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

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Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region
Most recent season or competition:
2016 Little League World Series qualification
Formerly Far East Region
Sport Baseball
Founded 2001
No. of teams 10
Country International
Most recent
champion(s)
South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Most titles Taiwan Taiwan (8)

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 1961, when Japanese teams competed in the original Pacific Region (which included Hawaii). In 1962, Japanese teams began competing in the newly created Far East Region.

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.

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 was disbanded, with African teams joining the Europe and Africa Region (formerly Europe Region, which also includes Israel and Turkey).[1]

Asia–Pacific and Middle East Region Countries[edit]

Asia Region (2001–2006)[edit]

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

Asia Regional Championship[edit]

The list below lists each country's participant in the Asia Region Tournament between 2001 and 2006. Each 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 China Taiwan Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei) Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR, China Japan Japan South Korea South Korea Thailand 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[edit]

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Kitasuna LL Japan Tokyo Champion 5–1
2002 Sendai Hagashi LL Japan Sendai Runner-Up 5–1
2003 Musashi-Fuchu LL Japan Tokyo Champion 6–0
2004 Shou-Tien LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Not in Top 4 2–2
2005 Chiba City LL Japan Chiba City Fourth place 4–2
2006 Kawaguchi City LL Japan Kawaguchi, Saitama Runner-Up 5–1

Pacific Region (2001–2006)[edit]

Not to be confused with the Pacific Region (1958–1961).

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

Pacific Regional Championship[edit]

Year Guam Guam Indonesia Indonesia New Zealand New Zealand Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands Philippines 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[edit]

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2001 Central LL Guam Agana Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2002 Central LL Guam Agana Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2003 Central LL Guam Agana Group Stage 0–3
2004 Saipan LL Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Group Stage 0–3
2005 Central East LL Guam Mangilao-Barrigada Int'l Semifinal 3–1
2006 Saipan LL Northern Mariana Islands Saipan Group Stage 0–3

Asia-Pacific Region (2007–2012)[edit]

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[edit]

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 AustraliaAustralia ChinaChina TaiwanTaiwan (Chinese Taipei) GuamGuam Hong KongHong Kong SAR, China IndiaIndia IndonesiaIndonesia New ZealandNew Zealand Northern Mariana IslandsNorthern Mariana Islands PhilippinesPhilippines SingaporeSingapore South KoreaSouth Korea ThailandThailand VietnamVietnam
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[2]
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[3]
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[edit]

Year Champion City LLWS Record
2007 Li-Shing LL Taiwan Taichung Int'l Semifinal 2–2
2008 Southern LL Guam Yona Group Stage 1–2
2009 Kuei-Shan LL Taiwan Taoyuan Runner-up 4–2
2010 Fu-Hsing LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Third place 4–1
2011 Ching-Tang LL Taiwan Kaohsiung Round 2 1–2
2012 Kuei-Shan LL Taiwan Taoyuan Round 2 1–2

Asia-Pacific and Middle East Region (2013–)[edit]

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 Taiwan Taoyuan Round 3 2–2
2014 Seoul LL South Korea Seoul Champions 5–0
2015 Tung Yuan LL Taiwan Taipei Round 3 2–2
2016 East Seoul LL South Korea Seoul Runner-Up 4–2

LLWS results by country[edit]

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 2015 Little League World Series.

Country Region
Championships
LLWS
Championships
Record
in LLWS
PCT
Taiwan Taiwan 8 0 18–15 .545
Japan Japan 5 6 25–5 .833
Guam Guam 5 0 9–9 .500
Northern Mariana Islands Northern Mariana Islands 2 0 0–6 .000
South Korea South Korea 3 1 12–4 .750
Total 23 7 64–39 .621

See also[edit]

Asia-Pacific Region in other Little League divisions
Philippine Series

References[edit]

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