Softball at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
No. of events1
Competitors6 teams
← 2008

Softball will be featured at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time since the 2008 Summer Olympics.[1] The tournament will consist of six teams. Baseball/softball is one of five sports added to the program of the 2020 Summer Olympics only, with no guarantee it will return in 2024.


Gold Silver Bronze

Competition format[edit]

The softball tournament will feature a single round-robin of the six teams followed by a bronze medal game and a gold medal game. 17 games will be played in total.[2][3]


Six teams will qualify. Japan, as the host nation, automatically qualified. The winner of the 2018 Women's Softball World Championship (or runner-up, if Japan is the winner) qualifies for the Olympics. The remaining four spots will be allocated through three qualification tournaments: one spot for a Europe/Africa tournament, one spot for an Asia/Oceania tournament, and two spots for an Americas tournament.[4]

Event Date Location Vacancies Qualified
Host nation - - 1  Japan
2018 Women's Softball World Championship August 2 - August 12, 2018 Japan Chiba 1  United States
Africa/Europe Qualifying Event 23 - 28 July 2019 Netherlands Utrecht 1
Asia/Oceania Qualifying Event 24 - 29 September 2019 China Shanghai 1
America Qualifying Event 25 August - 01 September 2019 Canada Surrey 2

Team squads[edit]

Team Qualification criteria Appearance
Japan Automatic as host nation of the Olympics  5th

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Baseball/Softball". Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  2. ^ Olympic Competition Schedule
  3. ^ Rough schedule for Tokyo Olympics decided
  4. ^ "WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball". Retrieved 12 July 2018.