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WBSC reveals Playoff schedule for Women’s Softball World Championship/Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifier

Following eight days of exciting competition, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the Playoff Schedule for the Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan, where one nation will earn a place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The original field of 16 nations has been cut in half, with 8 teams advancing to the Championship Round.

Showcasing the global spread of the sport, four continents — Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania — still have representatives in softball’s battle For The Title of World Champion.

In order of standings, United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Netherlands have advanced out of Group A, while Japan, Australia, Canada and Italy have advanced out of Group B.

Eight nations — Chinese Taipei, China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Philippines, Venezuela, Botswana and South Africa — have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue to play in the Placement Round to determine the final standings and allocation of world ranking points.

The playoffs of the flagship softball event will take place at ZOZO Marine Stadium, the home of Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) Chiba Lotte Marines.

The Championship Round will be played under the double page system — the top two seeded nations in each group will have double life in the playoff, while third and fourth seeds will face single-elimination games from the beginning.

Headlining the action on Friday, 10 August, the United States will play Australia at 15:30 local time. USA, the defending World Champions, went undefeated to win Group A. Australia advanced as the second team in Group B, with 5-2 record.

official logo of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Japan clinched the top spot in the Group B — also going undefeated — and will play Puerto Rico at 19:00. The host team beat Australia yesterday in the last game of the round robin to earn the first seed. Puerto Rico finished second in Group A, with a 6-1 record.

Mexico and Italy will meet at 10:00 in the first win-or-go-home match of the tournament. Mexico advanced to the playoffs with a 5-2 record, clinching the third seed in Group A, while the European team beat China in their final Opening Round match to clinch the fourth spot in Group B.

In another exciting knockout game, Canada will face the Netherlands at 12:30. The North American squad clinched third place in Group A with a 5-2 record. Netherlands moved into fourth place yesterday after defeating South Africa.

Championship Round Schedule
C1 – 10:00 – Italy v Mexico
C2 – 12:30 – Canada v Netherlands
C3 – 15:30 – United States v Australia
C4 – 19:00 – Japan v Puerto Rico
Placement Round Schedule
P1 – 10:00 – Chinese Taipei v Botswana
P2 – 10:00 – China v South Africa
P3 – 14:00 – New Zealand v Venezuela
P4 – 14:00 – Great Britain v Philippines

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WBSC Awards Broadcast Rights Across 80+ Territories For 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship/2020 Olympic Qualifier

WBSC, 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship, 2020 Olympic Qualifier,

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that broadcast and online rights agreements covering 84 countries and territories have been reached for the upcoming WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship — a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifier — which is set to open this Thursday, 2 August, in Chiba, Japan.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said: “These agreements will guarantee record coverage and engagement for the Women’s Softball World Championship in Chiba, driving the exposure and excitement of our sport to millions of households and mobile users across the world, while further building the anticipation of baseball and softball’s historic return at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

In Europe, Sportradar has been awarded live-streaming rights across 42 European territories and will provide blanket coverage via its leading OTT platform at www.baseballsoftball.tv.

In Japan, WBSC has awarded TV Tokyo the exclusive host broadcasting rights and the exclusive online/mobile and broadcast rights.

FloSports (www.flosoftball.com) has been awarded the exclusive English live-streaming rights in Canada and the United States.

AYM Sports has acquired rights in 41 countries and territories and will offer Spanish-language coverage across North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

All games of the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the WBSC YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/wbsc) for those games and territories not covered by WBSC’s broadcast and live-stream partners.

The worldwide list of territories covered by WBSC’s partners can be found here.

For complete tournament news and updates, the official tournament website at https://wswc.wbsc.org is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).

8 nations alive in WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship as Playoff Schedule Announced

After 6 days and 36 games of exciting action and atmosphere, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the Playoff Schedule for the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada.

Eight nations now remain in the race For The Title of World Champion. In order of standings, Japan, Australia, Argentina and Mexico advanced to the Championship Round out of Group A, while Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic and USA advanced through Group B. Japan and Canada both went undefeated (6-0) to win their respective groups. The eight teams repeat the playoff field from the previous Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in 2016.

Five nations — Denmark, Guatemala, India, Hong Kong and South Africa — have been eliminated from medal contention and will continue to play in the Placement Round to determine the final standings and bonus of world ranking points.

Opening Round Standings

Global Impact in Prince Albert

Drawing large crowds and creating a buzz, the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert is already being called “the biggest event to ever hit the city”. The economic impact of the global tournament is expected to be CAD$ 10 million for the local community, as reported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Playoff Picture

The Championship Round will be played under the double page system. The top two seeded nations in each group will have double life in the playoff, while third and fourth seeds will face single elimination games from the beginning.

