8 teams, 16 games beginning May 31 in Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach, Florida
Tournament winner earns berth to Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo
Team USA, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Venezuela
All games streaming live in English and Spanish
ESPN+ will stream all 16 games of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualifier live from Port St. Lucie and Palm Beach, Florida, beginning Monday, May 31, and continuing through the final Super Round game on Saturday, June 5. The winner of the eight-team tournament will earn one of six spots at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, in July and August.
The national teams of the United States, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela will play three round-robin games in the opening group round, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the Super Round on June 4 and 5. The team with the best record at the conclusion of the Super Round will earn the berth to Tokyo, and the 2nd and 3rd place teams will join Australia, Netherlands, and Chinese Taipei at the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Taiwan, June 16-20. The Final Qualifier will determine the last team to earn a spot at the Summer Games. Japan, South Korea, Israel, and Mexico have already qualified to compete in Tokyo.
“The WBSC is thrilled to partner with the leading sports streaming service, ESPN+, to showcase international baseball at its best and bring it to sports fans across the U.S.,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “This partnership with ESPN is a natural fit and will best deliver the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to English and Spanish speaking audiences, who are some of our sport’s most passionate fans.”
“We could not be happier to bring the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier to fans on ESPN+,” said Tim Bunnell, senior vice president, programming and acquisitions, ESPN. “With eight of the top teams in the world playing for a single spot in Tokyo this summer, we know the competition will be intense and entertaining for every baseball fan in the U.S.”
2021 WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier Schedule
Groups and Current WBSC World Ranking
|Group A||Group B|
|No. 2 USA (host)
||No. 7 Cuba
|No. 10 Dominican Republic
||No. 8 Venezuela
|No. 11 Puerto Rico
||No. 13 Canada
|No. 15 Nicaragua
||No. 14 Colombia
Group Round Robin
All games will be streamed live in English and Spanish.
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