WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Trophy unveiled in Rome; En route to Castions di Strada

The Tennis Italian Open hosted the presentation in Rome featuring the National Olympic Committee President Giovanni Malagò. The Trophy will be displayed at major sporting events before returning to the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, where the Finals will start on 15 July.

The Italian Baseball Softball Federation (FIBS) revealed the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Trophy during a press conference hosted by the National Olympic Committee CONI and the Italian Tennis and Padel Federation (FITP) as a side event of the Italian Open (Internazionali d’Italia), an ATP 1000 tournament in Rome.

Castions di Strada in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region of Italy will host the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup Finals from 15-20 July where Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico and USA will compete to become world champion after last year’s exciting group stage play.

“I’ve chased the dream to take the Women’s Softball World Cup to the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region for a long time, a long time before becoming FIBS President,” commented Andrea Marcon. “I received the support of Governor Massimiliano Fedriga, and I’m confident Castions di Strada will welcome the world to the best softball arena possible.”

Marcon added, “Advanced ticket sales are going well. What impressed me is that we sold 73% of the tickets abroad. The event has huge international appeal.”

Meanwhile, the timing of Super Round and medal games have been confirmed with the Super Round and Placement Round games on 18-19 July taking place at 11:00, 14:00, 17:30, 20:30 while the Bronze Medal Game and World Championship Final will take place on 20 July at 17:00 and 20:00 respectively.

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Italian goldsmith Fratelli Pazzaglia started manufacturing the Women’s Softball World Cup trophy from a graphic design inspired by the event’s logo. The trophy is made of polished 24k golden plated brass, with special details in enamelled and coloured details. The base has a 20cm (7.87 inches) diameter. The trophy is 45cm (17.76 inches) high and weighs 5.5kg (12.13 pounds).

World No. 6 Italy captain Giulia Longhi and her manager, Federico Pizzolini, witnessed the trophy unveiling.

“Italy will need to play one game at a time. We want to honour the first-ever Women’s Softball World Cup in Italy,” said Longhi. “I told my players we must focus on our performance, not the opponents. I’m positive the girls will give all they have for the National Team.”

20240516_left_Giulia Longhi_Angelo Binaghi_Andrea MarcoMarcon revealed that the trophy will be on display on Sunday, 19 May, during the Serie A soccer game Udinese-Empoli, at the start line of cycling’s Tour of Italy’s (Giro d’Italia) 19th stage on Friday, 24 May, at the 2026 Milano-Cortina Winter Olympics Foundation headquarters on Wednesday, 29 May, and in Turin at the FIBS Youth Tournament of the Regions (Torneo delle Regioni) from 6 to 9 June before returning to Friuli Venezia Giulia.

FITP President Angelo Binaghi and CONI President Giovanni Malagò congratulated FIBS for hosting the Women’s Softball World Cup in Italy for the first time.

“Baseball/softball means a lot to us,” commented Malagò. “I’m thrilled the sport will be back on the Olympic programme in Los Angeles and that Baseball5 will feature on the 2026 Youth Olympics programme.”

Cover photo by Supertennis/FITP

Credit: WBSC