France reaches new record in registered baseball and softball players

France reaches new record in registered baseball and softball players
17/01/2023
Participation numbers in France climbed to 14,654, a 7% increase from 2021. Female athletes are 22.1%.

The French Baseball Softball Federation (FFBS) announced a new record in registered players, which is now 14,654. The figure is up 7% from 2021 and 40% from 2012.

FFBS broke the 13,000-player milestone in 2017 and has always been above that mark except for the 2020 season, plagued by COVID-19 restrictions, when numbers dropped to 12,625.

The growth appears more significant in the U-12 and U-15 age brackets while 47.4% of the registered players are in the U-18 age bracket, with the mid-term goal to reach 50%.

Totalling 3,252, female athletes are 22.1% of the total.

Total Licences

Age categoriesMenWomenGrand total
6 years and under25468322
9 and under1,0552531,308
12 and under1,5604061,966
15 and under1,5145192,033
18 and under9993121,311
21 and under585154739
Senior5,4351,5406,975
Grand total11,4023,25214,654


FFBS also announced France will host the 2023 U-12 Baseball European Championship in Valenciennes.