Hosting a World Cup


The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) invites Member Federations to express their interest in hosting a WBSC World Cup. WBSC Baseball World Cups showcase the best players and teams from throughout the world at various categories:

  • WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup;
  • WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup;
  • WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup;
  • WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup;
  • WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Opportunities of Hosting a WBSC Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is committed that baseball not only grows worldwide through the organisation of various WBSC World Cups, but also ensures that National Federations benefit of hosting a WBSC Baseball World Cup before, during and after an event.

Among many others, some of the potential benefits of hosting a WBSC Baseball World Cup are:

  • Support in the construction of new or renovation of existing facilities to favour the development of the game at all levels;
  • Increased number of high-quality baseball development programmes for professional, amateur, youth and grassroots levels;
  • Improved cooperation between host cities, sponsors, media and the local community at large;
  • Enhanced partnerships and greater commercial activity and investment from new sponsors, media and broadcasters;
  • Help in breaking down social barriers for participation and better opportunities for people of all ages and genders;
  • Use of well-known baseball players, coaches or local VIPs as role models to encourage kids and emerging players and to promote health and other social benefits;
  • Use of multi-venue / location to maximise host city and tourism impact;
  • Multiple brand activations, campaigning and merchandising opportunities;
  • Extensive host city / host country programme (dressing and branding) including fan zones; and
  • Promotional support on WBSC dedicated webpages and social media channels.

Process of Bidding for a WBSC Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) approved the outline for international baseball competitions through 2029. Additionally WBSC streamlined the process for Federation to bid for the organisation of a WBSC World Cup.

Listed below are the steps in the process to host a WBSC Baseball World Cup:

  • The WBSC opens calls to express interest in hosting a WBSC Baseball World Cup;
  • Bidders must submit their interest in a WBSC Event by returning an 'Expression of interest to host a WBSC Baseball World Cup' (Appendix 1) and an 'Official bid candidate form' (Appendix 2) to the WBSC Events Department;
  • The WBSC evaluates the submitted hosting proposals (the WBSC reserves the right to schedule a visit to evaluate the proposal, if deemed necessary);
  • The WBSC identifies and selects the most suitable candidate for approval by the WBSC Executive Board; and
  • The WBSC announces the successful host for the WBSC Baseball World Cup.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has produced a number of manuals that aim to guide the local committees through the organisation of an international baseball event. The manuals were produced by the WBSC Events Department to help set a standard for the organisation of events, in order to ensure the success delivery and sustainable legacy of the WBSC Baseball World Cups.