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Little League World Series (Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region)

The Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region is a region that competes in the Little League World Series. Asian teams first competed in the LLWS in 1962, when East Asia was given a berth for the first time. An East Asian qualifier participated in every LLWS between 1962 and 2000 (with the exception of 1975).

In April 1997, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association decided that its youth baseball programs would no longer affiliate with Little League. “The leagues in Chinese Taipei were unable at that time to adhere to certain Little League rules and regulations regarding residency, and the area from which a single chartered league could draw its players,” said Stephen D. Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball.

In 2001, the Little League World Series was expanded to sixteen teams, and East Asia was split into two regions – the Pacific (consisting of teams from the Pacific Islands, Indonesia, and Oceania) and Asia (consisting of teams from mainland Asia). In 2007, the regions were reconfigured. Japan was given its own automatic berth in the Series, while the remaining Asian teams merged with the Pacific teams to create the Asia-Pacific Region.

East Asian qualifiers won a combined 23 titles between 1962 and 2000 — 17 from Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), four from Japan, and two from Korea Republic. Since the tournament expanded to sixteen teams, two teams (Tokyo in 2001 and 2003) that qualified out of the Asia, Pacific, or Asia-Pacific region have gone on to win the LLWS. In the 2009 Little League World Series, Kuei-Shan Little League of Taoyuan County, Taiwan finished as a runner-up in the tournament. In the 2010 Little League World Series, Fusin (Fu-hsin) from Kaohsiung, Taiwan reached the International final before falling to Japan.

Starting with the 2013 LLWS, the region will be reorganized as the Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region. Australia, now the fourth-largest country and the largest outside North America in Little League participation, will receive its own LLWS berth. All Middle Eastern countries with Little League programs, except for Israel and Turkey, will be placed in the former Asia-Pacific Region. Previously, the Middle East had formed a region with Africa, but that region will be disbanded, with African teams joining the Europe and Africa Region (formerly Europe Region, which also includes Israel and Turkey).[1]

Far East Championship (1962–2000)

Year Champion City LLWS Record
1962 Kunitachi LL Kunitachi, Tokyo Seventh place 1–2
1963 Gyokusen LL Tokyo Withdrew
1964 Tachikawa City LL Tokyo Fourth place 1–2
1965 Arakawa LL Tokyo Sixth place 1–2
1966 Wakayama LL Osaka Fourth place 1v2
1967 West Tokyo LL Tokyo Champion 3–0
1968 Wakayama LL Osaka Champion 3–0
1969 Taichung LL Taichung City Champion 3–0
1970 Chiayi LL Chiayi City Fifth place 2–1
1971 Tainan LL Tainan City Champion 3–0
1972 Taipei LL Taipei City Champion 3–0
1973 Tainan LL Tainan City Champion 3–0
1974 Kaohsiung LL Kaohsiung Champion 3–0
1975 No Participant; International teams were banned by Little League
1976 Chofu LL Tokyo Champion 3–0
1977 Li-Teh LL Kaohsiung Champion 3–0
1978 Pinkuang LL Pingtung City Champion 3–0
1979 Puzih LL Taipei City Champion 3–0
1980 Longkuong LL Hualian City Champion 3–0
1981 Taiping LL Taichung Champion 3–0
1982 Puzih LL Chiayi City Runner-Up 2–1
1983 Yodogawa LL Osaka Third place 2–1
1984 National LL Seoul Champion 3–0
1985 National LL Seoul Champion 3–0
1986 Tainan Park LL Tainan City Champion 3–0
1987 Taiping LL Hualien Champion 3–0
1988 Taiping LL Taichung City Champion 3–0
1989 Kang-Tu LL Kaohsiung Runner-Up 2–1
1990 San Hua LL Tainan City Champion 3–0
1991 Hsi Nan LL Taichung City Champion 3–0
1992 Zamboanga City LL Zamboanga City Vacated[a]
1993 Saipan LL Garapan 4th place, Int'l Pool 1–2
1994 Li-Jen LL Tainan City 3rd place, Int'l Pool 1–2
1995 Shan-Hua LL Tainan City Champion 4–1
1996 Fu-Hsing LL Kaohsiung Champion 5–0
1997 Seya LL Yokohama Third place (tie) 2–2
1998 Kashima LL Kashima, Ibaraki Runner-Up 3–2
1999 Hirakata LL Hirakata, Osaka Champion 4–1
2000 Musashi-Fuchu LL Tokyo Third place (tie) 3–1

Asia Region (2001–2006)

In 2001, the East Asian region split into the Asia and Pacific regions. The Asia region comprised Little Leagues from mainland Asia.

Asia Regional Championship

The list below lists each country's participant in the Asia Little League Region Tournament between 2001 and 2006. That year's winner is indicated in green. Two teams from the Asia region won the Little League World Series — Tokyo in 2001 and 2003.

