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. It will mark the first time the Women’s Baseball World Cup is staged in the U.S.
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.
USSSA is headquartered in Brevard County, Florida. USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com.