Women's Baseball World Cup

Women's Baseball World Cup

Women's Baseball World Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2014 Women's Baseball World Cup
Sport Baseball
Founded 2004
No. of teams 8 (in 2014)
Continent International
Most recent champion(s)  Japan
Most titles  Japan (4 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 six times it has been held, the tournament has been won twice by United States and most recently four times by Japan in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

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

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
12 – 2
(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
Notes
  1. ^ Originally, the final round was supposed to be held at Estadio José Perez Colmenares in Maracay.

Medal table

Rank Country Gold
Silver
Bronze
Total
1  Japan 4 2 0 6
2  United States 2 2 2 6
3  Canada 0 1 3 4
4  Australia 0 1 1 2

Participating Nations

See also