WHITEHORSE, YK, Canada -- The preliminary stage at the 2017 WBSC Men's Softball World Championship has concluded, leaving eight teams remaining in the hunt for the Gold Medal.
Following the seven-day round robin pool stage in the men's international softball flagship event, eight nations (the top four nations from each pool) have advanced into a Double-Page Playoff beginning tomorrow, 14 July, to determine the 2017 Men's Softball World Champion.
The national teams to survive through into the Playoffs include:
- No. 1 New Zealand
- No. 2 Japan
- No. 3 Argentina
- No. 4 Canada
- No. 5 Australia
- No. 6 USA
- No. 7 Venezuela
- No. 19 Botswana
The bottom four teams in each pool have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue in the Placement Round to determine final standing.
The 16 participating national teams in the WBSC Men's Softball World Championship represent a global reach that spans across all regions -- Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania -- and will play 76 games in total before a World Champion is crowned.
The gold medal game will take centre stage on 16 July at 16:00, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 13:00.
Continued coverage of the 2017 Men's Softball World Championship is available via worldsoftball.tv. Play-by-play can be followed via www.wbsc.org.
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WBSC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017
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WBSC Men's Softball World Championship
Whitehorse, Canada - 7 to 16 Jul #WBSCMens2017
WBSC U-19 Junior Women's Softball World Championship
Clearwater, FL, USA - 24 to 30 Jul #2017JWWC
WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
Tainan, Chinese Taipei - 28 Jul to 6 Aug #U12WorldCup
WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
Thunder Bay, Canada - 1 to 10 Sept #U18WorldCup
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 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 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 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: www.wbsc.org