Headlining the action on Friday the 13th, Canada will face Australia at 20:00 local time (10 pm US Eastern, 4 am on Saturday 14 July CEST). The hosts were perfect in Group B and will try to win the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship on home soil for the first time in history. Canada’s only world title was back in 1993 in Auckland, New Zealand. Australia lost yesterday against Japan in the last game of Group A, and finished in the second place. The last time the Canadian and Australian Junior Men’s National Teams collided was in Whitehorse 2014, with the Aussies winning, 5-0.

Japan clinched the top spot in the Group A and will play against New Zealand at 17:30 p.m. local time. The Junior Black Sox’s only loss in the Opening Round was to Canada on Tuesday, in front of a sellout crowd,. The Japan-New Zealand contest will be a rematch of the 2016 World Championship Gold Medal Game, which Japan won, 2-1, to be crowned World Champions.

Czech Republic and Mexico will met at 12:30 local time, in the first win-or-go-home “knockout” match in the tournament. The European team beat the U.S. in their final Opening Round match to clinch the third spot in Group B; while Mexico advanced to playoffs with a 3-3 record, as the fourth seeded in Group A. The last meeting between these two nations was a 14-3 win for Mexico in Whitehorse 2014.

In another exciting knockout game, Argentina will face the U.S. at 15:00. The South American squad clinched the third place in Group A with win over India to close the Opening Round. USA dropped to fourth place after the loss to Czech Republic. Argentina and USA last played each other in the inaugural game at Midland 2016. Argentina beat USA, 6-5.

Championship Round Schedule

The World Championship Finale will be held on Sunday, 15 July, at 15:00 local time.

All games of the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 are being live-streamed at http://www.youtube.com/wbsc. During the Opening Round, the Junior Men’s Softball World Championship registered an online viewership of 173 countries and territories.

For full coverage of the event, including live play-by-play, stats and game summaries, visit the official tournament website at https://jmswc.wbsc.org.

WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship Ready To Go, Excitement Growing in Prince Alberta

The XII WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship will take off on Saturday, 7 July, in Prince Albert, Canada. “We have been dreaming about tomorrow for the last four years,” said Kalen Kovitch, the Media Director of the Local Organizing Committee, during a press conference.

Prince Albert as a community is anticipating the event. Large crowds are expected to attend the games. “This is not giving us any pressure” said Canada’s manager Jeff Ellsworth. “We are trying to keep everything the same and have the kids enjoy the experience.”

Japan, as the defending champions, may be considered the team to beat: “We don’t feel any pressure,” commented manager Yukihiro Tanaka “We are aware we have a good team and we will simply try to do our best.”

Every team is looking forward to the tournament. Thomas Makea manages New Zealand and says his players are “just ready to go.”

Tyron Mc Kinney says that USA “Accepts the challenge.”

Argentina’s manager Andres Gamarci explains his team has gone through two years of preparation “but playing against other National Teams is something different from playing club competition.”

Robert Harrow confirms that also Australia can’t wait to get started.

Denmark is a European powerhouse, but manager Gilles Fournier is “aware of the fact that softball in our country is not as big as in some of the Nations we will face. We have four 15 year olds on our roster and we are trying to build. Now we want to play and see what happens.”

Mexico’s manager Oscar Cordova believes that “to improve, you have to face the best. We are excited to see what happens now.”

The press expressed a lot of curiosity for the way Guatemala and India got ready for the event.

“We are well prepared,” said Guatemala’s manager Julio Albizures “I hope the kids had enough rest. We had a very long journey.”

India formed the team through a long selection process. Manager Lekh Maurya explained that the last choices were made on a group of 100 players.

Mexico and Denmark will open the tournament at 10 am local time (12 US East, 6 pm CEST). The Opening Ceremony is scheduled for 6 pm local time. The highlight of the day will be the matchup between the hosts Canada and USA at 7.30 pm local time.

Every game o the Men’s Softball Junior World Championship will be broadcasted through WBSC Official YouTube Channel. Results, stats, pictures and play by play of the games will be available on WBSC website.

WBSC Welcomes Japan Softball Association and French Baseball Softball Federation Signing a Cooperation and Development Agreement

The Japan Softball Association (JSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the French Baseball Softball Federation (FFBS) pledging to support the French national team’s continued development and the long-term expansion of softball in France.

The cooperation will begin this week, as the FFBS participates in a first-of-its-kind observer programme during the Japan versus United States All-Star Series that begins in Tokyo today. The observer programme will give France’s national team players, coaches and administrators a chance to learn from their counterparts as World No. 1 USA take on World No. 2 Japan in a three-game series. Games will be staged at the Tokyo Dome, Shellcom Sendai and finally at Fukushima Azuma Stadium, one of the baseball-softball venues of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The MOU, which n° 1 recital is “Both JSA and FFBS desire to have the status of baseball and softball retained as Olympic [events] for the 2024 Olympic Games to be held in Paris, France”, will see the JSA provide its expertise to help continue the upwards trajectory of France’s national team, and in the long-term better equip the FFBS to grow the sport at the elite and grassroots levels.

