New Zealand is due to host the Men's Softball World Cup for the fourth time in 2022 ©Getty Images

A promotional video has been released to mark one-year-to-go before the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Men's Softball World Cup in Auckland.

New Zealand is scheduled to host the tournament between November 26 and December 4 next year.

The country has hosted the event on three previous occasions, with the hosts winning the title each time.

"We are delighted to mark one year before the start of the WBSC Men's Softball World Cup in Auckland," said Fay Freeman and Bob Leveloff, the co-chairs of the Organising Committee, in a joint statement. 

"As with many international events, the tournament has been impacted by COVID-19, but we are confident the path is now clear for us to celebrate the very best of men's international softball in 12 months' time.

"We are also sure the tournament will be a huge success and we look forward to welcoming the teams and their fans to Auckland."

A total of 12 teams are due to compete in Auckland, from all five continents.

The event was initially due to be held in February but was postponed to 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New Zealand's team, nicknamed the Black Sox, will be hoping for a return to form in 2022 after a disappointing showing at the 2019 Men's Softball World Championship - as it was then known - in the Czech Republic.

They were only able to finish fourth, meaning they missed out on the podium for the first time in 39 years.

The Black Sox have won the tournament seven times, more than any other nation.

Their last win came in 2017 in Whitehorse in Canada.

New Zealand announced this week that fully vaccinated foreign visitors will be allowed to enter the country again from April 30, a boost for tournament organisers.

They will have to self-isolate for seven days on arrival.