Before the next Men’s World Championship becomes true in 2019, men’s fastpitch fans can get warmed up thanks to a unique event. Each continent has chosen its representative to compete at the Intercontinental Cup this summer: August 28 – September 1. This event will feature many of the men’s softball world’s top players.
The tournament will consist of seven teams:
New Zealand (no.1) – representative of Oceania
Japan (no.3) – representative of Asia
Argentina (no.4) – representative of South America
USA (no.6) – representative of North America
The Czech Republic (no.7) – host
Denmark (no.11) – representative of Europe
Botswana (no.12) – representative of Africa
The Intercontinental Cup will be held in Prague, the Czech Republic at the same place where the WBSC Men’s World Championship is going to be played in 2019. “This event is a great opportunity for us as the future organizers of the Worlds to make sure that everything will work as we expect it to. At the same time, the Intercontinental Cup is an important part of the promotional campaign leading towards the Worlds in 2019, “ says Gabriel Waage, president of Czech Softball.
All games will be streamed live by Playo.tv, an experienced company who has been broadcasting European Championships and Cups for more than five years now. Each continent will be able to follow their representative throughout the whole tournament. Some of the games will also be televised by the Czech National TV.
There has never been an event like this in softball. Six continents, five days, one venue, thousands of fans. The aim is to make this a regular event, which may be organized in the years when Men’s Worlds or World Games do not take place.
There is even more what will make this tournament unique: New Zealand’s Black Sox – the World Champions will play a game against Team Europe – a selection of the best men’s fastpitch players from all over Europe. In addition, European Men’s Super Cup will follow the Intercontinental Cup right away (Prague, September 3 – 8), the fans can extend their stay in the Czech Republic to watch the best European clubs compete for the European Super Cup. This tournament, too, is expected to be on the top level as some of the players from the Intercontinental Cup may appear on rosters.
Prague is ready to welcome fans from all around the Globe. Come to Prague to watch the World’s best men’s fastpitch!