Teams arrive in Irvine for General Tire World Cup 9
Irvine, Calif. – Seven international softball teams have arrived in Irvine, Calif. for the General Tire World Cup of Softball IX the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. The General Tire World Cup of Softball IX kicks off on July 7 at 11 a.m. (PDT) as Venezuela takes on the Philippines and continues through Sunday, July 13. Participating countries are Canada, Chinese Taipei, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, USA, and Venezuela.
The United States will take on Mexico in an exhibition matchup at 7 p.m. (PDT) on July 7 before kicking off tournament play on July 8 at 7 p.m. (PDT) against Venezuela. Following their opening game of the tournament, the USA is scheduled to play five other pool-play games: Philippines on July 9 at 7 p.m. (PDT), Canada on July 10 at 6 p.m. (PDT), Japan on July 11 at 6 p.m. (PDT), Mexico on July 12 at 10 a.m. (PDT) and Chinese Taipei on July 12 at 5 p.m. (PDT). The General Tire World Cup of Softball finals will be played on Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (PDT).
The ESPN networks are the exclusive domestic home of the General Tire World Cup of Softball and feature over 10 hours of live coverage including the Championship Game on Sunday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (PDT). All telecasts will be aired in HD and also available for live streaming via WatchESPN. The games will also be available on the ESPN Pacific Rim International network. Click here to see the full ESPN broadcast schedule for the General Tire World Cup of Softball. Games not televised by ESPN will be available for viewing via a live stream on USASoftball.com.
The General Tire World Cup of Softball kicks off a full summer schedule for the USA Softball Women's National Team as they prepare for the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands August 15-24, 2014. The Women's National Team will also participate in the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada July 15-21 and Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy August 6-10. The complete schedule for the Women's National Team can be found here.
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.