Uber Cup

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Badminton current event.png 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup
Sport Badminton
Founded1957
No. of teams16
Countries BWF member nations
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan (6th title)
Most titlesFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China (14 titles)

The Uber Cup, sometimes called the World Team Championships for Women, is a major international badminton competition contested by women's national badminton teams. First held in 1956–1957 and contested at three year intervals, it has been contested every two years since 1984 when its scheduled times and venues were merged with those of Thomas Cup, the world men's team championship. In 2007, BWF decided to have Thomas and Uber Cup finals separated again but the proposal was ultimately abandoned. [1] The Uber Cup is named after a former British women's badminton player, Betty Uber, who in 1950 had the idea of hosting a women's event similar to the men's. [2] She also made the draw for the 1956–1957 inaugural tournament, which took place at Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England. [3]

Badminton racquet sport

Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles". Badminton is often played as a casual outdoor activity in a yard or on a beach; formal games are played on a rectangular indoor court. Points are scored by striking the shuttlecock with the racquet and landing it within the opposing side's half of the court.

The Thomas Cup, sometimes called the World Men's Team Championships, is an international badminton competition among teams representing member nations of the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's global governing body. The championships have been conducted every two years since the 1982 tournament, amended from being conducted every three years since the first tournament held in 1948–1949.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Contents

The cup follows a similar format to that of the men's competition of the Thomas Cup. As of the 2018 tournament, China is the most successful team, having won fourteen times. Japan is second, having won it six times, followed by Indonesia and United States, each with three cups.

The Chinese National Badminton Team represents the People's Republic of China in international badminton team competitions and is controlled by the Chinese Badminton Association, the governing body for badminton in China.

The Japan national badminton team represents Japan in international badminton team competitions.

Indonesia national badminton team national badminton team

The Indonesia national badminton team represents Indonesia in international badminton team competitions and is controlled by the Persatuan Bulutangkis Seluruh Indonesia, PBSI, the governing body for badminton in Indonesia. The Indonesian team has not been absent from the Thomas Cup tournament since it first entered and won the competition in 1958.

The 2018 tournament was held in Bangkok, Thailand. [4]

Bangkok Special administrative area in Thailand

Bangkok is the capital and most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep. The city occupies 1,568.7 square kilometres (605.7 sq mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in central Thailand, and has a population of over eight million, or 12.6 percent of the country's population. Over fourteen million people lived within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region at the 2010 census, making Bangkok the nation's primate city, significantly dwarfing Thailand's other urban centres in terms of importance.

Thailand Constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand and formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Southeast Asian Indochinese peninsula composed of 76 provinces. At 513,120 km2 (198,120 sq mi) and over 68 million people, Thailand is the world's 50th-largest country by total area and the 21st-most-populous country. The capital and largest city is Bangkok, a special administrative area. Thailand is bordered to the north by Myanmar and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Myanmar. Its maritime boundaries include Vietnam in the Gulf of Thailand to the southeast, and Indonesia and India on the Andaman Sea to the southwest. It is a unitary state. Although nominally the country is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, the most recent coup, in 2014, established a de facto military dictatorship under a junta.

Trophy

The Uber Cup trophy was officially presented at the annual general meeting in 1956, the year the first Uber Cup tournament was first held. [3] It was made by Mappin & Webb, prominent silversmiths on Regent Street in London. The trophy is 20 inches high with a rotating globe on top of a plinth and a female player standing on top of a shuttlecock. [2]

Regent Street Shopping street in London

Regent Street is a major shopping street in the West End of London. It is named after George, the Prince Regent and was laid out under the direction of the architect John Nash and James Burton. It runs from Waterloo Place in St James's at the southern end, through Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus, to All Souls Church. From there Langham Place and Portland Place continue the route to Regent's Park.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital of and largest city in England and the United Kingdom, with the largest municipal population in the European Union. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

Results

Uber Cup summaries

1957 – 1981

Year [5] HostFinal
WinnerScoreRunner-up
1957
Details
Lancashire, England Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg
United States
6–1Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1960
Details
Philadelphia, United States Flag of the United States.svg
United States
5–2Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1963
Details
Wilmington, United States Flag of the United States.svg
United States
4–3Flag of England.svg
England
1966
Details
Wellington, New Zealand Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
5–2Flag of the United States.svg
United States
1969
Details
Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
6–1Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
1972
Details
Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
6–1Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
1975
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
5–2Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
1978
Details
Auckland, New Zealand Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
5–2Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
1981
Details
Tokyo, Japan Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
6–3Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia

1984 – 1988

YearHostFinalThird Place
WinnerScoreRunner-upThird PlaceScoreFourth Place
1984
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
5–0Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
5–0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1986
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–2Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
3–2Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
1988
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
5–0Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
5–0Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan

