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WBSC Announces Free Live-Streaming For U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup Opening Tomorrow in Irvine

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today that all 62 games of the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup will be live-streamed globally and free-of-charge for audiences. The event will be held in Irvine, California, USA, from 10-17 August.

For the first time, WBSC has partnered with Eleven Sports to broadcast top-level softball content. The international live-streaming platform will show in Italy and Taiwan every game of the World Cup.

Fans in Latin America will enjoy the broadcast through the digital platform AYM Sports, with commentary in Spanish.

In the rest of the world, all 62 games will be available on the WBSC OTT platform, Game Time.

“We expect a record-setting audience for this youth World Cup, with the top U-19 softball nations and female athletes in our sport competing in Irvine,” said WBSC Softball Chairman Tommy Velazquez. “With all 62 games available worldwide, fans will be able to watch the stars of the future representing their countries at the top international competition”.

Last year’s coverage of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 was watched in nearly 120 countries across the world.

The U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup will feature the best National Teams in the world competing For the Title of World Champion. The 16 squads have been drawn into four groups:
Group A: Host United States (World No. 1), Mexico (5), Czech Republic (15), Botswana (43)
Group B: Japan (2), Australia (7), Italy (9), South Africa (28)
Group C: Puerto Rico (4), China (8), Brazil (14), Ireland (22)
Group D: Canada (3), Chinese Taipei (6), Netherlands (10), New Zealand (11)

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, carrying the result of the game played between each other. The two nations with the best overall record at the end of the Super Round will play the World Championship Game on 17 August at 2 p.m. You can see the complete game schedule here.

For more information, the official website of the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese). All tournament information, including rosters, scores, statistics, standings, daily reports and photos for editorial use, will be published through the official website.

WBSC Unveils Schedule For Softball Americas Qualifier in Surrey

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the schedule for the 12-nation WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, which will be held in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, from 25 August to 1 September.

The top two teams in the WBSC Softball Americas tournament in Surrey will qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, joining host Japan and USA as four of the six nations to be qualified for Tokyo 2020. The qualifier will be played over eight days of competition and feature 42 games.

“This international competition in Surrey will be one of the most important softball tournaments ever held in the Americas, granting two precious spots to the historic return of softball at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC Softball Division Chairman, Tommy Velazquez. “Today the road to Tokyo is clear for our softball athletes across the Americas and what they need to accomplish to fulfil their Olympic dreams.”

Following a five-day Opening Round, the top three squads from each group will advance to the Super Round.

Group A features world No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 17 Cuba, No. 18 Guatemala, No. 25 Argentina and No. 39 Bahamas.

Group B includes No. 5 Mexico, No. 14 Brazil, No. 16 Venezuela, No. 19 Dominican Republic, No. 20 Peru and No. 57 British Virgin Islands.

The two teams with the best overall records following the Super Round will earn qualification into the Olympic Softball tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

The full schedule as well as all tournament information, including rosters, stats and standings of the WBSC Softball Americas Qualifier, will be found at the official tournament website.

Today Is World Softball Day And The WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship Is Opening!

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men’s Softball World Championship officially opens today, on World Softball Day, marking the first time the top men’s softball competition is being played in Europe.

In the opening game, host Czech Republic will face New Zealand, the top-ranked softball nation and reigning world champions.

New Zealand v Czech Republic – WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019

How to Follow

All 72 games of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship will be live-streamed at http://www.youtube.com/wbsc (subject to geo-blocking restrictions).

Česká televize and New Zealand’s Sky TV will exclusively showcase games featuring their country’s National Teams.

For the first time ever, a selection of world championship softball games will be streamed by the Olympic Channel.

In the United States and Canada, viewers can watch exclusively through FloSports.

Fans in Europe will be able to watch every game of the tournament at http://www.baseballsoftball.tv.

Selected games will be also available at the WBSC Official Facebook page.

Twitter-owned SnappyTV will be integrated to amplify the social media buzz around the event with instant replays, GIFs and highlights from the games, marking the first time SnappyTV is used for a Softball World Championship.

“The first-ever Men’s Softball World Championship in Europe will be the most followed edition ever, and this is a great way to honour World Softball Day and our global sport,” said WBSC Softball Chairman, Tommy Velazquez.

WBSC Reveals Groups, 62-Game Schedule For U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup In Irvine, California

Ticket sales launched today for the top international youth softball event

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the groups and tournament schedule of the XIII WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup, being staged from 10-17 August in Irvine, California, United States.

The biggest international youth softball tournament will be played at Bill Barber Park, showcasing 62 games across 8 days of global competition.

The 16 participating nations have been drawn into four groups:
Group A: Host United States (World No. 1), Mexico (5), Czech Republic (15), Botswana (43)
Group B: Japan (2), Australia (7), Italy (9), South Africa (28)
Group C: Puerto Rico (4), China (8), Brazil (14), Ireland (22)
Group D: Canada (3), Chinese Taipei (6), Netherlands (10), New Zealand (11)

The 3-day, 24-game Opening Round, will be played from 10-12 August, with only two games on Day 1: host USA will play against Mexico following the Opening Ceremony, while Puerto Rico and Brazil will meet to open the action in Group C.

The top two teams of each group after the opening round will advance to the Super Round, while the bottom two teams will play the Placement Round. On 17 August, the two Super Group nations with the best overall records will play in the World Championship Final, while the third- and fourth-place nations will play for bronze.

