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2020 US Open

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September 13 on ESPN

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League Seasons Begin

  • Winter League - Week of Jan 12th
  • Spring League - Week of Apr 5th
  • Summer League - Week of Jun 28th
  • Fall League - Week of Sept 13th


  • US Arnold Classic - March 6 - 8
  • Canadian Open - April 24 - 26
  • Throwdown Axe Festival - July 31 - August 2
  • US Open - September 4 - 6
  • Angrywood Open - October 9 - 11
  • World Axe Throwing Championship - December 4 - 6

Affiliate Tournaments

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The largest Axe Throwing Organization in the World

Leading the Sport of Axe Throwing into MainStream Success

  • 19 Countries
  • 240+ Locations
  • 175+ Affiliated
  • 6000+ Axe Throwers
  • 1 Advanced
    Axe Throwing

Ironside Axe Throwing hosts an incredible 2019 US Open!

As seen on ESPN the 2019 US Open was the most competitive tournament in WATL history.

The crowd packed Splitting Timber for the 2019 WATL!

The 2019 Signarama World Axe Throwing Championship on ESPN sent the 64 best to Tucson, AZ.

WATL's Mission Statement

The World Axe Throwing League (WATL) is the global governing body & league for the sport of urban axe throwing. Our mandate is to grow and strengthen the sport of urban axe throwing internationally by welcoming global axe throwing clubs to join our organization. Our mission is to bring the sport of urban axe throwing throughout the world through our members.

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We're excited to announce that WATL is the exclusive partner of ESPN for axe throwing leagues & events. The 2019 World Axe Throwing Championship you can view on ESPN networks with more coming in 2020!
Next year’s Championship will feature 128 regional champions from all over the world, follow along and find out who will take the title of the 2020 World Axe Throwing Champion

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Our Benefits

  • Standardized Rules
    • The WATL offers standardized rules and regulations for competition amongst players on a global scale.​
    • These official standards include throwing distance, scoring for regular and tie-breaker play, official tournament structure, minimum and maximum participant requirements for competitive play, target design, and required equipment.
  • League Rules
    • Urban axe throwing leagues are designed for accessibility for anyone who enjoys the sport.​
    • We host regional leagues 4 times a year. Standard training techniques, scoring, and additional features ensure all league members find the competition challenging, fair, and accessible.
  • Promotion & Growth
    • The WATL assists its members in all areas of commercial development in the realm of urban axe throwing. We can offer strategies and direct assistance with finding the right business location, maintaining a calendar and fluid booking system, hiring, branding, and a wide array of marketing strategies.
  • Safety Protocols & Procedures
    • We promote safety across all urban axe throwing facilities recognized by the WATL.
    • The safety regulations include but aren't limited to ratio of certified axe throwing coaches per each throwing lane based on number of participants, throw countdowns, axe retrieval, barrier and backdrop construction, lane size and clearance, and rigorous employee training that maximizes competition, fun, and safety.
  • Global & Local Competition
    • Urban axe throwing competitions are hosted locally 4 times a year with one world competition, crowning the World Axe Throwing Champion.
  • Global Exposure
    • Members of the WATL are afforded all the perks and notoriety of conforming to the international standard of urban axe throwing excellence. Governing more urban axe throwing facilities, tournaments, and leagues than any other body in the world, we set the global standard for practice and innovation. This prestige attracts press, business, and unites business professionals in a common goal for expansion.

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Do you have an Axe Throwing facility?

Interested in WATL?

Joining the World Axe Throwing League (WATL) provides companies with the advantage of legitimizing and growing their axe throwing business while complying with the global standards of the sport. We provide consulting for our members to help get their facilities set up, insured, operational and aid in marketing their facility to the media. We are here to help grow the sport of urban axe throwing.

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Software for the Industry

WATL has created the ultimate software package for the industry. It allows you to run official WATL leagues, Duals & Big Axe, as well as host your own tournaments. Our engineering staff is constantly working hard to build new features such as broadcasting scores to TV lanes, and much more... If you own an axe throwing facility and want to learn more about the benefits of WATL or the software, please get in touch with us.

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Urban Axe Throwing rules

Urban Axe Throwing rules

WATL offers standardized rules and regulations for competition amongst players on a global scale. These official standards include throwing distance, scoring for regular and tie-breaker play, official tournament structure, minimum and maximum participant requirements for competitive play, target design, and required equipment.

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Become a Champion

Become a Champion

Are you looking to become a league member at a WATL facility? We have members all over the world. To participate and become a part of our axe throwing leagues, please click below to find a WATL Location near you.

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World Axe Throwing League and ESPN 2020 Airing Dates

World Axe Throwing League and ESPN 2020 Airing Dates

The World Axe Throwing League announces today the official ESPN 2020 airing dates for competition. With three competitions set to hit the airwaves again in 2020 it was important to ensure we let everyone mark...

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