WBSC Premier 12 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) organized by 12 countries and regions participating, WBSC was elected an international convention by the representative match scheduled to be held every four years baseball. The 1st tournament will be held in Taiwan in 2015 November.
- The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) after 2011 decided to abolish the then "Baseball World Cup" in favor of awarding the title of World Champion to the winner of the World Baseball Classic. In response to this the IBAF and World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) have decided to create new tournament to fill the void left by the World Cup and to create a senior level international competition between World Baseball Classics.
- Discussions for the participation of MLB players are on-going.
- The method of qualification for the Premier 12 (at least for the inaugural tournament in 2015) will be through the end of 2014 WBSC world rankings. There will be a prize of several million U.S. dollars total awarded to the winner. In addition it has been guaranteed from the WBSC the teams will not bear the participation costs of accommodation expenses, such as travel expenses.
- The IBAF performs in a round-robin(each 5 games) and is divided into two groups of six teams. A total of eight teams of the top four teams will make the tournament from the quarter-final match-up scheme.
- Venue of the 1st Congress initially | (round-robin in Taiwan and Japan, Final tournament in Japan) was scheduled to be held at any Japan in collaboration with the Taiwan , and WBSC Nippon Professional Baseball for negotiations by surface conditions (NPB) has difficulties, WBSC policy change is solely held in Taiwan. Was abandoned Japan held the NPB.
- If the "baseball-softball" competition becomes a part of the 2020 Summer Olympics, the Olympic qualifying tournament will be the 2019 Premier 12.
- Coverage of the IBAF announced later, world baseball softball more it has been referred to as "WBSC Premier 12" by the launch of the Federation.
See also Edit
- IBAF Congress approves new Format of International Tournaments Official IBAF Website
- ‘Premier12’ Elite Baseball World Championship to be Launched in 2015 Official IBAF Website