World Baseball Classic Qualifier
Watch 12 top baseball-playing countries reach for greatness in Tucson, March 13-25, 2020!
World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round at Kino Sports Complex
Who will advance to the world's premier international baseball tournament? Find out in Tucson, March 13-25, 2020!
Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand-new game?
The best baseball-playing nations on Earth are gearing up for the 2021 World Baseball Classic, a major sporting event worldwide modeled on the FIFA World Cup. And the qualifying rounds to determine who will play in this premier international pro baseball tournament will be held at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, March 13-25.
Fans can expect amazing plays from high-caliber athletes, a spirit of global sportsmanship, and some bat flips, secret hand signals and dugout dances.
The Tucson qualifier will showcase 12 countries in two pools of six teams each. Each pool will feature a nine-game double elimination round with the top two teams from each pool advancing — four teams (the winner and the runner-up from each of the two pools) will qualify for the 2021 World Baseball Classic. The first pool will take place March 13 to 18 and the second from March 20 to 25.
Cheer on these international teams! Here are the two pools, the list of teams invited to participate, and game schedules:
POOL 1: March 13 – 18
- Republic of South Africa
POOL 1 Game Day Schedule:
March 13-15 and March 17: Game 1 at 12:30 p.m. and Game 2 at 7:30 p.m.
March 18: Pool 1 Championship at 6 p.m.
POOL 2: March 20 – 25
- Czech Republic
- Great Britain
- New Zealand
POOL 2 Game Day Schedule:
March 20-22 and March 24: Game 1 at 12:30 p.m. and Game 2 at 7:30 p.m.
March 25: Pool 2 Championship at 6 p.m.
The 2021 WBC will feature 20 national teams, including 16 teams that received automatic invitations to the WBC 2021 tournament based on their performance at the most recent game in 2017. The United States is the reigning champion, beating Puerto Rico in 2017 in Los Angeles. The U.S. team has already qualified for the 2021 tourney, along with Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela.
The WBC is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), as the sport's official National Team World Championship, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. Find WBC frequently asked questions (FAQs) here.
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If you enjoy the WBC 2021 Qualifier in Tucson, come back in March for the Tucson Invitational Games and in October for the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta - there's always a party on the field and in the stands!
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