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.
Softball is a variant of baseball played with a larger ball on a smaller field. It was invented in 1887 in Chicago, Illinois, United States as an indoor game. The game moves at a faster pace than traditional baseball. There is less time for the base runner to get to first while the opponent fields the ball; yet, the fielder has less time to field the ball while the opponent is running down to first base. The name softball was given to the game in 1926, because the ball used to be soft.
OGE Energy Field at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex is a 7,300-seat multi-purpose stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. It is owned and operated by USA Softball.
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.The number of teams has varied, with as few as 4 teams (in 2010) and as many as 14 teams (in 2016).
A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.
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.
|Year||Final Host||Champions||Final score||Runners-up||Third place||Score||Fourth place|
|2005||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||3 – 1||7 – 1|
|2006||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||5 – 2||2 – 0|
|2007||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||3 – 0||8 – 2|
|2009||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||3 – 1||4 – 1|
|2010||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||5 – 1||9 – 3|
|2011||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||6 – 4||4 – 1|
|2012||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||3 – 0||11 – 8|
|2013||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||6 – 3||4 – 3|
|2014||Irvine, California||5 – 2||3 – 1|
|2015||Irvine, California||6 – 1||3 – 2|
|2016||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||2 – 1||4 – 3|
|2017||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||2 – 1||3 – 0|
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