The first Baseball Champions League for club teams is set to take place in Mexico in late September ©WBSC

Baseball is to organise an International tournament for club teams for the first time.

The Baseball Champions League is set to take place in the Mexican city Mérida in the Yucatán region from September 28 to October 1.

The tournament has been sanctioned by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Mexican Baseball League and has been billed as an "international tournament of champions." 

It is due to take place at the Kukulcán Alamo Ballpark.

"I am extremely proud to announce the launch of the Baseball Champions League, which will be the first-ever professional-and world-level competition for clubs, an international tournament of champions," WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said in a video message.

"This exciting new competition, which is planned to add other regional elite events and the world finals in the coming years, wouldn’t be possible without the shared vision and support from the various leagues, stakeholders and respective baseball leaders."

The teams which are set to feature include the 2022 Mexican champions Leones de Yucatán, Cuban Champions Alazanes of Granma, Colombian Baseball League winners Caimanes of Barranquilla and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks from North Dakota who won the American Association of Professional Baseball League in 2022.

The tournament is expected to feature seven games over four days in a round-robin format.

The top two teams advance to the final.

The competition is set to be televised in Mexico by ESPN.

"I know the Baseball Champions League will excite baseball fans around the world and I’m sure they are going to enjoy it just as much as we will," Fraccari said.

There is a plan to add clubs from other regional competitions to the Baseball Champions League in future years.