The European Championship 2019 has an important status. After baseball and softball become part of the Olympics again in Tokio 2020, the tournament is the first part of the Olympic qualifier. So there is more to gain than just the Championship title. The TOP 5 of the EC play in the European-African qualifier, to be played immediately after the EC. The winner of this tournament will play in Tokio, the second seated can try to gain a spot through another World qualification tournament.