- Middle East-Africa Region (Little League World Series)
The Middle East-Africa Region (MEA) is a region that competes in the Little League World Series. The MEA region was first given an automatic berth in 2008. The Arabian-American Little League in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia won each of the three MEA championships until 2011 when the Reverend John Foundation Little League from Kampala, Uganda won the tournament, however the team from Uganda was not able to participate after their visa applications to enter the United States were denied, and Dhahran was invited to participate in their place.
Prior to 2008, Middle Eastern and African teams competed in either the Europe/Middle East/Africa region (EMEA) or the Transatlantic region. The Transatlantic and EMEA regions were geographically identical. Leagues from the Transatlantic region generally consisted of children and other dependents of American expatriates, typically Armed Forces personnel, international organization members, and oil company workers (such as the team representing the Saudi Aramco Residential Camp in Dhahran). The leagues within the EMEA region consisted of players native to the league's own country. In practice, however, only European teams competed in the EMEA region, as no teams from the Middle East or Africa ever competed for the regional championship.
The list below lists each country's participant in the MEA Little League Region Tournament. That year's winner is indicated in green.
United Arab Emirates
2008 Arabian American LL
Rev. John Foundation LL
No Representative 2009 Arabian American LL
No Representative Dubai LL
No Representative 2010 Arabian American LL
Rev. John Foundation LL
Cape Town LL
2011 Arabian American LL
Rev. John Foundation LL
Kwa Zulu Natal BB Association LL
Year Champion City LLWS Record 2008 Arabian American LL Dhahran First Round 0–3 2009 Arabian American LL Dhahran First Round 1–2 2010 Arabian American LL Dhahran Pool C Fourth Place 0–3 2011 Arabian American LL[a] Dhahran Round 2 1–2
- a Kampala, Uganda won the regional championship in 2011, but did not participate in the Little League World Series when their visas to enter the United States were denied. Dhahran, Saudi Arabia was invited to participate in their place.
- ^ a b Communications Division (July 22, 2011). "Visa Applications Denied for Little League Team from Uganda". Little League. http://www.littleleague.org/Page58513.aspx. Retrieved July 30, 2011.
- ^ Communications Division. "Arabian-American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Receive Berth in Little League Baseball World Series". Little League. http://www.littleleague.org/media/newsarchive/2011/May-Aug/ArabianAmericanLLFromSaudiArabiaReceivesBerthLLBWS11.htm. Retrieved August 2, 2011.
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