Countdown to U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 IWAKI, JAPAN hits 100 days
"For the Title of World Champion" named Official Slogan of the Baseball World Cups

LAUSANNE, Switzerland?April 20, 2016 - The World Baseball Softball Confederation today announced the groups and Official Look of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016, which is set to open in 100 days, on 29 July, in Iwaki, Japan.

The 12 nations that have qualified into the III U-15 Baseball World Cup have been drawn into two Opening Round groups of six:
Group A Group B
No. 1 Japan No. 2 United States
No 4. South Korea No. 3 Chinese Taipei
No. 5 Cuba No. 6 Venezuela
No. 13 Australia No. 7 Mexico
No. 16 Czech Republic No. 17 Panama
No. 20 Colombia No. 30 New Zealand

Group A features defending U-15 Baseball World Cup 2014 champions Cuba and also No. 20 Colombia from the Americas, world No. 1 Japan and No. 4 South Korea out of Asia, No. 13 Australia - Oceania's top-ranked nation, and No. 16 Czech Republic - Europe's third-highest ranked nation.

Group B features four nations from the Americas in No 2. United States, No. 6 Venezuela - the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2014 silver and bronze medallists, respectively - and No. 7 Mexico and No. 17 Panama. No. 3 Chinese Taipei (the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2012 bronze medallist) out of Asia and No. 30 New Zealand out of Oceania complete the group. Venezuela's U-15 National Team won the inaugural U-15 Baseball World Cup 2012 in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Only the top three nations from each group will advance and battle each other in the phase two Super Round for a spot in the finals (Third/Fourth Place match and U-15 World Championship Final).The competition schedule will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

With the most recent release of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings, the U-15 Baseball World Cup in Iwaki is set to be the most elite U-15 competition on record and will feature the top ranked nations in baseball, including the world's Nos. 1-7.

The winner of the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 will be awarded 440 world ranking points.

Official Look of the U-15 Baseball World Cup Unveiled

The Official Look and core visual elements of the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup were revealed, complementing the recently designed Official Emblem. The visual identity aims to reflect a modern and powerful youth world championship brand, which also serves to reinforce and fit within an overall branding system of all WBSC Baseball World Cups and the flagship Premier12. The logo and core assets were designed by the British firm, WORKS.

New Official Slogan of Baseball's World Cups

WBSC has rolled out the first-ever Official Slogan of the Baseball World Cup platforms: "For the Title of World Champion". The tagline will form a central and unified theme across the branding strategy and the merchandising/licensing of all Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23, and Women's).