Little League World Series: How to watch, bracket, new format explained

Everything you need to know about the 2022 Little League World Series originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
A summer sporting good is back and bigger than ever.
The Little League World Series celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The event will feature international teams for the first time since 2019, with COVID-19 leading to the event's postponement in 2020 and a US-exclusive tournament won by Taylor, Mich., in 2021.
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While the return of other countries will bring a sense of normalcy to the event, there is another twist that will make the 2022 tournament the first of its kind. This year's field was expanded by four teams, bringing the field to a tournament record 20 teams.
These 20 teams - 10 from the USA and 10 from other nations around the world - are now determined. Before they play ball, here's everything you need to know about Little League World Series 2022:
When is the Little League World Series 2022?
The Little League World Series 2022 will take place from August 17th to 28th.
Aside from the championship game on August 28th, there are two other notable events over the course of the 12-day tournament. The Boston Red Sox will face the Baltimore Orioles in the MLB Little League Classic at Historic Bowman Field on Sunday, August 21, and the Little League Home Run Derby will be on Thursday, August 25.
Where is the Little League World Series 2022?
The Little League World Series will take place where it has been since its first edition: Williamsport, Pa.
Games will be played at Howard J. Lamade Stadium and Volunteer Stadium. Lamade Stadium hosts all US team games, two international team games, the third-place consolation game, and the Little League World Series finals. Volunteer Stadium hosts all other matchups between international teams.
What channel is the Little League World Series on?
All games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. Matchups can also be streamed on Watch ESPN and the ESPN App.
What is the format of the Little League World Series 2022?
With four additional teams, the 20-team group won't be nearly as neat as the 16-team group.
Four new regions have been added along with the 16 regions from the previous format. Metro and Mountain were included on the US side, but the international side is a bit more complicated.
Cuba, Panama and Puerto Rico are now part of a rotation where two of the teams receive an automatic offer while the other plays in their respective regional tournament. Panama and Puerto Rico automatically bid for the 2022 tournament. Cuba competed as part of the Caribbean region in 2022 and did not earn a trip to Williamsport.
Not every team will start the new Little League World Series in the same position. Four teams on each side of the bracket play an extra game, while two other teams from each side must await the results of those games to find out their first opponent.
From there, the tournament follows a double-elimination format through to the US Finals and International Finals. The winners of these two games will clash for the LLWS title.
The full bracket can be found here.
Which teams are participating in the Little League World Series 2022?
Here's a look at the full LLWS field:
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