World Cup of Softball

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The World Cup of Softball is a softball tournament held annually 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 six 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] In 2010, the field was reduced to 4 teams, with the two teams with the best records playing in a championship game.

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[edit]

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

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