World Cup of Softball

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

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

Year Final Host Champions Final score Runners-up Third place Score Fourth place
2005Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Japan3 – 1 United States Australia7 – 1 China
2006Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States5 – 2 Japan Canada2 – 0 Australia
2007Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States3 – 0 Japan Canada8 – 2 China
2009Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States3 – 1 Australia Canada4 – 1 Japan
2010Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States5 – 1 Japan United States Futures9 – 3 Canada
2011Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States6 – 4 Japan Canada4 – 1 Australia
2012Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States3 – 0 Australia Canada11 – 8 Netherlands
2013Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Japan6 – 3 United States Australia4 – 3 Canada
2014Irvine, California United States5 – 2 Canada Chinese Taipei3 – 1 Japan
2015Irvine, California United States6 – 1 Japan Puerto Rico3 – 2 Canada
2016Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Japan2 – 1 United States Australia4 – 3 United States elite
2017Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Japan 2 – 1  United States  Canada 3 – 0  Australia

Medal table

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 Futures 0 0 1 1
6  Puerto Rico 0 0 1 1

References


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