Today is World Softball Day and the WBSC Men's Softball World Championship is opening!

13 June 2019

PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- 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.

How to Follow

All 72 games of the WBSC Men's Softball World Championship will be live-streamed at (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

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.

Men's Softball World Championship preview: Three champions to battle in Group B

12 June 2019

Group B of the WBSC Men's Softball World Championship will feature an interesting battle among some of the most historic teams in the world. Starting on Friday, world No. 2 Canada, Australia (4), USA (6), Venezuela (8), Denmark (11), South Africa (12), Netherlands (19) and Singapore (22) will battle in Group B to become one of the eight top teams in the world.

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WBSC awards broadcast rights across 80+ territories for 2018 Women’s Softball World Championship/2020 Olympic Qualifier. All 73 games of the Women’s Softball World Championship will be live-streamed by WBSC and WBSC’s partners

CHIBA, Japan – 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-stream rights across 42 European territories and will provide blanket coverage via its leading OTT platform at

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

FloSports ( 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 (< href="""> 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 is available in six languages (English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese).

WBSC YouTube channel to showcase all 54 games of Jr. Men's Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada

LAUSANNE- Switzerland - 28 June 2018

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced that all 54 games of the XII WBSC Junior Men's Softball World Championship 2018 in Prince Albert, Canada, will be live-streamed and available to audiences worldwide for free through the Official WBSC YouTube Channel at

Thirteen National Teams from the five Olympic continents will be a part of the global battle in Prince Albert, with Guatemala and Hong Kong making their historic debuts.

"The WBSC Junior Men's Softball World Championship 2018 is the world's top men's softball competition on this year's international calendar, and we are excited to showcase this global event exclusively through the WBSC YouTube Channel," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. "With this strategy we raise awareness of our sport's growing global footprint, while connecting with more fans and new followers around the world through this engaging live content."

The WBSC Junior Men's Softball World Championship 2018 opens Saturday, 7 July, at 10:00 a.m. local time, with Denmark versus Mexico (Group A) serving as the group-stage opener of the global tournament.

For the Opening Round of the Junior Men's Softball World Championship, production across the two main venues will feature three cameras, with production expanded to four cameras for the final four playoff games. All games will feature running commentary in English.

The nations competing For the Title of World Champion have been drawn into two groups:

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 United States, No. 7 Czech Republic, No. 15 Guatemala and No. 17 Hong Kong.

The top four nations from each group will advance to the playoffs, which begin on 13 July.

Japan will head to Prince Albert as the defending World Champion, after going undefeated two years ago in Midland, USA, and defeating New Zealand in a thrilling 2-1 World Championship Finale.

For media inquiries, contact, @WBSC.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 202 National Federation and Associate Members in 143 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Cups, Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

For more information, visit, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.

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Mashilo Matsetela
Trevor Mogale
Trevor Mogale
Vice President
Sharon West
Sharon West
Vice President
John Legodi
John Legodi
Sandra Sewell
Sandra Sewell
Chairperson (Masters)
Thelma Achilles
Thelma Achilles
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