Year China Taiwan(Chinese Taipei) Hong Kong SAR, China Japan South Korea Thailand
2001 No representative N/A
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Kitasuna LL
Tokyo
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2002 No representative N/A
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Sendai Higashi LL
Sendai
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2003 No representative N/A
Taiwan(Chinese Taipei)
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Musashi-Fuchu LL
Tokyo
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2004 No representative Shou-Tien LL
Kaohsiung
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong SAR, China
Sendai Higashi LL
Sendai
N/A
South Korea
No representative
2005 No representative N/A
Taiwan(Chinese Taipei)
N/A
Hong Kong SAR, China
Chiba City LL
Chiba City
N/A
South Korea
N/A
Thailand
2006 Huangpu LL
Guangzhou
Fong-Nien LL
Taitung City
Hong Kong LL
Causeway Bay
Kawaguchi LL
Kawaguchi City
N/A
South Korea
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai

LLWS results

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Kitasuna LL Tokyo Champion 5–1
2002 Sendai Hagashi LL Sendai Runner-Up 5–1
2003 Musashi-Fuchu LL Tokyo Champion 6–0
2004 Shou-Tien LL Kaohsiung Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2005 Chiba City LL Chiba City Fourth place 4–2
2006 Kawaguchi City LL Kawaguchi, Saitama Runner-Up 5–1

Pacific Region (2001–2006)

In 2001, the East Asian region split into the Asia and Pacific regions. The list below lists each country's participant in the Pacific Little League Region Tournament between 2001 and 2006. That year's winner is indicated in green. No team from the Pacific region won the Little League World Series.

Pacific Regional Championship

Year Guam Indonesia New Zealand Northern Mariana Islands Philippines
2001 Central LL
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan LL
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2002 Central
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan ll
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2003 Central LL
Agana
N/A
Indonesia
No representative Saipan LL
Saipan
N/A
Philippines
2004 Central East LL
Mangilao
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
No Representative Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
N/A
Philippines
2005 Central East LL
Mangilao
N/A
Indonesia
N/A
New Zealand
Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
N/A
Philippines
2006 Central East LL
Mangilao
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Northern Mariana Islands
Illam Central LL
Makati City

LLWS results

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Central LL Agana Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2002 Central LL Agana Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2003 Central LL Agana 4th place, Pool D 0–3
2004 Saipan LL Saipan 4th place, Pool D 0–3
2005 Central East LL Mangilao-Barrigada Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2006 Saipan LL Saipan 4th place, Pool C 0–3

Asia-Pacific Region (2007–2012)

In 2007, the Asia and Pacific regions were reconfigured again. Japan was given its own place in the LLWS and the remaining Asian and Pacific teams were merged into one region. No Asia-Pacific team has won the LLWS, although Kuei-Shan Little League of Chinese Taipei finished runner-up in 2009.

Asia-Pacific Regional Championship

The list below lists each country's participant in the Asia-Pacific Little League Region Tournament between 2007 and 2012. That year's winner is indicated in green.

Year Australia China Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) Guam Hong Kong SAR, China India Indonesia New Zealand Northern Mariana Islands Philippines Singapore South Korea Thailand Vietnam
2007 No representative No representative Li-Shing LL
Taichung
Northern LL
Dededo
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
No representative Nam Yang Ju Shi LL
Nam Yang Ju Shi
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2008 Hills LL
Sydney
Guangzhou LL
Guangzhou
Tung Yuan LL
Wan-Hua
Southern LL
Yona
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
BB & SB Confederation of India LL
New Delhi
Jakarta LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Tanauan LL
Batangas
No representative Gyeonggi LL
Gyeonggi-do
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2009 Waverley LL
Victoria
No representative Kuei-Shan LL
Taoyuan City
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Auckland Baseball Association LL
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
Singapore LL
Singapore
Seoul LL
Seoul
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2010 No representative No representative Fu-Hsing LL
Kaohsiung
Northern LL
Dededo
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
N/A
New Zealand
No representative Illam Central LL
Makati City
Singapore LL
Singapore
Seoul LL
Seoul
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
Hanoi LL
Hanoi
2011 Southern Adelaide Districts LL
Adelaide
No representative Ching-Tang LL
Kaohsiung
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Bayside Westhaven
Auckland
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
Singapore LL
Singapore
N/A
South Korea
Sanuk LL
Chiang Mai
No representative
2012 Perth Metro North LL
Perth
No representative Kuei-Shan LL
Taoyuan City
Central LL
Agana
Hong Kong LL
Hong Kong
No representative Indonesian LL
Jakarta
Oakland
N/A
Saipan LL
Saipan
Illam Central LL
Makati City
No representative Busan LL
South Korea
Bangkok LL
Bangkok
No representative

LLWS results

As of the 2012 Little League World Series.
Year Champion City LLWS Record
2007 Li-Shing LL Taichung Int'l Semifinals 2–2
2008 Southern LL Yona 3rd place, Pool C 1–2
2009 Kuei-Shan LL Taoyuan Runner-Up 4–2
2010 Fu-Hsing LL Kaohsiung Third place 4–1
2011 Ching-Tang LL Kaohsiung Round 2 1–2
2012 Kuei-Shan LL Taoyuan Round 2 1–2

Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region (2013–)

As noted above, this region was reconfigured in 2013, with the spin-off of Australia into its own LLWS region and the addition of Middle Eastern countries.

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2013 Chung-Ping LL Taoyuan Round 3 2–2
2014 Seoul LL Seoul Champions 5–0

LLWS results by country

The following table lists each Asia-Pacific country's record in the Little League World Series. Italics indicates team is no longer in the region. Table includes results for teams that qualified for either the East Asian, Pacific, Asia, or Asia-Pacific regional LLWS berth through the 2014 Little League World Series.

Country LLWS Appearances Championships Record
in LLWS
PCT
Taiwan /
Chinese Taipei
29 17 81–19 .810
Japan 18 6 52–20 .722
Guam 5 0 9–9 .500
Northern Mariana Islands 3 0 1–8 .111
South Korea 3 3 11–0 1.000
Philippines[a] 1
Total 58 26 154–56 .733

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Regions Realigned for 2013: Australia to Play in Little League Baseball World Series" (Press release). Little League Baseball. August 29, 2012. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 

External links

Little League Online

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