WBSC 2022 U-15 Baseball World Cup: How to watch, highlights, preview

by Christina S. Brown
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This year’s U-15 Baseball World Cup will be taking place in Hermosillo, Mexico from August 26 to September 4. The event will be streamed live on the WBSC website, and viewers can expect to see some of the best young baseball players in the world competing for the title. Some of the countries that will be represented at this year’s tournament include USA, Japan, Korea, Cuba, and Taiwan.

The U-15 Baseball World Cup may also be followed by audiences all around the world via the WBSC’s unique online GameTime video channel.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today that the forthcoming VI WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which begins this Friday, August 26 in Hermosillo, Sonora, will be aired in five of the 13 participating countries, possibly reaching millions of spectators.

Estadio Sonora, one of two Hermosillo venues for the event, is where the Venezuela Baseball National team defeated Mexico in the final of the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in October last year. It is also the home of the Mexican Pacific League club Naranjeros de Hermosillo. The location of the second stadium for the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup has yet to be determined.

“Fans can look forward to welcoming more high class international baseball after last year’s successful WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon, Mexico,” WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari stated. “I’d like to thank Mexican President and WBSC Global Ambassador Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as well as Ana Guevara, Director General of the National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport (CONADE), for making this possible.”

The WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, which will take place in August/September, will kick off a trifecta of three must-see WBSC Baseball World Cups, with the U-18 and U-23 Baseball World Cups following in September and October.

The United States is the reigning U-15 World Champion, having defeated hosts Panama in 2018 final.

So far, the Czech Republic (world No. 14) and France (world No. 22) have qualified for the 2022 tournament. There will be teams from the Americas (5), Asia (2), Africa (1), Oceania (1), and a wild card.

The V U-15 Baseball World Cup was initially slated for 2020, however, it was canceled because to the COVID pandemic.

From 1989 until 2011, the WBSC (formerly the International Baseball Federation [IBAF]) hosted a U-16 (‘AA’) Baseball World Cup.

Networks and sports channels in the Americas and Asia are among the broadcast partners for the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup:

Mega Sports and TVC Deportes in Mexico
J Sports in Japan
Venezuelan broadcasters include ByM Sports, Simple TV, and Meridiano Televisión.
Cable in Panama Onda
Cartagena Canal, Colombia

The U-15 Baseball World Cup may also be followed by audiences all around the world via the WBSC’s unique online GameTime video channel. For the broadcast schedule as well as information on the available packages and bundles, go to gametime.sport (geo-blocking restrictions may apply).

From August 26 to 30, the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup will begin with a three-group Opening Round:

Mexico, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and the Czech Republic comprise Group A.
Group B consists of Panama, Japan, Colombia, and France.
Group C includes the United States, South Africa, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

The top two finishers in each group in the Opening Round will proceed to the Super Round, which will take place from August 31 to September 2.

The first and second-place Super Round finishers will fight for the U-15 Baseball World Title, while the third and fourth-place National Teams will compete for bronze. The Finals are set for September 4th.

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