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WBC Qualifiers coming to Sydney
2016 Qualifying Round to be held at home of Blue Sox
09/17/2015 3:26 PM ET
Team Australia will attempt to qualify for the 2017 WBC on home soil.
Team Australia will attempt to qualify for the 2017 WBC on home soil. (SMP Images/ABL Media)

NEW YORK, 18 Sept. -- World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the venues and pools for the Qualifying Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the fourth installment of the baseball tournament featuring many of the world's greatest players. The winners of each Qualifier will advance to compete to the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The four venues that have been selected to host a qualifier are:

Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia
Estadio B Air in Mexicali, Mexico
Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama; and
MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York, United States

The World Baseball Classic is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) as the sport's official National Team World Championship.

Initial opening round match-ups (including home and visitor designations) as well as ticket information will be announced at a later date by the host venues. The pools for each Qualifier are:

Qualifier 1
February 11th-14th in Sydney, Australia
Australia
New Zealand
Philippines
South Africa
Qualifier 2
March 17th-20th in Mexicali, Mexico
Mexico
Czech Republic
Germany
Nicaragua
Qualifier 3
March 17th-20th in Panama City, Panama
Colombia
France
Panama
Spain
Qualifier 4
Sept. 22nd-25th in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Brazil
Great Britain
Israel
Pakistan