European Baseball Championship to expand to 16 teams starting with the 2021 edition
On Monday, August 17, 2020, the Division Board for Baseball of the World
Baseball and Softball Confederation – Europe (WBSC Europe) granted the hosting
rights of the European Baseball Championships 2021 to Italy. The event will
take place in September 2021 in the Piemont region.
The tournament will be co-hosted by the cities of Torino, Avigliana and Settimo Torinese and will host 16 national teams in a new championship format. For the first time in over 21 years, Italy will host a European Baseball Championship on the seniors level. The last time Torino hosted a major international event was in 2009, when Stadio Passo Buole was a venue for the Baseball World Cup and hosted two games in front of a sell-out crowd. All venues fulfill the requested standard, while further upgrades of the facilities will be supported by the municipal administrations of the hosting cities.
With the historic expansion of the format, for the first time ever, 16 teams will compete for the title of European Champion. The Executive Board and the Technical Commission for Baseball Europe are finalizing the format for the 16-team-tournament within the next weeks. Also the qualification format for the additional teams, which aren’t qualified yet, will be announced at a later point in time.
- Didier Seminet – Co-President of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation - Europe (WBSC Europe)
“I would like to congratulate Italy for being awarded with the organizing rights of the 2021 European Baseball Championship. I'm delighted to see Italy, one of European Baseball's pillars, organizing our premiere event for the first time since 1999.
I also would like to emphasize how the organization of the 2021 European Baseball Championship in the Torino region, one of the hardest hit of the continent by the Covid-19, will demonstrate Italy's capacity to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. I'm very much looking forward to the 36th edition of the European Baseball in Italy !”
- Andrea Marcon – President of the Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (FIBS)
“This award marks Italy's come back to the top of our disciplines not only in sport achievements, but also at the organizational level. 2021 will be a year in which our country will be the undisputed center of the European movement, hosting a series of events, the European Softball Championship and the U18 European Baseball Championship above all, that will not only emphasize the enthusiasm of our operators and supporters, but also will turn into the tool to 'capture' many others.”
About the European Baseball Championship
The event is the premiere event for Baseball in Europe, gathering the best national teams of the continent. The tournament is played since 1954, while the event in Piemont will be the 36th edition of the contest. The Netherlands won the most title (23), followed by Italy (10).
About the World Baseball and Softball Confederation – Europe (WBSC Europe)
WBSC Europe is the European governing body of Baseball, Softball and all National Team & Club competitions.
WBSC Europe was established on February 10th, 2018 during an extraordinary congress of the Confederation of European Baseball and the European Softball Federation in Val d’Europe, France. Walking in the footsteps of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, Europe became the first continent to merge its baseball and softball organizations into one single entity. Both disciplines are organized as divisions within WBSC Europe and are run by division boards for both, Softball and Baseball. WBSC Europe has 43 National Federations.