WBSC confirms new dates for inaugural U-18 Women's Softball World Cup in Lima, Peru
The World Baseball Softball Confederation announced the new dates for the inaugural WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup®, which will be staged from 27 March to 4 April 2021 in Lima, Peru, at the Villa Maria del Triunfo Complex.
The first edition of the U-18 Women's Softball World Cup, which rebrands the WBSC U-19 Women's Softball World Championship, had been originally set to take place in 2020, from 23-30 August in Lima, Peru, but was postponed in April following the pandemic breakout.
16 teams qualified to battle For the Title of World Champion, including 3 Europeans:
- Africa: South Africa
- Americas: USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Peru (host)
- Asia: Japan, Chinese Taipei, and China
- Europe: Netherlands, Italy and Czech Republic
- Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
- Wild Cards: Philippines and Colombia
The Czech and the Italian youth National Teams practiced during the summer at the Softball Summer Challenge, after most of the international competitions had been canceled.
Due to the one-year postponement of the tournament, all players who would have been eligible to participate in the 2020 WBSC global tournament will be able to play in next year's World Cup.
The WBSC, together with the Peruvian Softball Federation and the Peruvian Sports Institute, will continue monitoring the global pandemic situation and are working along with the qualified teams/national federations and local authorities to establish a health and safety plan for the safe and successful delivery of the event.
/ WBSC press release
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