Women's Baseball World Cup

Women's Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 2004
No. of teams 12 (in 2016)
Continent International
Most recent
champion(s)
 Japan
Most titles  Japan (6 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 eight times it has been held, the tournament has been won twice by the United States and six consecutive times by Japan in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

History

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 Baseball World Series, which usually involved only three or four nations, usually Australia, Canada, Japan and occasionally the USA.

Competition format

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 the bronze medal game, with the winner earning third place and the loser receiving fourth place. The semifinal winners played 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 of the mercy rule, which applied to a ten run lead after 5 innings or a twelve run lead after 4 innings.

Results

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

Edmonton

United States
2 0
Japan

Canada

Australia
5
2006
Details

Taipei

United States
13 11
Japan

Canada

Australia
7
2008
Details

Matsuyama

Japan
11 3
(F/5)

Canada

United States

Australia
8
2010
Details

Maracay [R 1]

Japan
13 3
(F/5)

Australia

United States

Venezuela
11
2012
Details

Edmonton

Japan
3 0
United States

Canada

Australia
8
2014
Details

Miyazaki

Japan
3 0
United States

Australia

Canada
8
2016
Details

Busan

Japan
10 0
Canada

Venezuela

Chinese Taipei
12
2018
Details

Viera, Florida

Japan
6 0
Chinese Taipei

Canada

United States
12
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.

Future

On October 12, 2017, the WBSC announced that the 2018 Women's Baseball World Cup would be held in Viera, Florida in the United States.[1]

Medal table

Rank Country Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1  Japan 6208
2  United States 2226
3  Canada 0246
4  Australia 0112
5  Chinese Taipei 0101
6  Venezuela 0011

Participating nations

See also

References

  1. "WBSC awards Florida-based USSSA hosting rights for Women's Baseball World Cup 2018". World Baseball Softball Confederation. October 12, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
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