The action on the diamond is heating up.
MLB pennant races are in full swing and the Little League Softball World Series is about to take center stage, showcasing the sport to put a bow on the summer — which gives the kids a chance to shine.
Keep an eye on the games in Greenville, N.C., that are sure to entertain. The 2023 Little League Softball World Series once again features 12 teams that will compete to become champions. It includes eight clubs from the U.S. and four international sides for the second year in a row.
Softball has only continued to grow in popularity, thanks in part to this competition and the Women’s College World Series that wrapped up in June. Now the next generation gets its chance to win over the hearts of viewers and continue to build on its run of success.
With that, The Sporting News has everything you need to know about the Little League Softball World Series in 2023, including bracket information, TV schedule and the participating teams.
Little League Softball World Series bracket 2023
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The full bracket is broken down into two sides — purple and orange. Whoever emerges from each of those two smaller brackets will end up playing for the chance to become champions. Since the tournament is double elimination, a loss is not the end of the road as the team will be given another chance to keep their championship dreams alive.
You can download a PDF version of the bracket on the LLSWS official website.
Little League Softball World Series teams
Once again, 12 teams will embark on the journey to win the Little League Softball World Series. Out of those 12, eight teams are from the United States; only four international sides will participate.
Here’s a look at all the teams in the 2023 tournament:
|Central||Austintown Little League||Austintown, Ohio|
|North Carolina||Rowan Little League||Salisbury, N.C.|
|Southwest||Midway Little League||Hewitt, Texas|
|Southeast||Pitt County Girls Softball Little League||Winterville, N.C.|
|West||Almaden Little League||San Jose, Calif.|
|Asia-Pacific||Negros Occidental Little League||Bacolod City, Philippines|
|New England||Milford Little League||Milford, Conn.|
|Mid-Atlantic||Massapequa International Little League||Massapequa Park, N.Y.|
|Northwest||Bend North Little League||Bend, Ore.|
|Europe-Africa||Lombardia Little League||Milan, Italy|
|Canada||St. Albert Softball Little League||St. Albert, Alberta, Canada|
|Latin America||Guayama Softball Little League||Guayama, Puerto Rico|
Little League Softball World Series schedule
The Little League Softball World Series will start on Sunday and conclude on Aug. 13 with the championship game. It will be played at Stallings Stadium at Elm Street Park in Greenville, N.C.
Sunday, Aug. 6
|1||North Carolina 5, Central 0||10 a.m.||ESPN+|
|2||Latin America 11, Canada 9||1 p.m.||ESPN+|
|3||New England 11, Europe-Africa 1||4 p.m.||ESPN+|
|4||Southwest 6, Southeast 1||7 p.m.||ESPN+|
Monday, Aug. 7
|5||Latin America vs. Northwest||10 a.m.||ESPN+|
|6||North Carolina vs. Asia-Pacific||1 p.m.||ESPN+|
|7||Southwest vs. West||4 p.m.||ESPN+|
|8||New England vs. Mid-Atlantic||7 p.m.||ESPN+|
Tuesday, Aug. 8
|9||Central vs. Game 7 loser||10 a.m.||ESPN+|
|10||Canada vs. Game 8 loser||1 p.m.||ESPN+|
|11||Europe-Africa vs. Game 5 loser||4 p.m.||ESPN+|
|12||Southeast vs. Game 6 loser||7 p.m.||ESPN2, Fubo|
Wednesday, Aug. 9
|13||Game 11 winner vs. Game 10 winner||10 a.m.||ESPN+|
|14||Game 12 winner vs. Game 9 winner||1 p.m.||ESPN+|
Thursday, Aug. 10
|15||Game 7 winner vs. Game 6 winner||1 p.m.||ESPN, Fubo|
|16||Game 8 winner vs. Game 5 winner||5 p.m.||ESPN, Fubo|
Friday, Aug. 11
|17||Game 15 loser vs. Game 14 winner||4 p.m.||ESPN2, Fubo|
|18||Game 16 loser vs. Game 13 winner||7 p.m.||ESPN2, Fubo|
Saturday, Aug. 12
|19||Game 16 winner vs. Game 18 winner||2 p.m.||ESPN, Fubo|
|20||Game 15 winner vs. Game 17 winner||5 p.m.||ESPN2, Fubo|
Sunday, Aug. 13
|21||Game 19 loser vs. Game 20 loser||Noon||ESPN2, Fubo|
|22||Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner||3 p.m.||ABC, Fubo|
How to watch Little League Softball World Series
- TV channels: ESPN, ESPN2, ABC
- Live stream: ESPN+, Fubo
Viewers wanting to catch every game of the Little League Softball World Series action will have to turn to streaming. While games 15-22 will be available to watch on cable via ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, 13 of the tournament’s first 14 games will be exclusively broadcast on ESPN+.
Once the games head over to traditional cable, viewers can enjoy the action also on Fubo, which comes with a free trial for new subscribers and carries all the necessary channels.