The Women’s Softball World Cup is coming to Ireland in 2023.

Outside of the Olympic Games, this is the most prestigious tournament in the sport’s calendar and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Committee announced at the end of last week that Ireland together with Italy and Spain will host a group of the World Cup in 2023, with Italy hosting the Finals in 2024.

The tournament will be broadcast globally with the Irish group staged at a new purpose-built facility in Fingal.

Fastpitch Ireland and Fingal Local Authority were behind the successful bid to co-host the tournament in Ireland.

The hosting of the tournament will be the biggest softball event ever hosted in Ireland, and it is envisioned that it will be the catalyst that puts all disciplines of the sport in the eyes of the nation and kick starts real growth in the popularity of the sport here.

It follows on from the successful bids to host the World U21 Lacrosse Championships, the European Flag Football, Flying Disc and Quidditch Championships, all of which will be held here over the next twelve months.

“The awarding of the World Cup to Ireland is a testament to the standing of Team Ireland and the Irish Federation in the WBSC,” said Melanie Cunningham of Fastpitch Ireland.

“A lot of hard work has been put into developing the bid with Fingal and we are very grateful for Fingal’s support and vision to join us in the bid.”

“This tournament presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our players to play in a World Cup on their home field and for us to create a strong positive legacy for the game in Ireland.”

Ireland finished as runners-up at the European U19 Championships in 2018 and hosted Team USA at an exhibition match in Dublin three years ago.

The sport was added back onto the Olympic schedule for the Tokyo Games last year.

 

 

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