U-18 Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup
FormerlyWorld Junior Baseball Championship (1981 - 2010)
18U Baseball World Championship (2012)
18U Baseball World Cup (2013)
SportBaseball
Founded1981
No. of teams12 (Finals)
ContinentInternational
Most recent
champion(s)
 Chinese Taipei (2019)
Most titles Cuba (11)
Official websitehttps://u18bwc.wbsc.org

The U-18 Baseball World Cup is the 18-and-under baseball world championship sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and its successor, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), and was first held in 1981 in the United States. Because it is a world championship, the results of the U-18 Baseball World Cup affect the WBSC World Rankings.[1]

Several players who have participated in the U-18 Baseball World Cup have gone on to stardom at the professional level, including Japan's Yu Darvish, USA's Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey, and Cuba's Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman, among many others.

Prior to 2010, the IBAF organized the World Junior Baseball Championship. The WBSC was created in 2013 when the IBAF merged with the International Softball Federation.

Results

Year Final Host Medalists
Gold Silver Bronze
1981
Details
United States
United States

South Korea

United States

Australia
1982
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United States
United States

United States

Japan

Australia
1983
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United States
United States

Chinese Taipei

United States

Canada
1984
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Canada
Canada

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei
1985
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United States
United States

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei
1986
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Canada
Canada

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

United States
1987
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Canada
Canada

Cuba

United States

Canada
1988
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Australia
Australia

United States

Cuba

Australia
1989
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Canada
Canada

United States

Cuba

Australia
1990
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Cuba
Cuba

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

United States
1991
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Canada
Canada

Canada

Chinese Taipei

United States
1992
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Mexico
Mexico

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei
1993
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Canada
Canada

Cuba

United States

Chinese Taipei
1994
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Canada
Canada

South Korea

United States

Chinese Taipei
1995
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United States
United States

United States

Chinese Taipei

Australia
1996
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Cuba
Cuba

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

United States
1997*
Details[R 1]
Canada
Canada

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

Canada

United States
1999
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Taiwan
Taiwan

United States

Chinese Taipei

Cuba
2000
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Canada
Canada

South Korea

United States

Cuba
2002
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Canada
Canada

Cuba

Chinese Taipei

United States
2004
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Taiwan
Taiwan

Cuba

Japan

South Korea
2006
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Cuba
Cuba

South Korea

United States

Canada
2008
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Canada
Edmonton

South Korea

United States

Cuba
2010
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Canada
Thunder Bay

Chinese Taipei

Australia

Cuba
2012
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South Korea
Seoul

United States

Canada

Chinese Taipei
2013
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Taiwan
Taichung

United States

Japan

Cuba
U-18 Baseball World Cup
2015
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Japan
Osaka

United States

Japan

South Korea
2017
Details
Canada
Thunder Bay

United States

South Korea

Japan
2019
Details
South Korea
Gijang

Chinese Taipei

United States

South Korea
2022
Detalis[R 2]
United States
Sarasota & Bradenton, FL
Notes
  1. ^ The bronze medal game between Canada and the United States was cancelled due to rain, and both teams were declared bronze medalists.
  2. ^ Originally scheduled to be held in 2021, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, postponed to September 2022.

Medal table

Rank Team Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1  Cuba 11 2 5 18
2  United States 9 12 5 26
3  South Korea 5 1 3 9
4  Chinese Taipei1 (Taiwan) 3 8 6 17
5  Canada 1 1 5 7
6  Japan 0 4 1 5
7  Australia 0 1 5 6

1Chinese Taipei is the official WBSC designation for the team representing the state officially referred to as the Republic of China, more commonly known as Taiwan. (See also political status of Taiwan for details.)

See also

References

  1. ^ "IBAF World Ranking Notes" (PDF). IBAF. January 13, 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2009.