Game schedule released for the 2014 ISF XIV Womens World Championship
OKLAHOMA CITY — The International Softball Federation (ISF), softball’s world governing body, announced the game schedule for the 16-nation ISF XIV Women’s World Championship, scheduled to take place August 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Team USA will look to build on a Silver Medal finish from the previous World Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The ten-day tournament features two pools of eight teams who will compete in round-robin games during the first seven days of play and then will be seeded into a page playoff format to determine the World Champion over the final three days of the tournament.
Team USA will open play against Netherlands August 15 at 8 p.m. (tournament local time) and will continue pool play through August 21. Playoffs begin at 12:30 p.m. on August 21 and end with the Gold Medal game at 3 p.m. on August 24.
Seventeen athletes will make up Team USA’s World Championship roster which will be announced June 22 following a team selection camp and exhibition series. Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla../head coach University of South Florida) will lead the Red, White and Blue into the summer with his assistants to be named at a later date.
The 16 teams that will compete are: Australia, Botswana, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia and the United States.
Prior to the ISF Women’s World Championship, the team will compete in an exhibition game in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 3, the ninth installment of the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif. July 7-12, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada July 14-21, another set of exhibition games in Waldorf, Md. July 29 and Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy August 6-10.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2014 season visit www.USASoftball.com.
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.