dartboard arrangement were devised. The numbering system that is still in use today is sometimes attributed to a carpenter by the name of Brian Gamlin in 1896.

Midway through the 20th century, darts enjoyed a sharp increase in popularity, especially after the National Darts Association was established in 1924. Professional organizations such as the World Darts Federation (WDF) in 1976 and the British Darts Organisation (BDO) in 1973 established more respectability for the sport.


Professional darts events grew in popularity in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, and television broadcasts popularized the sport throughout the world. Since then, major events like the PDC World Darts Championship have grown to be desired occasions that bring professional competitors and large audiences from all over the world.


Darts has a huge global fan base and is currently played as a professional sport as well as a social game in bars.

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