Even though rumors floated around about only two countries, MLB has announced three countries where the first rounds will be played. The 2021 edition will be played in Japan, Taiwan, and the USA.
Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins will be the hotspot of this tournament that will be played from March 9 through March 23. The ballpark will host one of the four groups, two quarterfinals, semifinals, and the championship game.
As usual, the Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants, will host one of the five groups and two quarterfinals. One group will play at Chase Field in Phoenix, still home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
A situation different from the others will be in Taiwan where two venues will host the fifth group: Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium and Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.
Like always, group play will start in Asia (Japan and Taiwan) as groups A and B will play from 9 to 13 March. Group C (Phoenix) will start on March 13 and continue to March 17.
Group D will play from March 14 through March 18 in Miami.
The top two finishers of each group will advance to the single-elimination game quarterfinals. Of which two are played in Tokyo and two in Miami. The semis and the final are scheduled from March 21 to 23 at Marlins Park.
As you could read here a few weeks ago, the number of participants will expand to twenty teams. The following countries received an invitation to participate: Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States, and Venezuela. The remaining four countries will come from the two qualifiers that will take place in March. The top two of those qualifiers will advance to the main tournament in 2021.