1990 onwards

YearHostFinalSemi-finalists
WinnerScoreRunner-up
1990
Details
Nagoya & Tokyo, Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–2Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg
Japan
1992
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–2Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
1994
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
3–2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
1996
Details
Hong Kong Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
4–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of South Korea (1984-1997).svg
South Korea
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
1998
Details
Hong Kong, China SAR Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
4–1Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
2000
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
2002
Details
Guangzhou, China Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Hong Kong.svg
Hong Kong
2004
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2006
Details
Sendai & Tokyo, Japan Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of the Netherlands.svg
Netherlands
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of Chinese Taipei for Olympic games.svg
Chinese Taipei
2008
Details
Jakarta, Indonesia Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
2010
Details
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
3–1Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of Indonesia.svg
Indonesia
2012
Details
Wuhan, China Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–0Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of Thailand.svg
Thailand
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2014
Details
New Delhi, India Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
2016
Details
Kunshan, China Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
3–1Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of India.svg
India
Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
2018
Details
Bangkok, Thailand Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
3–0Flag of Thailand.svg
Thailand
Flag of South Korea.svg
South Korea
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
2020
Details
Aarhus, Denmark
2022
Details
Bangkok, Thailand
2024
Details
China

Successful national teams

So far, only five countries have won the Uber Cup with China the most successful team, with 14 titles, followed by Japan (six titles), Indonesia (three titles), the United States (three titles) and Korea (one title). The Uber Cup has only spread to two continents so far: Asia and North America.

Asia Earths largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres

Asia is Earth's largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the Eastern and Northern Hemispheres. It shares the continental landmass of Eurasia with the continent of Europe and the continental landmass of Afro-Eurasia with both Europe and Africa. Asia covers an area of 44,579,000 square kilometres (17,212,000 sq mi), about 30% of Earth's total land area and 8.7% of the Earth's total surface area. The continent, which has long been home to the majority of the human population, was the site of many of the first civilizations. Asia is notable for not only its overall large size and population, but also dense and large settlements, as well as vast barely populated regions. Its 4.5 billion people constitute roughly 60% of the world's population.

North America Continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere

North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It is also considered by some to be a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

Nine teams have made it into the finals. The finalists other than the five winner countries above are Denmark, England, the Netherlands and Thailand. Sweden, Germany, Chinese Taipei and India are the other four teams which have made it into the final four.

TeamsTitlesRunners-up
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 14 (1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2002*, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012*, 2014, 2016*)3 (1994, 1996, 2010)
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6 (1966, 1969*, 1972*, 1978, 1981*, 2018)2 (1975, 2014)
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 3 (1975*, 1994*, 1996)7 (1969, 1972, 1978, 1981, 1986*, 1998, 2008*)
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3 (1957, 1960*, 1963*)1 (1966)
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 1 (2010)7 (1988, 1990, 1992, 2002, 2004, 2012, 2016)
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 3 (1957, 1960, 2000)
Flag of England.svg  England 2 (1963, 1984)
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1 (2006)
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 1 (2018*)
* = hosts

Team appearances at the final stages

Map showing countries that qualified for the final stages of the Uber Cup Uber Cup.png
Map showing countries that qualified for the final stages of the Uber Cup

As of 2018, 24 teams have qualified in the history of the competition for the final stages of the Uber Cup. Asia is the continent with the most teams, at ten, followed by Europe with eight. The Americas and Oceania have each had two teams that qualified, while South Africa and Mauritius are the only team that has qualified from Africa.

Below is the list of teams that have appeared in the final stage of Uber Cup as of the 2018 tournament.

24 times
20 times
18 times
14 times
12 times
11 times
10 times
9 times
8 times
6 times
5 times
5 times
2 times
1 time

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2018 Thomas & Uber Cup badminton championships

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The 2018 Thomas Cup qualification process is a series of tournaments organised by the five BWF confederations to decide 14 of the 16 teams which will play in the 2018 Thomas Cup, with Thailand qualifying automatically as hosts, and Denmark qualifying automatically as trophy holder.

The 2018 Uber Cup qualification process is a series of tournaments organised by the five BWF confederations to decide 14 of the 16 teams which will play in the 2018 Uber Cup, with Thailand qualifying automatically as hosts, and China qualifying automatically as trophy holder.

The 2018 Badminton Asia Team Championships were held at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium in Alor Setar, Malaysia, from 6 to 11 February 2018 and were organised by the Badminton Asia Confederation. This tournament also served as Asian qualification for the 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup.

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  5. From 1957 to 1981, Uber Cup actually played each edition for two years; the years shown here are only for the final tournament.