Canada Cup (softball)

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The Canada Cup is an annual international women's softball tournament held at the Softball City Complex in South Surrey, British Columbia.

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Following an announcement on June 13, 1991 by the International Softball Federation that women's fastpitch was being made a full-medal sport at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Canada Cup was created to provide the Canadian national softball team with a world calibre team competition in order to help prepare for Olympic qualifying.

Over the years, the Canada Cup has evolved into one of the most prestigious international softball tournaments. Today, the competition is split among four separate tournaments:

  • Canada Cup: Showcase event, featuring the top women's teams globally
  • Canada Cup Futures: featuring about 30 of the top U19 teams globally
  • Canada Cup Showcase: featuring top U16 teams
  • Canada Cup Special O: a mixed Special Olympics Division

Although a number of US and Japanese club teams have competed in the Canada Cup, the showcase event has evolved primarily into a national team competition between the following countries:

This tournament enjoys strong local support with hundreds of community volunteers. Each team is assigned a bat girl from one of the local teams plus a family support liaison from the community. Another unusual part of this tournament is the concurrent co-ed Slow-Pitch Friendship Division tournament for developmentally disabled adults which is run at the same site as the premier International Women's Fastpitch tournament. You can watch both at the same time.

Tournament History[edit]

Year Champions Runners-up Attendance
1993 Redding Rebels 43,968
1994 Redding Rebels 56,829
1995 California Commotion 70,108
1996
Canada
79,136
1998
Australia
95,869
1999
United States (Gold)

Australia
100,419
2000
Australia

China
109,814
2001
Japan (Red)

Australia
110,346
2002
United States (World)

United States (Elite)
122,504
2003
United States (Elite)

Australia
113,916
2004
Japan

Australia
91,201
2005
Australia

United States (Elite)
105,856
2006
Australia

Canada
112,676
2007
United States

Japan
119,301
2008
Japan

Australia
102,647
2009
United States

Canada
N/A
2010 Cancelled
2011
United States

Japan
N/A
2012
Japan

United States
N/A
2013
Japan

Australia
N/A
2014
Japan

United States
N/A

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