Women's Baseball World Cup

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.

Women's Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2018 Women's Baseball World Cup
SportBaseball
Founded2004
No. of teams12 (in 2016)
ContinentInternational
Most recent
champion(s)
 Japan
Most titles Japan (6 times)

HistoryEdit

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 formatEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

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 [R 2]
12
2018
Details
 
Viera, Florida
 
Japan
6 – 0  
Chinese Taipei
 
Canada
 
United States
12
2020
Details
 
Monterrey
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.
  2. ^ The  Republic of China (Taiwan) is recognised as Chinese Taipei by WBSC and the majority of international organisations it participates in due to political considerations and Cross-Strait relations with the People's Republic of China.

FutureEdit

The next World Cup is expected in the second half of 2020, at a venue TBA.

Medal tableEdit

Rank Country Gold
 
Silver
 
Bronze
 
Total
 
1   Japan 6 2 0 8
2   United States 2 2 2 6
3   Canada 0 2 4 6
4   Australia 0 1 1 2
5   Chinese Taipei 0 1 0 1
6   Venezuela 0 0 1 1

Participating nationsEdit

Nation 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 Years
  Australia 4 4 4   4   5 7 Q 8
  Canada       5   4     Q 8
  China Q 0
  Cuba 6 6 8 8 8 Q 5
  Chinese Taipei 5 5 5 7 6 5 4   Q 8
  Dominican Republic 6 1
  France Q 0
  Hong Kong 6 8 7 10 11 5
  India 7 11 2
  Japan                 Q 8
  Mexico Q 0
  Netherlands 10 7 8 9 12 Q 5
  Pakistan 12 1
  Philippines Q 0
  Puerto Rico 8 9 2
  South Korea 6 9 6 10 4
  United States             7 4 Q 8
  Venezuela 4 5 6   5 Q 5
Nations 5 7 8 10 8 8 12 12 12

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