LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The World Baseball Softball Confederation today released the official promotional video for the IV WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup® 2018, which opens in Panama on 10 August.

The action-packed video features some of the best plays and most iconic scenes from the 2016 edition, which was played in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan, and won by Cuba.

Staged every two years, 12 nations have qualified through the continental championships and will send their best players to compete For the Title of World Champion in Panama, including No. 1 USA, No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Cuba, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 Australia, No. 9 Netherlands, No. 12 Dominican Republic, No. 14 Panama, No. 19 Brazil, No. 21 Germany, No. 22 China, and No. 26 South Africa.

The promo script:

  • Baseball’s biggest stage for 15 year olds
  • This August in Panama
  • 12 Nations, 6 Continents
  • Only one World Champion
  • Who will be crowned the best U-15 team on the planet?
  • For the Title of World Champion

The U-15 Baseball World Cup is the highest level of competition in baseball – and official World Championship — for the 13 to 15 age group. Along with the U-12 Baseball World Cup, it is the only World Cup in sports at this young of an age group. FIFA, football’s world governing body, stages a U-17 World Cup as its youngest category.

The promotional video for the Women’s Baseball World Cup 2018, “Crowning the Queens of Baseball”, released in May, is currently WBSC’s top video of the year, with over 1.2 million views.