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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]

U-18 Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2017 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)
 United States (2017)
Most titles Cuba (11)
Official websitehttps://u18bwc.wbsc.org

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.

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ResultsEdit

Year Final Host Medalists
Gold Silver Bronze
1981
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United States
 
South Korea
 
United States
 
Australia
1982
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United States
 
United States
 
Japan
 
Australia
1983
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United States
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
 
Canada
1984
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
1985
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United States
 
Cuba
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
1986
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
1987
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
United States
 
Canada
1988
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Australia
 
United States
 
Cuba
 
Australia
1989
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Canada
 
United States
 
Cuba
 
Australia
1990
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Cuba
 
Cuba
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
1991
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Canada
 
Canada
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
1992
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Mexico
 
Cuba
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
1993
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
1994
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Canada
 
South Korea
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
1995
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United States
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
 
Australia
1996
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Cuba
 
Cuba
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
1997*
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
Chinese Taipei
 
Canada
 
United States
1999
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Taiwan
 
United States
 
Chinese Taipei
 
Cuba
2000
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Canada
 
South Korea
 
United States
 
Cuba
2002
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Canada
 
Cuba
 
Chinese Taipei
 
United States
2004
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Taiwan
 
Cuba
 
Japan
 
South Korea
2006
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Cuba
 
South Korea
 
United States
 
Canada
2008
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Edmonton
 
South Korea
 
United States
 
Cuba
2010
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Thunder Bay
 
Chinese Taipei
 
Australia
 
Cuba
2012
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Seoul
 
United States
 
Canada
 
Chinese Taipei
2013
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Taiwan
 
United States
 
Japan
 
Cuba
U-18 Baseball World Cup
2015
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Osaka
 
United States
 
Japan
 
South Korea
2017
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Thunder Bay
 
United States
 
South Korea
 
Japan
2019
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Gijang
will be held from Aug. 30 to Sept. 8
  • 1997: The bronze medal game between Canada and the United States was cancelled due to rain, and both teams were declared bronze medalists.

Medal tableEdit

Rank Country Gold   Silver   Bronze   Total  
1   Cuba 11 2 5 18
2   United States 9 11 5 25
3   South Korea 5 1 2 8
4   Chinese Taipei1 2 8 6 16
5   Canada 1 1 5 7
6   Japan 0 4 1 5
7   Australia 0 1 5 6

1Chinese Taipei is the official IBAF 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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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