LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) unveiled the 2017 end-of-the-year standings in the Official WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings Presented by ENEOS.
National Team softball competitions experienced record levels in 2017, with 13 new nations (Turkey for Europe) earning ranking points for the first time, expanding the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings Presented by ENEOS from 21 nations to 34, marking an increase of 62% from 2016.
All of the five Olympic continents — Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania — had at least one representative within the Top 12 (The Czech Republic and Denmark for Europe). Softball/baseball is the only team sport to have such a global spread atop of the rankings. Of the 34 nations currently ranked, only 7 remained in the same position from 2016, while 6 improved their position.
n.7 - The Czech Republic
n.11 - Denmark
n.13 - Great Britain
n.19 - The Netherlands
n.20 - Turkey
n.21 - Israel
Learn more at the WBSC website.