With the Space Coast about to host the first Women’s Baseball World Cup ever played on American soil, the countdown to this milestone sports event has begun.
The tournament trophy, emblematic of global supremacy in women’s baseball, is now touring selected U.S. cities on its way to the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018, which will take place Aug. 22-31 at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera.
This is the first-ever tour of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup trophy. The trophy tour had its ceremonial kickoff May 30 in Rockford, Illinois, home of the Rockford Peaches of the celebrated All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s and ’50s.
Included on the remainder of this summer’s trophy tour itinerary (July-August) are five Major League Baseball ballparks up and down the East Coast. The trophy then comes to the Space Coast in late August for the biggest event in women’s baseball, the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.
Twelve national teams from five continents will descend on Viera to compete for the world title. The women’s tournament is sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation, the world governing body for baseball and softball. The local organizing committee for the 2018 tournament is USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association), which now makes its home in Viera.
For the Space Coast as an emerging sports hotbed, the U.S. debut of the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup and its trophy tour add a couple feathers to its cap. Since its inception in 2004, the tournament, which is held every two years, has been staged two times each in Canada and Japan, while Chinese Taipei, South Korea, and Venezuela have hosted one tournament apiece.
For the complete trophy tour schedule leading up to the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018 tournament, please see the press release.