Women's Baseball World Cup

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)

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.

History[edit]

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 format[edit]

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.

Results[edit]

Year Final Host Final Semi finalists Number
of teams
Champions Score Runners-Up 3rd Place 4th Place
2004
Details
Canada
Edmonton

United States
2 – 0
Japan

Canada

Australia
5
2006
Details
Taiwan
Taipei

United States
13 – 11
Japan

Canada

Australia
7
2008
Details
Japan
Matsuyama

Japan
11 – 3
(F/5)

Canada

United States

Australia
8
2010
Details
Venezuela
Maracay [R 1]

Japan
13 – 3
(F/5)

Australia

United States

Venezuela
11
2012
Details
Canada
Edmonton

Japan
3 – 0
United States

Canada

Australia
8
2014
Details
Japan
Miyazaki

Japan
3 – 0
United States

Australia

Canada
8
2016
Details
South Korea
Busan

Japan
10 – 0
Canada

Venezuela

Chinese Taipei [R 2]
12
2018
Details
United States
Viera, Florida

Japan
6 – 0
Chinese Taipei

Canada

United States
12
2020
Details
TBD 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 TaiwanRepublic 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.

Future[edit]

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

Medal table[edit]

Rank Country Gold
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Silver
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Bronze
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Total
Medals world.svg
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 nations[edit]

Nation 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 2020 Years
 Australia 4 4 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 7 8
 Canada 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Q 8
 China Q 0
 Cuba 6 6 8 8 8 5
 Chinese Taipei 5 5 5 7 6 5 4 2nd, silver medalist(s) Q 8
 Dominican Republic 6 1
 France Q 0
 Hong Kong 6 8 7 10 11 5
 India 7 11 2
 Japan 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) Q 8
 Mexico Q 0
 Netherlands 10 7 8 9 12 5
 Pakistan 12 1
 Philippines Q 0
 Puerto Rico 8 9 2
 South Korea 6 9 6 10 4
 United States 1st, gold medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 4 Q 8
 Venezuela 4 5 6 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Q 5
Nations 5 7 8 10 8 8 12 12

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