Ticket sales launched

Online ticket sales have launched, with single passes for the eight days of competition available. Daily tickets are valid for the day’s competition across both fields. Fans around the world can purchase tickets here.

The broadcast and live-streaming schedule will be announced in an upcoming news release.

To view the full schedule as well as all tournament information, visit the official tournament website, available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).

Six Nations From Asia Advance To Tokyo 2020 Softball Qualifier

Japan, China, Chinese Taipei first to qualify for WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup 2021

Six Asian nations have been confirmed entry into the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Asia/Oceania Softball 2019 qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, following today’s closing of the Softball Asia Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The top three finishers in Asia — Japan, China and Chinese Taipei — are also the first national teams qualified for the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup in 2021.

“Congratulations to the qualified teams for the flagship Softball World Cup and the Asia/Oceania qualification event for Tokyo 2020,” said WBSC Softball Chairman Tommy Velazquez. “It’s the highest honour in our sport, representing your country and playing on the world stage against the best in the game. This spirit captures the driving force behind WBSC’s continuous efforts to develop our sport globally.”

Road to Tokyo 2020

The top six teams of the Asian championship (excluding Japan) also qualified for the Asia/Oceania Softball qualifier for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, which will be held from 24-29 September in Shanghai, China.

Host China, Chinese Taipei, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia and Hong Kong, along with Australia and New Zealand, will battle in Shanghai for an Olympic berth and chance for gold in Tokyo.

Road to Softball World Cup 2021/.

Asia Champion Japan and 2nd Place China secured their presence in the Softball World Cup by advancing to the Finals of the Softball Asia Cup, while Chinese Taipei defeated the Philippines today in the bronze medal match to claim Asia’s third and final World Cup berth.

In the Asia final, Japan defeated China, 9-2, with two-time Olympic Medalist Eri Yamada named tournament MVP.

Final standings
1. Japan
2. China
3. Chinese Taipei
4. Philippines
5. Korea
6. Indonesia
7. Hong Kong
8. Thailand
9. Singapore
10. India

100 days to the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup in Irvine!

Today marks 100 days to the opening day of the XIII WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup, the pinnacle youth women’s softball competition, to be staged in Irvine, California, USA, from 11-17 August.

This tournament will be the first-ever Softball World Cup event, initiating a rebranding process of the softball world championships into Softball World Cups. The first step was the presentation of the U-19 Softball World Cup new logo, that will remain permanent for the upcoming events.

The best 16 junior teams spanning all five Olympic continents will battle For the Title of World Champions at Bill Barber Park:

Africa (2): No. 28 South Africa and No. 43 Botswana.
Americas (5): No. 1 United States, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico and No. 14 Brazil.
Asia (3): No. 2 Japan, No. 6 Chinese Taipei and No. 8 China.
Europe (4): No. 9 Italy, No. 10 Netherlands (wild card), No. 15 Czech Republic and No. 22 Ireland.
Oceania (2): No. 7 Australia and No. 11 New Zealand.

Host United States and Japan have dominated the event in the past, facing each other in the last 10 World Championship finals, for a total of 11 combined titles. United States has won back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2015, for a record-setting six world championships.

Japan’s last world championship was back in 2013 in Brampton, Canada, for a total of five. Only China could break USA and Japan’s supremacy in this age-group, winning their only World Championship back in 1985, in Fargo, USA.

The WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup has been staged every two years and features the best youth players in the world competing on their National Teams for softball’s Official World Championship in the respective category. Starting in 2020, this event will change the age category, becoming a U-18 event.

The groups, official game schedule and broadcast details of the XIII WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup 2018 will be revealed in upcoming releases.

WBSC Reveals Groups, Schedule For Americas Softball Qualifier After Historic First-Ever Draw

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today the groups and a 42- game schedule for the WBSC Americas Softball Championship, qualification event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. For the first time in history WBSC staged a draw defining the composition of the Groups. The draw was held at the WBSC headquarters at the Olympic Capital, Laussane, Switzerland, and was live-streamed via YouTube.

The 12 participating nations have learned their fate for this summer’s WBSC Americas Softball Championship, on the road to Tokyo 2020.

Host Canada will highlight Group A, along with world No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 17 Cuba, No. 18 Guatemala, No. 25 Argentina, and No. 39 Bahamas.

Group B will be led by No. 5 Mexico, joined by No. 16 Venezuela, No. 14 Brazil, No. 19 Dominican Republic, No. 20 Peru and No. 57 British Virgin Islands.

“It is a big milestone for our organization, staging the first-ever draw for an official international baseball softball tournament; it’s important to set groups by draw; this makes the process completely transparent”, said WBSC President, Riccardo Fraccari. “Good luck to all the teams. It will be undoubtedly an interesting tournament, marking the first step in the road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games”.

The WBSC Americas Softball Championship, the last opportunity for the Americas teams to qualify to the Olympic Games, will start on Saturday 25 August in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, with all 12 teams in play. The five-day Opening Round will finish on 29 August, with the top three squads of each group advancing to the Super Round. Three days later, the two best nations in the Super Round will clinch their ticket to Tokyo 2020.

The top two nations in the WBSC World Ranking, United States and Japan, are the only teams qualified for the historic softball return to the Olympic Programme in Tokyo (the US team for being WBSC World Champion 2018, and Japan as the host team of the Games). That’s why USA won’t be participating in this event.

With the groups draw, the teams have also known their rivals for each day of competition; however the exact time of each game will be announced at a later date.