Peru To Host First-Ever U-18 Women's Softball World Cup
Peru will host the first-ever U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup next year, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has announced.
The inaugural tournament will take place August 21-30 in Lima, Peru. It will feature 16 countries that will compete at the Villa María del Triunfo Sports Complex, which was the site of the 2019 Pan American Games.
"WBSC is very happy with the awarding of the U-18 Women's Softball World Cup to Peru," WBSC softball chairman Tommy Velazquez said in a statement. "After the amazing softball success at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, we're very proud to continue building the legacy of this event, awarding Peru the hosting rights of one of the most important international softball events in the world."
The U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup is set to replace the U-19 Women’s Softball World Championship going forward.
Thus far, 12 countries have secured bids for the 2020 U-18 Women's Softball World Cup. Those countries include the U.S., Japan, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Chinese Taipei, China, Italy, Netherlands, Philippines, Czech Republic and Peru.
The remaining spots in the tournament will be determined at the U-18 Women’s Softball Regional Qualification Event, which will take place in Canberra, Australia in February.