World Cup of Softball

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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.

History[edit]

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 14 teams (in 2016).

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.

Results[edit]

Year Final Host Champions Final score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2005 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Japan 3 – 1  United States  Australia 7 – 1  China
2006 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 5 – 2  Japan  Canada 2 – 0  Australia
2007 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 3 – 0  Japan  Canada 8 – 2  China
2009 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 3 – 1  Australia  Canada 4 – 1  Japan
2010 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 5 – 1  Japan  United States Futures 9 – 3  Canada
2011 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 6 – 4  Japan  Canada 4 – 1  Australia
2012 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  United States 3 – 0  Australia  Canada 11 – 8  Netherlands
2013 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Japan 6 – 3  United States  Australia 4 – 3  Canada
2014 Irvine, California  United States 5 – 2  Canada  Chinese Taipei 3 – 1  Japan
2015 Irvine, California  United States 6 – 1  Japan  Puerto Rico 3 – 2  Canada
2016 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  Japan 2 – 1  United States  Australia 4 – 3  United States elite
2017 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma   Japan 2 – 1    United States    Canada 3 – 0    Australia

Medal table[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 8 4 0 12
2  Japan 4 5 0 9
3  Australia 0 2 3 5
4  Canada 0 1 6 7
6  Chinese Taipei 0 0 1 1
6 United States United States Futures 0 0 1 1
6  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1

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