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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.

50 Days To First-Ever WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Europe

Today marks 50 days before the first pitch of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019, the world’s highest-level softball competition, which will be played in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic.

The pinnacle men’s softball event will be played for the first time ever in Europe and will open on 13 June, World Softball Day.

The best 16 softball teams in the world will gather in the Czech Republic to battle For the Title of World Champion.

A 72-game schedule was announced for the global competition, with National Teams coming from all five Olympic continents.

Group A

Group A houses defending world champion/top-ranked New Zealand along with No. 3 Japan, No. 5 Argentina, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 9 Mexico, No. 13 Botswana, No. 17 Philippines and No. 24 Cuba.
All eight nations in the group have previously advanced to the playoffs at least one time in the past 15 editions; however, New Zealand has been the only squad able to claim the World Championship. The New Zealand Black Sox are the most decorated National Team in history with a total of seven world crowns.

New Zealand will open the tournament against host Czech Republic on Thursday, 13 June, at Svoboda Ballpark in Prague, after the Opening Ceremony, in the only game of the day. The other six teams will open one day later, at Hippos Arena in Havlickuv Brod.

Group B

Group B features No. 2 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 6 USA, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 11 Denmark, No. 12 South Africa, No. 19 Netherlands and No. 22 Singapore.
This Group showcases the other three nations that have won it all: USA (5), Canada (4) and Australia (1).

Group B action opens on Friday, 14 June at Svoboda Ballpark in Prague.

Playoff system

The top four teams in each group will advance to the playoffs in a single elimination bracket, starting on 21 June. The group winners will crossover with the fourth placed team from the opposite group; while second and third teams of both pools will compete each other to advance to the semifinals, slated to be played on 22 June.
The Bronze Medal Game and the World Championship Final will take place on 23 June in Prague.

You can see the full schedule in the official tournament’s website (to see the schedule in Czech language, visit prague2019.com).

The tickets for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 are already on sale via GoOut.

WBSC Reveals Groups, Schedule For Men’s Softball World Championship 2019

World Baseball Softball Confederation, WBSC, XVI WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019,

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the group draw and a 72-game schedule for the XVI WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 — the highest-level softball competition on the planet — which will be held from 13-23 June in the Czech cities of Prague and Havlickuv Brod.

The groups showcase National Teams coming from all five Olympic continents, highlighting softball’s ongoing global development and reach.

Global Groups

Group A features world No. 1 New Zealand, No. 3 Japan, No. 5 Argentina, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 9 Mexico, No. 13 Botswana, No. 17 Philippines and No. 24 Cuba.

Group B includes No. 2 Canada, No. 4 Australia, No. 6 USA, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 11 Denmark, No. 12 South Africa, No. 19 Netherlands and No. 22 Singapore.

“Having teams from every continent in each of the two groups is another manifestation of men’s softball’s global impact, and how WBSC softball competitions are embraced all around the world”, said WBSC Softball Division Chairman, Tommy Velazquez. “Staging the first ever flagship men’s softball world championship in Europe is just another step in the WBSC strategy to expand softball across the planet, and strengthen the game as a true worldwide, massive sport, both in men and women’s branch.”

72-Game Schedule

The men’s softball pinnacle tournament will feature 72 games across 11 days of competition, before crowning the best softball team in the world.

Following the Opening Ceremony on 13 June at 18:00 local time, host Czech Republic and defending world champion New Zealand will officially open the global tournament.

The World Championship Finale is slated to be played on 23 June at 19:30, following the bronze medal match at 16:30.

After the Opening Round, the top four teams of each group will advance to the playoffs to battle For the Title of World Champion in an eight-team, single-elimination bracket.

To view the full schedule-as well as all tournament information, including rosters, stats and standings-of the WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship (MSWC) 2019, visit the official tournament website at mswc.wbsc.org.

100 Days to WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Prague…

100 Days to WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship in Prague and Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic!

Men’s Softball flagship event will open on 13 June: World Softball Day!

Today marks 100 days before the start of the XVI WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, the top competition in men’s softball, which opens on Thursday, 13 June, also known as World Softball Day.

This edition of the men’s softball pinnacle event, hosted in collaboration with the Czech Softball Association (CSA), also marks the first time it will be held in Europe.

The best men’s softball teams in the world will battle at the newly renovated Svoboda Ballpark in Prague and Hippos Arena in Havlickuv Brod. Sixteen National Teams touching all five Olympic continents will compete For the Title of World Champion in the heart of Europe:

Africa (2): No. 12 South Africa, No. 13 Botswana.
Americas (6): No. 2 Canada, No. 5 Argentina, No. 6 United States, No. 8 Venezuela, No. 9 Mexico, No. 24 Cuba (wild card).
Asia (3): No. 3 Japan, No. 17 Philippines, No. 22 Singapore.
Europe (3): No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 11 Denmark, No. 19 Netherlands.
Oceania (2): No. 1 New Zealand, No. 4 Australia

Fans around the world can purchase tickets through GoOut, one of Czech Republic’s the top online ticketing platforms.

New Zealand will be the defending champion in Czech Republic. In Whitehorse 2017 the Black Sox clinched a record-setting seventh world championship, with a sensational come-from-behind victory over Australia, 6-4, in the final.

The official game schedule and streaming details of the XVI WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship 2019 will be revealed in upcoming releases.