By Adam Morissette
OTTAWA - The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced that the 8th Women’s Baseball World Cup will be played in Viera, Fla., from August 17 to 26, 2018. The announcement came during the WBSC Congress in Gaborone, Botswana.
The hosting rights were awarded to United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), a multi-sport organization and WBSC Associate Member based in Viera. The event will be staged at the USSSA’s new headquarters, USSSA Space Coast Complex which was the former spring training home of the Washington Nationals.
“This marks the first time that the Women’s Baseball World Cup will be staged in the United States,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “The USSSA has tremendous experience in organizing 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.”
Canada has competed in all seven WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cups to date including the 2016 edition where they captured the silver medal at the event in Gijang, Korea.
Canada has won five medals all-time (two silver, three bronze) and is currently ranked No. 2 in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Rankings.
Canada, and specifically Edmonton has hosted the Women’s Baseball World Cup on two occasions including the inaugural event in 2004.