Under the agreement, the JSA will annually send teams, players and officials to France to hold warm-up and exhibition games with teams from around Europe, and in particular France. These events will be coordinated by FFBS. The French federation will also welcome Japanese coaches, who will help to improve targeted technical and tactical skills at the French national team level.

Speaking after the signing ceremony in Tokyo, JSA President Hiromi Tokuda said:

“The JSA is eager to play its part in the global development of our sport by helping our friends at the FFBS fulfil softball’s enormous potential in France. This MOU formalises our commitment to share best practices and ideas with colleagues in the global softball community. It is an honour to welcome France’s promising young team to Japan, and we hope to give them many wonderful experiences of Japanese softball to take back to their clubs and communities in France.”

FFBS President Didier Seminet said:

“We are proud of the work we have done to develop our national teams and climb the world rankings over the last few years. This cooperation agreement with Japan, beginning with the All-Star Series observer programme, is a great opportunity to see the world’s best in action and drive our own standards higher as we look to compete with Europe’s top teams.

“Just as importantly, this experience will enhance our talent identification, youth development and community programmes so we can sustain the exciting growth of baseball and softball in France.”

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Secretary General Ms. Beng Choo Low, who attended the MOU signing in Tokyo, said:

“This spirit of collaboration between world-leaders like Japan and up-and-comers France is hugely encouraging, and characteristic of our inclusive, global sport. The WBSC is building a billion-strong global baseball-softball community, and growing our sport across Europe is an absolute priority for us. We hope to find many more opportunities for cooperation between traditional baseball-softball powerhouses and emerging nations in the future.”

WBSC To Live-Stream South American Men’s Softball Championship, Starts Tomorrow

In another key opportunity to showcase baseball and softball’s growing global footprint — played in over 140 countries by approximately 65 million people — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) will live-stream the South American Men’s Softball Championship, which opens tomorrow (2 June) in Monteria, Colombia.

During the Opening Round, fans worldwide can go to http://www.youtube.com/wbsc to watch the five games taking place each day at the main venue, Monteria’s Sport Villa. WBSC will also live-stream featured games at http://www.facebook.com/wbsc.

The National Teams from 10 countries will participate in the championship, including two from outside South America and a junior National Team: Argentina, Argentina Junior (invite), Aruba, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba (invite), Dominican Republic (invite), Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.

The 55 games of the round robin are scheduled to be played from 2-6 June, across three venues: the José Gabriel Amín Manzur stadium in the Villa Deportiva; Club Campestre field in Montería and municipal stadium in Chinu.

The top four squads from the Opening Round will move on to the page playoffs on Friday, 7 June. The Opening Ceremony will take place on Saturday, 2 June, at 5:00 p.m. local time.

Argentina will come into Monteria as the defending champion, winning the 2016 edition in Panama.

Subscribe to http://www.youtube.com/wbsc for alerts and updates on the live-stream schedule.

The full Opening Round schedule can be viewed here.

50 Days To Go! Groups, schedule unveiled for WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in Prince Albert, Canada

Marking 50 days prior to Opening Day, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the groups and a 54-game schedule for the XII WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, which will be staged from 7-15 July in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The 13 National Teams competing For the Title of World Champion have been drawn into two groups and will begin the global battle with a round robin.

Group A: No. 3 Japan, No. 4 Argentina, No. 5 Australia, No. 9 Mexico, No. 11 Denmark, No. 14 South Africa and No. 16 India.

Group B: No. 1 New Zealand, No. 2 Canada, No. 6 USA, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 15 Guatemala and No. 17 Hong Kong.

The top four nations from each group will advance to the playoffs.

The Guatemalan and Hong Kong Junior National Softball Teams will be making their historic World Championship debuts from Group B.

“This global showcase will feature the top young under-19 men’s softball players in the world and National Teams from five continents,” said WBSC Softball Division Chairman Tommy Velazquez. “The hosts in Prince Albert are ready to roll out an exciting world stage for these elite athletes, who will have 54 games to prove who’s the best in the world.”

The Organising Committee of the WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship 2018 Prince Albert said: “The host committee, along with the city of Prince Albert, is extremely excited to welcome the world in July! We are thrilled to be bringing world caliber softball to our city and province.”

There will be a total of seven games on Opening Day (Saturday, 7 July) at Prince Albert’s Max Power Ball Parks, with Mexico and Denmark’s 10:00 a.m. contest serving as the official opener.

Following the Opening Ceremony at 6:00 p.m, host nation Canada will take on cross-border rival United States at 7:30 p.m.

The World Championship Final will be played on Sunday, 15 July, at 3:00 p.m., following the bronze medal game at 12:00 p.m.

At the last WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship in 2016, Japan dethroned two-time defending World Champions Argentina.

Tickets sales for the tournament have been launched, with Early Bird specials now available. Children under the age of 12, accompanied by their parent, are free of charge.