Female players will be given more opportunities than ever before to compete in Professional Darts Corporation events in 2021, following confirmation of a 12-event Women's Series.

Places in the World Darts Championship will be awarded to the top two players based on prize money won across the 12 tournaments, while two spots in the Grand Slam of Darts will also be up for grabs.

The events will take place in Germany and England between August and October.

The 2021 PDC Women’s Series tour is an expansion of the four events held in 2020, which saw Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman claim places at Alexandra Palace, while Ashton also qualified for the Grand Slam.

The PDC’s first female Tour Card Holder, Ashton continues to be a trailblazer within the sport, and became the first woman to average over 100 in a televised event in March.

She said: "This is fantastic news for women’s darts.

"Playing in the Women’s Series last year it was fantastic to see so many top players competing, especially with matches streamed on PDCTV.

"The women’s game continues to move in the right direction, and by once again offering places in two of the PDC’s biggest televised events we as players have the chance to keep breaking new ground."