FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        18 MAR 2016 

Korea climbs to World No. 4 after winning Premier12 Global Championship

Four new nations make debut in WBSC World Rankings: Estonia, India, Iraq and Singapore

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation today revealed the latest standings in the Official WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country's entire National Team programme (from U-12 to Pro) in international competition.
The WBSC Baseball World Rankings reflect a 4-year cycle and a data set of more than 1,000 international contests dating back to 2012.
Ranked No. 1 since November 2014, Japan (5,154 pts.) remains the top-ranked baseball power, while the United States remains at No. 2 (5,091 pts.).
The U.S. has pulled within 63 ranking points of the top spot, having defended the country's world titles at the U-12 Baseball World Cup and U-18 Baseball World Cup in 2015, while having placed second at the 2015 Pan-Am Games and flagship Premier12, which awards the most ranking points of any international competition.
Chinese Taipei has moved up a position from world No. 4 to No. 3, a historical high for the nation.
Korea, bolstered by winning the Premier12 last November, has jumped up four spots to tie its highest-ever ranking at No. 4 in the world. Korea climbed as high as No. 4 in 2009, following a gold medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and a second-place finish at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. 
Mexico, who advanced to the semifinals of the Premier12, has moved up five spots to world No. 7, a historical high for Mexico.
Italy, now Europe's top-ranked country, has advanced two positions to world No. 9. Italy's breaking into the Top 10 equals the nation's highest-ever ranking.
The Dominican Republic, who finished winless at the Premier12, has dropped six places to world No. 12, falling out of the Top 10.
Puerto Rico has also fallen out of the Top 10, dropping two spots to No. 11.
Oceania's top nation Australia has moved up a spot to world No. 13.
No. 40 South Africa is Africa's best-ranked representative.
Four nations are making their historic debuts in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings: No. 58 Singapore, No. 59 India, No. 66 Estonia and No. 68 Iraq.
Sweden made the biggest leap forward in the rankings, moving up 24 spots from No. 53 to No. 29.
The top international competitions on the 2016 calendar are the U-23 Baseball World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico in Oct./Nov., which will award 690 points to the nation that captures the U-23 world title, and the U-15 Baseball World Cup in Japan in Jul./Aug., which will award 460 points to the U-15 world champion.
An updated WBSC World Baseball Rankings methodology and point allocation can be viewed here.
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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

Headquartered in the Olympic Capital city of Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in April 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority in baseball and softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session in September 2013. The WBSC represents a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes worldwide and attract approximately 150 million fans annually to stadiums worldwide.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving any of the National Teams of its 141 National Federation members.  The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).