Top 20 rankings as of December 2021
Men's baseball[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady Japan Japan 3752
2 Increase 1 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 3321
3 Decrease 1 South Korea South Korea 3137
4 Increase 1 Mexico Mexico 2722
5 Decrease 1 United States United States 2445
6 Increase 4 Venezuela Venezuela 2255
7 Decrease 1 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic 2235
8 Steady Netherlands Netherlands 2058
9 Increase 2 Cuba Cuba 1692
10 Decrease 3 Australia Australia 1610
11 Increase 4 Colombia Colombia 1346
12 Decrease 3 Canada Canada 1336
13 Steady Panama Panama 1230
14 Increase 2 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1091
15 Decrease 1 Nicaragua Nicaragua 1035
16 Decrease 4 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 1022
17 Steady Italy Italy 971
18 Steady Germany Germany 952
19 Steady Spain Spain 749
20 Increase 4 Israel Israel 659
Women's softball[2]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase 1 United States United States 3510
2 Decrease 1 Japan Japan 3052
3 Steady Canada Canada 2631
4 Steady Mexico Mexico 2416
5 Steady Puerto Rico Puerto Rico 2378
6 Steady Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei 2313
7 Increase 1 Italy Italy 1730
8 Increase 1 Australia Australia 1627
9 Decrease 2 China China 1631
10 Steady Netherlands Netherlands 1585
11 Increase 2 Czech Republic Czech Republic 1255
12 Increase 3 United Kingdom Great Britain 753
13 Decrease 1 Philippines Philippines 741
14 Decrease 3 Venezuela Venezuela 728
15 Increase 1 New Zealand New Zealand 704
16 Decrease 2 Brazil Brazil 673
17 Increase 2 Spain Spain 542
18 Increase 2 France France 524
19 Increase 2 Republic of Ireland Ireland 484
20 Increase 1 Israel Israel 472

The WBSC World Rankings is a ranking system for national teams in baseball and softball. The teams of the member nations of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), baseball's world governing body, are ranked based on their tournament results with the most successful teams being ranked highest. A point system is used, with points being awarded based on the results of WBSC-recognized international tournaments. Under the existing system, rankings are based on a team's performance over the last four years, with major international tournaments awarded a higher weighting compared to minor international and continental tournaments.

Four rankings are published by the WBSC, they are: Men's Baseball, Women's Baseball, Women's Softball, and Men's Softball.

History

In January 2009, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) first published a listing in rank order of its member associations to provide a basis for comparison of the relative strengths of these teams. Though primarily focused on the respective men's senior teams of member nations, the current ranks also include points awarded based on results at the IBAF 'AAA' (Under 18) Junior and 'AA' (Under 16) Youth Championships held during the tracking period. As a result from the merger with softball in 2013, the WBSC is also responsible for ranking international men's and women's softball teams.[3] Beginning in 2015, the rankings also determine which twelve teams participate in the WBSC Premier12 tournament.

Men's

Baseball

Men's ranking leaders

WBSC World Men's Ranking Leaders
Teams ranking in the top five
Date First Second Third Fourth Fifth
31 December 2012  Cuba  United States  Japan  South Korea  Chinese Taipei
31 December 2014  Japan  United States  Cuba  Chinese Taipei  Netherlands
31 December 2016  Japan  United States  South Korea  Chinese Taipei  Cuba
25 September 2018  United States  Japan  South Korea  Cuba  Chinese Taipei
17 December 2018  Japan  United States  South Korea  Chinese Taipei  Cuba
31 December 2019  Japan  United States  South Korea  Chinese Taipei  Mexico
18 March 2020  Japan  United States  South Korea  Chinese Taipei  Mexico
28 June 2021  Japan  Chinese Taipei  South Korea  United States  Mexico
11 August 2021  Japan  South Korea  Chinese Taipei  United States  Mexico
31 December 2021  Japan  Chinese Taipei  South Korea  Mexico  United States

The latest rankings of March 2020 saw a record 86 nations earning rankings.[4]

Best Movers

Top five movers per ranking
Date First Second Third Fourth Fifth
31 December 2014  Israel  Curaçao  Iran  Slovenia  Austria
31 December 2016  Guatemala  Slovakia  Sweden  Poland  Lithuania
25 September 2018  Israel  Indonesia  El Salvador  Sri Lanka  Honduras
17 December 2018  Curaçao  U.S. Virgin Islands  Aruba  South Africa  Venezuela
31 December 2019  American Samoa  Guam  Greece  Great Britain  Spain
18 March 2020  Guam  El Salvador  New Zealand  Honduras  Peru
28 June 2021   Switzerland  Honduras  Indonesia  Aruba  Nigeria
11 August 2021  Slovenia  Ireland  Croatia  Uganda  American Samoa
31 December 2021  Sweden  Hungary  Croatia  Great Britain  Venezuela

