Women’s Baseball World Cup to be staged in U.S. for the first time
Gaborone, Botswana — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today awarded the hosting rights of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup® 2018 to the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), a multi-sport organisation and WBSC Associate Member based in Viera, Florida.
The eighth edition of the women’s baseball world championship will be held from 17-26 August next year at USSSA’s new headquarters, the USSSA Space Coast Complex, in Viera.
The WBSC Baseball Executive Board took the decision on the first day of WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress activities at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) in Botswana’s capital.
“This marks the first time that the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be staged in the United States,” said WBSC President Fraccari. “The USSSA has tremendous experience in organising elite-level events across multiple sports, and I am confident the new USSSA Space Coast Complex will be an ideal setting for the biggest stage and best players in women’s baseball.”
“USSSA is excited and honoured to have been awarded the hosting rights to our very first National Team event and official baseball world championship, the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018,” said USSSA CEO Don DeDonatis.
The WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup was launched in 2004 and is held every two years.
Japan defeated Canada in the world championship finale of the VII WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2016 in Gijang, Korea.
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually.
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s).
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