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WBSC – World Baseball Softball Confederation

WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup to start 12 November in Tijuana, Mexico
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — 02 June 2020 — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today revealed the host city and new dates of the IX WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2020. The top tournament in women’s baseball will be staged from 12-21 November in Tijuana, Mexico.

The WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup was originally scheduled to take place from 11-20 September, and has since been rescheduled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

“The WBSC is excited to have a great baseball city like Tijuana and great baseball nation like Mexico host the top event in women’s baseball, the Women’s Baseball World Cup,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “I am confident that our Mexican hosts will provide the perfect stage for the best women’s baseball players in the world to compete on.”

Twelve teams will compete For the Title of World Champion in Tijuana:

• AMERICAS (4): Canada, Mexico, USA and Venezuela

• ASIA (3): Defending World Cup Champion Japan, Chinese

Taipei and Philippines,

• EUROPE (1) France

• OCEANIA (1): Australia

• WILD CARD (3): Cuba, Dominican Republic and Netherlands

The Women’s National Baseball Team of Japan has won the last six editions and will carry a 30-game World Cup winning streak into Tijuana.

Mexico, France and the Philippines will be making their first-ever

appearance in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.

France was the first National Team to qualify for the premier event in women’s baseball, winning the inaugural European Women’s Baseball Championship last year.

USA, Venezuela, Canada and Mexico qualified as the top four squads from the first-ever Pan-Am Women’s Baseball Championship in 2019.

Japan, Chinese Taipei and the Philippines gained entry into the WBSC World Cup as the top three finishers from the Women’s Baseball Asian Cup last November.


At the last Women’s Baseball World Cup (2018), Japan topped Chinese Taipei in the Final, while Canada defeated USA for the bronze medal at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, Florida.

In 2016, Japan defeated Canada in the Final, while Venezuela walked- off with a bronze medal victory over Chinese Taipei at Hyundai Dream Ballpark in Gijang, Busan, Korea.

USA won the first two Women’s Baseball World Cups (2004, 2006), with Japan finishing as the runner-up both times.

Rounding out the all-time medal table, silver medals have gone to Canada (2008, 2016), Australia (2010), USA (2012, 2014) and Chinese Taipei (2018). Canada has earned four bronze medals (2004, 2006, 2012 2018), USA two (2008, 2010), and Australia (2014) and Venezuela (2016) one each.

The Women’s Baseball World Cup grew from a five-team (USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and Chinese Taipei) tournament in the inaugural edition in August 2004 in Edmonton, Canada, to seven teams in 2006 in Taipei (Cuba and Hong Kong made their debuts), to eight teams in 2008 in Matsuyama, Japan (the newcomer was India), to 11 teams in 2010 in Maracay, Venezuela (the host nation, Puerto Rico and Korea made their debut).

The number of participants was eight in 2012, when Australia and the Netherlands made first appearances in a Women’s Baseball World Cup. A record 12 teams competed in 2016 in Gijang, with Pakistan making their debut. The Dominican Republic made their historic debut in 2018 in Viera, which also showcased the current 12-team format.

For more information, visit the official website of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup at



About the World Baseball Softball Confederation

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland — the Olympic Capital — the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 211 National Federation and Associate Members in 138 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/ softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums

worldwide annually.

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official

National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Premier12, the World Baseball Classic and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women’s), and the Softball World Cups, (Men’s, Women’s, U-18 Men’s, U-18 Women’s and U-12 Mixed), and Baseball5 as well as Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 events at the Olympic Games.

For more information, visit, which is available six languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Traditional Chinese

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