World Baseball Softball Confederation
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for the sports of baseball and softball, empowered by the merger of the International Softball Federation and International Baseball Federation and recognised by the International Olympic Committee. The WBSC was formed in 2013 to represent both sports' federations.
As the recognised governing body in baseball/softball, the WBSC holds exclusive rights of all competitions, tournaments and world championships featuring National Teams. These rights would extend to the Olympic Games, if baseball/softball return to the Olympic Programme.
- Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA)
- Baseball Confederation of Oceania (BCO)
- Confederación Panamericana de Béisbol (COPABE)
- Confederation of European Baseball (CEB)
- African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA)
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in 2013 and granted recognition as the sole competent authority for the sport of Baseball/Softball by the International Olympic Committee at the 125th IOC Session on September 8th, 2013. The WBSC has 208 National Federation Members in 141 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania.
History of the World Baseball Softball Confederation
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was formed in 2013 to create a single federation designed to permanently align, merge and manage the ultimate aspirations of the sports and to achieve our global vision of giving every boy and girl in the world a chance to play the game.
Following the guidance of the International Olympic Committee who indicated the necessity for baseball and softball team up in order to be jointly considered for inclusion in the Olympic programme, the two independent International Federations set out on a path toward a full and complete merger.
In 2012 the WBSC established a memorandum of understanding between the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) that essentially laid out the ground rules for partnership and begin work on a Constitution that would guide the merger and provide a framework for governance, ethics and operations.
At the historic IBAF Congress in Tokyo in April 2013, the Constitution was ratified and since it had already been approved by an ISF working group empowered to do so, the WBSC was officially formalized and empowered.
At present, the WBSC is run by the Co-Presidents Don Porter and Riccardo Fraccari. A unified congress in 2014 will finalize all details of the organization and put forth a slate of leadership for election.
WBSC Softball Tournaments
- Women's World Championship
- Men's World Championship
- 19U Women's World Championship
- 19U Men's World Championship
- 16U Women's World Cup
WBSC Baseball Tournaments
- Premier 12
- World Baseball Classic
- 21U Baseball World Cup
- 18U Baseball World Cup
- 15U Baseball World Cup
- 12U Baseball World Cup
- Women's Baseball World Cup
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