Softball

Top 20 rankings as of 31 May 2022[5]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase 1  Argentina 3262
2 Decrease 1  Japan 2727
3 Increase 3  Canada 2408
4 Decrease 1  Australia 2304
5 Decrease 1  Czech Republic 2228
6 Decrease 1  New Zealand 2065
7 Steady  United States 2032
8 Steady  Mexico 1734
9 Increase 2  Venezuela 1135
10 Decrease 1  Denmark 1131
11 Decrease 1  South Africa 1060
12 Increase 2  Cuba 1048
13 Decrease 1  Guatemala 954
14 Increase 1  Netherlands 594
15 Decrease 1  Singapore 548
16 Steady  India 384
17 Increase 1  Botswana 367
18 Increase 1  Croatia 284
19 Increase 1  Israel 261
20 Increase 15  Dominican Republic 223

Women's

Softball

Women's ranking leaders

WBSC World Women's Ranking Leaders
Teams ranking in the top five
Date First Second Third Fourth Fifth
31 December 2016  Japan  United States  Canada  Australia  New Zealand
17 December 2018  United States  Japan  Canada  Puerto Rico  Mexico
31 December 2019  United States  Japan  Canada  Puerto Rico  Mexico
1 January 2020  United States  Japan  Canada  Puerto Rico  Mexico
28 June 2021  United States  Japan  Canada  Puerto Rico  Mexico
11 August 2021  Japan  United States  Canada  Mexico  Puerto Rico
31 December 2021  United States  Japan  Canada  Mexico  Puerto Rico

Softball saw a ranking featuring 69 countries in March 2020.[2]

Best Movers

Top five movers per ranking
Date First Second Third Fourth Fifth
17 December 2018  South Africa  Ireland  India  Mexico  Dominican Republic
31 December 2019  Belgium  Germany  Poland  Spain  Ireland
28 June 2021  Croatia  Germany  Slovakia  Spain  Russia
11 August 2021  Cuba  Indonesia  Hong Kong  Botswana  Curaçao
31 December 2021  Denmark  Peru  Belgium  Slovakia  Sweden

Baseball

Top 20 rankings as of 31 December 2021[6]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Japan 1355
2 Steady  Chinese Taipei 1097
3 Steady  Canada 1029
4 Steady  United States 1015
5 Steady  Venezuela 900
6 Steady  Dominican Republic 717
7 Steady  Cuba 520
8 Steady  Australia 509
9 Steady  Puerto Rico 371
10 Steady  South Korea 364
11 Steady  Hong Kong 256
12 Steady  Mexico 160
13 Steady  Netherlands 155
14 Steady  Philippines 152
15 Steady  China 126
16 Steady  France 100
17 Steady  Nicaragua 59
18 Steady  India 47
19 Steady  Pakistan 21
20 Steady  Czech Republic 10

In the wake of the International Olympic Committee's decision to cut baseball from the 2012 Olympics program, the IBAF pushed the growth of women's baseball as to include a women's component in its bid for a reinstatement of the sport in future Olympics. The effort to unify the sports resulted in the merger of the IBAF with the International Softball Federation in 2013 to create the WBSC.[7]

The initial women's baseball rankings were based upon results from past Women's Baseball World Cups. While the calculations of the women's rankings are similar to that of the men's, one main difference is that they are inclusive of the three most recent IBAF Women's Baseball World Cups whereas the men's rankings only include the last two. Points are weighted in favor of the more recent results.[8]

Calculation method

Men's baseball

Points are awarded in the men's baseball rankings according to finishes in the Premier12, World Baseball Classic, U-23 Baseball World Cup, U-18 Baseball World Cup, U-15 Baseball World Cup and U-12 Baseball World Cup as follows.[9]

Premier 12

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 1380 1102 1004 906 808 710 612 514 416 318 220 122

World Baseball Classic

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Points 1150 940 880 820 760 700 640 580 520 460 400 340 280 220 160 100

U-23 Baseball World Cup

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 690 551 502 453 404 355 306 257 208 159 110 61

U-18 Baseball World Cup

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 575 459 418 377 336 295 254 213 172 131 90 49

U-15 Baseball World Cup

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 460 367 334 301 268 235 202 169 136 103 70 37

U-12 Baseball World Cup

Final rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Points 345 275 250 225 200 175 150 125 100 75 50 25

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "WBSC Rankings – Men's baseball". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  2. ^ a b "WBSC Rankings – Women's softball". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 20 January 2022.
  3. ^ "WBSC launches first-ever Softball World Rankings: Japan Women's No. 1, New Zealand Men's No. 1". Mister Baseball. March 22, 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Record 86 nations featured in March 2020 WBSC Baseball World Rankings". wbsc.org. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  5. ^ "WBSC Rankings - Men's softball". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 5 June 2022.
  6. ^ "WBSC Rankings - Women's baseball". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  7. ^ "ABOUT THE WORLD BASEBALL SOFTBALL CONFEDERATION". World Baseball Softball Confederation. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "IBAF Releases First-Ever Women's World Rankings". International Baseball Federation. 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  9. ^ "WBSC Rankings - Baseball Men's". rankings.wbsc.org. WBSC. Retrieved 22 August 2019.