LAUSANNE, Switzerland: The WBSC – World Baseball Softball Confederation unveiled the groups and tournament bracket for the first-ever WBSC U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup 2020.
The event is to be held from 22 February to 1 March at Colquhoun Park in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Group A has the defending champion and world No. 4 Australia, along with No. 2 Canada, No. 5 Argentina, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 12 South Africa and No. 22 Singapore.
Group B includes host and world number 1 New Zealand, No. 3 Japan, No. 6 USA (wild card), No. 9 Mexico, No. 11 Denmark and No. 15 Guatemala.
The top three teams from Group A will play the top three teams from Group B in the Super Round; with the top two nations in the standings after the Super Round meeting in the Final match For the title of World Champion on Sunday, 1st March.
With all 12 national teams confirmed for Palmerston North, the WBSC presented the new logo and visual identity of the U-18 Men’s Softball World Cup, a new step in the rebranding process of the softball world championships into Softball World Cups across all men and women’s platforms and age-groups.
WBSC Softball Chairman, Tommy Velazquez stated that “This brand new event will be a milestone for men’s softball history. Not only for the new age bracket or the new look and feel of the event, but also because, for the first time ever, nine teams have qualified for the World Cup through continental events, boosting the youth men’s softball competition in every corner of the planet.”
The official game schedule will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
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