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World Cup of Softball

 

World Cup of Softball

The World Cup of Softball is an annual softball tournament. The first eight World Cups were held at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The competition is governed by the Amateur Softball Association, which is also headquartered in Oklahoma City.

The World Cup is a round robin format consisting of a number of teams from around the world. Each team plays each other once, then the two teams with the best records play in a one-game, winner-take-all championship.[1] The number of teams has varied, with as few as 4 teams (in 2010) and as many as 7 teams (in 2014).

The official world competition was first held in 2005 and has been played every year since, with the exception of 2008 due to many national teams' participation in the Olympics. However, softball has since been discontinued as an Olympic sport, thereby ensuring that the World Cup will remain relevant at the international level for the foreseeable future.

World Cup Results

Year Champion Score Second place Third place Score Fourth place
2005  Japan 3 – 1  United States  Australia 7 – 1  China
2006  United States 5 – 2  Japan  Canada 2 – 0  Australia
2007  United States 3 – 0  Japan  Canada 8 – 2  China
2009  United States 3 – 1  Australia  Canada 4 – 1  Japan
2010  United States 5 - 1  Japan  United States Futures 9 – 3  Canada
2011  United States 6 - 4  Japan  Canada 4 – 1  Australia
2012  United States 3 - 0  Australia  Canada 11 - 8  Netherlands
2013  Japan 6 - 3  United States  Australia 4 - 3  Canada
2014  United States 5 - 2  Canada  Chinese Taipei 3 - 1  Japan
2015  United States 6 - 1  Japan  Puerto Rico 2 - 3  Canada

Medal table

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 8 2 0 9
2  Japan 2 5 0 6
3  Australia 0 2 2 4
4  Canada 0 1 5 6
6  Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
6 United States Futures 0 0 1 1
6  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1

References

  1. ^ USA Softball KFC World Cup of Softball


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