The International Softball Federation has announced that Clearwater, Florida, will host the 2017 XII Junior Women’s World Championship, the top event in 19-and-under female fastpitch. The event will mark the first time that Clearwater has hosted an ISF world championship.

“I have every confidence that Clearwater will put on an exceptional world championship. The ISF looks forward to working closely with the organizers,” said Dale McMann, ISF president. “The location and top-notch facilities will be an asset for the top youth female softball athletes to compete. This is an important competition opportunity for this age category to be able to continue to test their skills against their counterparts from around the world.”

The tournament will take place July 24–30, 2017. ASA/USA Softball submitted the bid on behalf of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission. The Eddie C. Moore Complex, which features nine softball fields, will host the championship.