Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier in Utrecht begins today!
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced today the schedule of the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier, to be held in Utrecht, Netherlands, from 23-27 July. All 16 games of the tournament will be live-streamed through the WBSC OTT Platform.
The top six European teams will face the best two African nations at the Sportpark de Paperclip in Utrecht, with an Olympic berth at stake. The eight participating teams were placed into two groups, after a draw held on Wednesday, 10 July at the WBSC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland:
Group A features host and world No. 10 Netherlands, No. 12 Great Britain, No. 28 South Africa and No. 35 Spain.
The top-ranked team in the tournament, No. 9 Italy, will compete in Group B along with No. 15 Czech Republic, No. 26 France and No. 43 Botswana.
The 12-game Opening Round will be played from 23-25 July. The top two teams in each of the two groups will be rewarded with a place in the Super Round, scheduled to be played on 26-27 July, carrying the result of the game played between each other. The top National Team in the tournament final standings will gain a berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The full game schedule, as well as all-tournament information, including rosters, stats, and standings of the WBSC Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier, is available at the official microsite of the tournament.
All 16 games to be live-streamed
The WBSC also announced today the streaming details for the Europe/Africa qualifier event for Tokyo 2020. A total of four takers from Europe and the Americas have partnered with the WBSC to broadcast the tournament in their respective territories.
The exclusive broadcast rights in Canada and the U.S. have been awarded to FloSports, while fans in Spain will be able to watch all the contests through La Liga Sports.
In addition, the WBSC has awarded Česká televize and SKY Italia the exclusive broadcasting rights in their countries to air the games featuring Czech Republic and Italy respectively.
In the rest of the world, all 16 games of the tournament will be available through the official WBSC OTT Platform. The event will also be available through the Olympic Channel, while fans from the rest of Europe will also be able to watch the games at baseballsoftball.tv.
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-WBSC press release-