Schedule for World Cup and ACS
Schedule Announced for KFC World Cup and ACS
Oklahoma City, OK—The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today the schedule for the KFC World Cup of Softball that is returning to Oklahoma City, July 12-16 and the inaugural KFC American Challenge Series, July 13-15. For the third consecutive year the World Cup of Softball will bring together some of the top teams in the world as the national teams from China, Canada, Japan, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the USA meet in Oklahoma City.
“The Amateur Softball Association is very happy to serve as the host of the KFC World Cup of Softball and the KFC American Challenge Series in 2007,” said ASA Executive Director, Ron Radigonda. “This will be the first time since the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis that the USA Men’s and Women’s National Team have played an international event in the same U.S. city.”
In 2006, over 25,000 fans from over 30 different states attended the five-day event where the USA reclaimed the World Cup from Japan in dominating fashion. The event was televised in over 200 different countries and watched by over eight million U.S. households.
Reserved seating for this year’s KFC World Cup of Softball has been expanded and fans are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reserve the best possible seat for the event. Pre-sales of tickets are already up 40% from last year at this time so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in order to reserve the best possible seat. Seat assignments requests will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis
The pre-sale of reserved tickets includes all-session tickets only. All-session premium reserved seats are available for $100, all-session grandstand reserved seats are $50 and all-session general admission seats are available for $30. The all-session tickets include18 World Cup games plus fans holding a ticket for the KFC World Cup will have the opportunity to watch all eight games of the KFC American Challenge Series at no cost.
Individual session tickets will be available at a later date.
The Ultimate Fan Zone package, which includes an all-session reserved seat in the premier section of the stadium, a personalized replica jersey and dinner with Team USA as well as an autograph session, is sold out.
The KFC American Challenge Series was developed by the ASA to help expose the men’s fast pitch game to fans who attend the World Cup and to give the USA Men’s National Team an opportunity to play on American soil. This will be the first time an International Softball Federation (ISF) men’s fast pitch event has been hosted in the U.S. in more than a decade. The last event held in the U.S. was the 1996 ISF Men’s World Championship in Midland, Mich.
“We are very excited to be hosting the inaugural KFC American Challenge Series in Oklahoma City this summer,” said Radigonda. “This is a very unique opportunity for softball fans to get to see both their national teams play in one location. Men’s fast pitch is a very exciting sport to watch and I have no doubt fans are going to be treated to some great action.”
The KFC World Cup of Softball and the KFC American Challenge Series are sanctioned by the International Softball Federation, the governing body of softball internationally as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).
Advanced tickets can be purchased through the ASA merchandise website at www.softballoutlet.com or by calling 1-800-654-8337.
The USA Women’s National Team will be selected in June following a tryout camp in Chula Vista, Calif. More than thirty players including Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch, Laura Berg, Natasha Watley, CrystlBustos, Caitlin Lowe, Cat Osterman and Jessica Mendoza have been invited to attend the selection camp being held June 13-17. The USA Softball Men’s National Team will be selected in May following a tryout camp in Chula Vista, Calif. The 17 players selected for the USA Men’s National Team will compete in the ISF Men’s World Cup, June 16-25 in Prague, Czech Republic and the KFC American Challenge Series, July 13-15, in Oklahoma City.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
ABOUT USA SOFTBALL
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com
The International Softball Federation (ISF) is the governing body of softball internationally as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The ISF organizes and conducts world championship competition in women's and men's fast pitch, junior women's and men's fast pitch, women's, men's and coed slow pitch and women's and men's modified pitch. The ISF sanctions regional championships and provides technical support to Regional (Multi-Sport) Games. Additionally the ISF qualifies teams for Olympic softball competition in coordination with the IOC. The ISF provides the official playing rules for international competition including but not limited to; Olympic Games, world championships, regional championships, regional Games and other sanctioned competitions.
KFC WORLD CUP of SOFTBALL and KFC American Challenge Series
Session 1 – Thursday, July 12
11:30 a.m. Venezuela vs. China World Cup - Stadium
2:00 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Japan World Cup – Stadium
Session 2 – Thursday, July 12
6:00 p.m. USA vs. Venezuela World Cup – Stadium
8:30 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Canada World Cup – Stadium
Session 3 – Friday, July 13
11:30 a.m. Japan vs. Canada World Cup - Stadium
1:00 p.m. Japan vs. Argentina ACS – Field 4
2:00 p.m. Canada vs. Venezuela World Cup – Stadium
Session 4 – Friday, July 13
7:00 p.m. USA vs. China World Cup - Stadium
7:00 p.m. Venezuela vs. Japan ACS – Field 4
9:30 p.m. USA vs. Argentina ACS – Field 4
9:30 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela World Cup – Stadium
Session 5 – Saturday, July 14
12:00 p.m. Venezuela vs. Argentina ACS – Field 4
12:00 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. USA World Cup – Stadium
3:00 p.m. USA vs. Japan ACS – Stadium
Session 6 – Saturday, July 14
7:00 p.m. USA vs. Japan World Cup – Stadium
9:30 p.m. USA vs. Venezuela ACS – Field 4
9:30 p.m. China vs. Canada World Cup – Stadium
Session 7 – Sunday, July 15
11:30 a.m. #3 seed vs. #4 seed ACS – Field 4
12:00 p.m. USA vs. Canada World Cup - Stadium
2:30 p.m. #1 seed vs. #2 seed ACS – Field 4
2:30 p.m. Dominican Republic vs. China World Cup – Stadium
Session 8 – Sunday, July 15
6:00 p.m. Japan vs. Venezuela World Cup – Stadium
8:30 p.m. China vs. Japan World Cup – Stadium
Session 9 – Monday, July 16
12:30 p.m. #6 seed vs. #5 seed World Cup – Stadium
3:30 p.m. #4 seed vs. #3 seed World Cup – Stadium
8:00 p.m. #1 seed vs. #2 seed World Cup - Stadium