LIMA, Peru –– The official game schedule for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup has been released. Held December 6-12 in Lima, Peru, a total of 38 games will be played across seven days as nine participating countries fight for the Gold.
Team USA enters the tournament as the world-ranked No. 2 team and is joined by No. 4 Mexico, No. 5 Puerto Rico, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 10 Netherlands, No. 13 Czech Republic, No. 26 South Africa, No. 30 Peru (host country) and No. 40 Colombia.
The nine participating countries will compete in a six-day Opening Round with the top two teams in the standings after round-robin advancing to the World Championship gold medal game on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. CT. The third and fourth place teams will go head-to-head for the bronze medal on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. CT.
The U.S. will kick off Opening Round against No. 40 Colombia held on Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. CT followed by a match up against No. 13 Czech Republic at 3 p.m. CT. The Red, White and Blue will then take on No. 4 Mexico at 4:30 p.m. CT on Dec. 7 before additional contests against No. 5 Puerto Rico (Dec. 8 at 1:30 CT), No. 10 Netherlands (Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. CT), No. 26 South Africa (Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. CT), No. 30 Peru (Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. CT) and No. 6 Chinese Taipei (Dec. 11 at 12 p.m. CT).
Led by Head Coach Kyla Holas and Assistant Coaches Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Lisa Navas (Tarpon Springs, Fla.), the Red, White and Blue will look to claim a fourth-consecutive WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship title, having won the previous three World Championships in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
Due to the postponement of the WBSC U-18 World Cup, which was originally scheduled to take place in August 2020, the WBSC extended the age eligibility to allow athletes who were eligible for the 2020 event with the opportunity to participate in the rescheduled event this year. With the extended age eligibility, the 2021 USA Softball U-18 Women’s National Team roster includes one member of the 2019 U-17 JWNT World Championship Gold Medal team, six current NCAA Division I student-athletes and 12 committed and/or signed NCAA Division I student athletes – four of which also advanced to the JWNT Selection Trials through the USA Softball High Performance Program (HPP). Click here to view the 2021 USA Softball U-18 Women's National Team roster.
Broadcast and livestream coverage will be announced at a later date.