Opening on Monday, The WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup will have eight teams competing for the title of world champion, including Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The tournament will be staged at Villa Maria del Triunfo Complex in Lima, Peru
Eight teams will compete in a 28-game round-robin: USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Chinese Taipei, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Peru (host), and Colombia. The top two teams in the standings after the round-robin will advance to the World Championship Final, scheduled for Sunday, 12 December, at 4 p.m. (all times local). The third- and fourth-place teams will play off for bronze.
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For those territories not covered by WBSC’s broadcast and live-stream partners, all 30 games of the WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup will be live-streamed and free-to-view on the WBSC’s official YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Both European teams, Czech Republic and the Netherlands, long for a medal in the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup.
Daniela Viktorynova, Czech Republic coach, said: “Our goal is to make the playoffs, and a medal is our dream.”
This is the ninth time the Czech Republic has participated in this age group World Cup (1991, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019), making the top 10 in the last two editions. At Clearwater 2017 the Czech Republic made the playoffs for the first time, finishing in eighth place (best position ever).
16 players will represent the Czech Republic. The Czech roster includes one veteran from the 2019 U-19 team. Magdalena Kavanova played right field in all six games of the tournament.
Czech Republic will open the tournament on 6 December at 3 p.m. local time against No. 2 USA on Field 1 of Villa Maria del Triunfo Complex.
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The Dutch Head Coach Saskia Kosterink also aims for an outstanding finish: “We would like to go for a medal as well, is our top goal. But our main goal is to reach the top five, and then work our way from there.”
It will be the 12th time the Netherlands participate in the youth softball World Cup. Their best finish has been a sixth place, three times: 1985, 1987 and 2007 as host. In the last World Cup in 2019, Netherlands finished in 13th place.
The Dutch roster includes three veterans from the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup 2019: Outfielders Michelle Schuur and Amy Felix, and infielder Reganied Franka.
The Netherlands will open the tournament on 6 December at 7 p.m. local time against the host Peru on Field 1 of Villa Maria del Triunfo Complex.
Previously this year at the U-18 Women's Softball European Championship, Czech Republic won the European Champion title and the Netherlands took the bronze medal.
Play-by-play, results, rosters and streaming links can be found on the WBSC U-18 Women's Softball World Cup website.