Over the course of the next 10 days at the Little League World Series, there will be stunning performances. There will be unforgettable moments, both heart-warming and heart-breaking. There will be agonizing defeat and wonderful triumph.
And the entire world won’t be able to look away.
The Little League World Series has consistently grown in popularity since it was first held in South Williamsport nearly 70 years ago. There is something undeniably captivating about 12- and 13-year-old athletes, with no motivation other than the love of the game, playing their hearts out. It may not always be pretty, but it is certainly always special.
As the best 16 teams from around the world start their journey towards becoming legends, here’s a look at everything you need to know so you don’t miss any of the scintillating action.
Note: All first-round games will be broadcast live on ESPN or ESPN2. Click here for the complete TV schedule.
United States Schedule
Friday, Aug. 21: Southwest 1, Northwest 0
Friday, Aug. 21: Great Lakes 2, West 14
Friday, Aug. 21: Southeast 7, New England 1
Friday, Aug. 21: Mid-Atlantic 18, Midwest 0
Friday, Aug. 21: Europe-Africa 4, Caribbean 1
Friday, Aug. 21: Latin America 5, Australia 2
Friday, Aug. 21: Canada 0, Mexico 1
Friday, Aug. 21: Asia-Pacific 5, Japan 7