DUBLIN, Ireland – The official game schedules for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Cup Group Stage competitions have been announced. With 18 teams competing across three groups (Group A, B and C), Team USA will battle it out in the Group A event alongside five other countries in Dublin, Ireland while Group B teams will compete in Spain and Group C teams in Italy. The top two teams from each group in addition to two wild card choices will advance to Stage 2 for a chance at the World Championship title in 2024.
Slated for July 11-15, a total of 19 games will be played in the Group A Stage 1 event as word-ranked No. 1 Team USA, No. 3 Chinese Taipei, No. 9 Australia, No. 16 Great Britain, No. 17 Ireland (host country) and No. 43 Botswana look to advance to the Finals set to take place next year.
The Eagles will kick off Group A Opening Round against Chinese Taipei on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 a.m. CT followed by a pair of 8 a.m. CT matchups against Botswana (Wednesday, July 12) and Australia (Thursday, July 13). The U.S. will close out opening round with matchups against Great Britain at 8 a.m. CT and Ireland at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday, July 14. The top four teams will battle it out in the playoff round on Saturday, July 15 with the top two teams going head-to-head for a chance to advance to the Stage 2 Finals. The loser of the first play-off game will then take on the winner of the matchup between the third and fourth place teams for the second spot in the Finals, which will be held in 2024. Broadcast and live stat coverage will be announced at a later date.
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Led by head coach Heather Tarr and assistant coaches Cindy Ball-Malone, Tony Baldwin and Tim Walton, the U.S. looks to claim its fourth-consecutive WBSC Women’s World Championship title, having won the past three WBSC World Championships held in Birmingham, Ala. (2022), Chiba, Japan (2018) and Surrey, B.C., Canada (2016).
Announced earlier this month, the 2023 U.S. WNT World Cup Group A roster includes 14 returners from the 2022 season, including seven from the Canada Cup, five from The World Games, five from the Pan American Championship and six from the Japan All-Star Series. Also highlighting the squad are two members from the 2020 U.S. Olympic Softball Team that helped the Eagles earn silver at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
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The selected athletes represent three athletic conferences (Pac-12 – 8, SEC – 6, Big 12 – 2), with six current and 10 former student-athletes from 10 NCAA Division I universities, highlighted by two members having won an NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) National Championship with their respective university.
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