The fourth edition of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-15 Baseball World Cup® — baseball’s highest-level competition for players aged 13-15 years old — will open tomorrow (Friday, 10 August) in the Panamanian cites of David and Chitré.
Twelve nations will compete in Panama For the Title of World Champion within the U-15 youth category.
Group A features No. 1 United States, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 14 Panama, No. 19 Brazil, No. 21 Germany and No. 22 China. The group will play at the newly constructed, 8,500 seat Estadio Kenny Serracín in David.
Group B includes No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Cuba, No. 8 Australia, No. 9 Netherlands, No. 12 Dominican Republic and No. 26 South Africa. The group will battle at the 3,000-seat Estadio Rico Cedeño in Chitré.
Game 1: South American representative Brazil and U-15 European champion Germany will meet to open the IV WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018.
Game 3: Wild card China will make their U-15 Baseball World Cup debut against U-15 Americas co-champion USA.
Game 6: Host Panama will open with the U-15 Asian runner-up, Chinese Taipei.
Game 2: Asia and Oceania’s U-15 continental champions — Japan and Australia — will collide.
Game 4: U-15 European runner-up Netherlands will face two-time defending U-15 World Champions Cuba.
Game 5: U-15 Americas co-champion Dominican Republic will meet Africa’s top baseball nation, South Africa.
WBSC will live-stream 26 of the 50 games of the U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018 at www.youtube.com/wbsc. Global coverage includes 15 Opening Round games, all 9 Super Round matches and the Finals (bronze medal match and World Championship Final), in addition to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The U-15 Baseball World Cup 2016 had a total broadcast reach of over 60 million households and attracted online viewers from 192 countries and territories.
For full event coverage, including news, live play-by-play, stats and standings, visit the official website of the U-15 Baseball World Cup at u15bwc.wbsc.org.