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Global growth: 2021 European Baseball Championship to expand from 12 to 16 nations

Global growth: 2021 European Baseball Championship to expand from 12 to 16 nations
02/12/2020
The Men's and U-18 European Baseball Championships will be held in Italy. Belgium was awarded the hosting rights for for the U-12 European Championship, while Slovakia and Czech Republic will co-host the U-15 European Championship.

The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) confirmed the continent's 2021 championship calendar, which include qualifiers for the WBSC U-12 and U-18 Baseball World Cups.

The Region of Piemonte, northwestern Italy, will host next September the 2021 European Baseball Championship, which will expand the continent's top competition from 12 to 16 nations. The 12 national teams in the 2019 edition have been granted automatic entry for the 2021 tournament. Four National Teams will come out of the qualifiers scheduled between June and July in Moscow (Russia), Utena (Lithuania), Beograd (Serbia) and Bratislava (Slovakia).

Italy will also host the U-18 European Baseball Championship. The tournament, a qualifier for the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2021, is scheduled from 5 to 11 July in Macerata and Montegranaro, Marche Region.

Mortsel (Belgium) earned the hosting rights of the U-12 European Championship, a qualifier for the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2021. The tournament is scheduled from 6 to 10 July.

Trnava (Slovakia) and Brno (Czech Republic) will host in July the U-15 European Championship. This edition of the tournament is a qualifier to the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2022. Germany and Italy qualified for the 2020 edition, that has been postponed to March 2021 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

CEB also awarded the hosting right of the second Women's European Baseball Championship. The tournament is scheduled from 28 to 31 July in Montpellier, France. The tournament is a qualifier to the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup 2022.