Groups of upcoming European Championship

Baseball EC 2019
If everything had happened according to the original schedule, the European Championship would have been played this year. But with baseball becoming an Olympic Sport in Japan, the WBSC Europe (former CBE) decided to push back the tournament so it can serve as pre-qualifier for the Olympic Games. The tournament will be played in 2019 now.

The Dutch national team will be in group A together with Great Britain, Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany and perhaps Austria. Recently the Austrians earned promotion to the A group of the European Championship. But it is not clear yet in which group the newest country will be placed.

Group B will contain Italy, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, France and perhaps Austria.

The Dutch will open the tournament with a game vs Great Britain on Saturday, September 7. The next day, the Dutch will face the Czech Republic. On Monday, September 9, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face Sweden. On Tuesday, the Dutch will face tournament host Germany and if Austria will be added to group A, the final game of the round robin will be played on Wednesday, September 11.

Playing locations will be the home fields of the Bonn Capitals and the Solingen Alligators. The ballpark of the Bonn Capitals contains two full-size baseball fields which allow four games to be played in Bonn per day during the round robin. In Solingen, two games per day will be played during the round robin. All games of the semi-final and the final will be played in Bonn.

As stated in the prologue, the 2019 European Championship will serve as pre-qualifier for the 2020 games. The WBSC has appointed only one spot to Europe. Even if the Kingdom of the Netherlands would win the Premier 12 tournament, it will not get a ticket for the 2020 Olympics. The first five spots of the 2019 European Championship grant a spot in the Olympic Qualifier that likely will be played in Spain, early 2020. The sixth spot of that tournament goes to the African Champion.

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