Nicaragua to Host U-23 WBSC Championship; Panama Under 15

Nicaragua will host the Under 23 WBSC championship in 2018, playing the games at the newly constructed 15,000 seat Dennis Martinez stadium at a date yet to be determined. Despite all the points awarded for this event the No 2 United States and No 5 Cuba will not be playing in the tournament. The United States did not play in the qualifying round, while Cuba did not qualify. Below are the teams who have qualified for the games:

Africa (1) - to be determined

Americas (4) - No. 9 Venezuela, No. 6 Mexico, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 16 Dominican Republic

Asia (3) - No1. Japan, No.4 Taiwan and No. 3 South Korea

Europe (2) - No. 8 Netherlands, No. 14 Czech Republic

Oceania (1) - to be determined

Wildcard (1) - No 13 Nicaragua

The Under 15 Hosts will be Panama. The teams competing in that tournament are:

Africa (1) - to be determined

Americas (5) - No. 2 United States, No. 16 Dominican Republic, No. 5 Cuba, No. 15 Panama, No. 18 Brazil

Asia (2) - No. 1 Japan and No. 4 Taiwan

Europe (2) - No. 20 Germany and No. 8 Netherlands

Oceania (1) - to be determined