International Rotation Set for 2022 Little League Baseball® World Series Expansion Teams; Dates Announced for 2023 LLWS Events

International Region Rotation Plan

During the annual fall meeting of the Little League® International Board of Directors, the first two international expansion teams who will earn direct entry to the 2022 Little League Baseball® World Series (LLBWS) were announced, and the official dates for the 2023 Little League World Series (LLWS) were established.

2022 International Expansion Team Rotation

Announced in August 2019, the LLBWS expansion will add two additional teams from the United States and two international teams to increase the total number of participating teams to 20 starting in 2022. For the international teams, a three-year rotation for direct entry into the LLBWS will be established between Cuba, Panama, and Puerto Rico, with two teams earning an automatic bid to the tournament each year and the remaining team competing through its respective regional tournament. Outside of those countries who already receive direct entry into the LLBWS, these three countries have the largest number of local Little League teams, which was the main factor in determining the expansion teams.

Chosen at random by Antonio Gonzalez, departing Latin America Region field director of the Little League International Board of Directors, and Serafin Gomez III, the newly elected Latin America Region field director, the two teams to receive an automatic entry into the 2022 LLBWS will be Panama and Puerto Rico. Based on this random selection, the LLBWS international pairings of the newly added teams for 2022, 2023, and 2024 will be as follows:

  • 2022 LLBWS: Panama and Puerto Rico
  • 2023 LLBWS: Panama and Cuba
  • 2024 LLBWS: Puerto Rico and Cuba

Puerto Rico, home to the Latin America Region Little League headquarters, has sent 11 teams to the LLBWS since 1959, the last time in 2018 with Radames Lopez Little League from Guayama. Panama was one of the first countries outside of the U.S. to have Little League programs, with leagues on either end of the Panama Canal starting in 1950, and has sent a total of 10 teams to the LLBWS since 1984, most recently in 2018 with Vacamonte Little League out of Arraijan. After signing an agreement to affiliate with Little League in March 2019, Cuba was able to send its first Little League team to the Caribbean Region Tournament, advancing to the championship game before falling to eventual LLBWS International Champion, Curaçao.

More information about the expansion of the LLBWS, as well as the expansion at the Little League Softball® World Series, can be found at LittleLeague.org/Expansion.

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2023 Little League® World Series Dates

In addition to the international rotation for 2022, below are the official dates for all seven Little League World Series events over the next three years, including the newly announced 2023 dates:

Little League Baseball® World Series

Eligible Age: 10- to 12-year-olds
Location: South Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Volunteer Stadium & Howard J. Lamade Stadium); 62nd Season in South Williamsport; 74th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: Southwest Region – Eastbank Little League (River Ridge, La.)

  • 2021 Dates: August 19-29
  • 2022 Dates: August 17-28
  • 2023 Dates: August 16-27

Little League® Intermediate (50/70) Baseball World Series

Eligible Age: 11- to 13-year-olds
Location: Livermore, California (Max Baer Park); 8th Season in Livermore; 8th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: Southeast Region – McCalla (Ala.) Little League

  • 2021 Dates: August 1-8
  • 2022 Dates: July 31 to August 7
  • 2023 Dates: July 30 to August 6

Junior League Baseball World Series

Eligible Age: 12- to 14-year-olds
Location: Taylor, Michigan (Heritage Park); 40th Season in Taylor; 40th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: West Region – Golden Hill Little League (Fullerton, Calif.)

  • 2021 Dates: August 15-22
  • 2022 Dates: August 14-21
  • 2023 Dates: August 13-20

Senior League Baseball World Series

Eligible Age: 13– to 16-year-olds
Location: Easley, South Carolina (Easley Recreation Complex); 4th Season in Easley; 60th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: West Region – Central East Maui Little League (Wailuku, Hawaii)

  • 2021 Dates: July 31 to August 7
  • 2022 Dates: July 30 to August 6
  • 2023 Dates: July 29 to August 5

Little League Softball® World Series

Eligible Age: 10- to 12-year-olds
Location: Greenville, North Carolina (Stallings Stadium); 1st Season in Greenville; 47th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: Southeast Region – Rowan Little League (Salisbury, N.C.)

  • 2021 Dates: August 11-18
  • 2022 Dates: August 10-16
  • 2023 Dates: August 9-15

Junior League Softball World Series

Eligible Age: 12- to 14-year-olds
Location: Kirkland, Washington (Everest Park); 22nd Season in Kirkland; 22nd Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: Southeast Region – Tampa Bay/Interbay (Fla.) Little Leagues

  • 2021 Dates: August 1-7
  • 2022 Dates: July 31 to August 6
  • 2023 Dates: July 30 to August 5

Senior League Softball World Series

Eligible Age: 13- to 16-year-olds
Location: Sussex County, Delaware (Lower Sussex Little League Complex); 20th Season in Lower Sussex; 45th Season Overall in 2021
2019 Champion: Southwest Region – Texas District 9 Little League (Waco, Texas)

  • 2021 Dates: August 2-8
  • 2022 Dates: August 1-7
  • 2023 Dates: July 31 to August 6

All the information around each of the seven Little League World Series events, as well as their respective region tournaments, can be found at LittleLeague.org/WorldSeries.