Women's Baseball World Cup

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Women's Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2014 Women's Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 2004
No. of teams 8 (in 2014)
Continent International
Most recent champion(s)  Japan
Most titles  Japan (4 times)

The Women's Baseball World Cup is an international tournament in which national women's baseball teams from around the world compete. Through its 2012 edition, it was sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation; following the 2013 merger of the IBAF with the International Softball Federation, future tournaments will be sanctioned by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). In the six times it has been held, the tournament has been won twice by United States and most recently four times by Japan in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

History[edit]

The inaugural Women's Baseball World Cup was held in Edmonton, Canada from July 30 to August 8, 2004 after having been chartered by the International Baseball Federation in 2002. Before this tournament the only other international women's baseball tournament was the Women's World Series, which usually involved only three or four nations, usually Australia, Canada, Japan and occasionally the USA.

Competition Format[edit]

All competing nations played one game versus each opponent. The top four teams advanced to the semifinals. Ties in standings were broken by head-to-head record. The first place team played versus the fourth place team and the second place team played the third place team. The semifinal losers then played bronze medal game, with the winner earning third place and the loser receiving fourth place. The semifinal winners play in the finals, with the winner earning first place and the loser receiving second place. All regulation games are seven innings in length with the exception to the mercy rule applied to a ten run lead after 5 innings or 4 innings with a twelve run lead.

Results[edit]

Year Final Host Final Semi finalists Number
of teams
Champions Score Runners-Up 3rd Place 4th Place
2004
Details
Canada
Edmonton

United States
2 – 0
Japan

Canada

Australia
5
2006
Details
Taiwan
Taipei

United States
13 – 11
Japan

Canada

Australia
7
2008
Details
Japan
Matsuyama

Japan
12 – 2
(F/5)

Canada

United States

Australia
8
2010
Details
Venezuela
Maracay[R 1]

Japan
13 – 3
(F/5)

Australia

United States

Venezuela
11
2012
Details
Canada
Edmonton

Japan
3 – 0
United States

Canada

Australia
8
2014
Details
Japan
Miyazaki

Japan
3 – 0
United States

Australia

Canada
8
2016
Details
South Korea
Busan
Notes
  1. ^ Originally, the final round was supposed to be held at Estadio José Antonio Casanova in Caracas, but due to the 2010 Women's Baseball World Cup shooting incident, the International Baseball Federation and the organizers of the tournament decided to reschedule the games at Estadio José Perez Colmenares in Maracay.

Medal table[edit]

Rank Country Gold
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Silver
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Bronze
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Total
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1  Japan 4 2 0 6
2  United States 2 2 2 6
3  Canada 0 1 3 4
4  Australia 0 1 1 2

Participating Nations[edit]

See also[edit]