The European Softball Federation (ESF) was established in ROME (Italy) in 1976 by the representatives of six national Baseball and Softball Federations (Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Spain,) of the European continent, with the objectives of promoting and developing Softball in Europe. The ESF organized its first Senior Women Championship in 1979 in ROVERETO (ITALY), where 6 countries participated (Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Great Britain). Throughout the years, the ESF has grown and today there are thirty-three national Federations or Associations in the European continent, and has organized over sixty European Championships and more than one hundred European Cups for Clubs in all gender and age categories. The ESF has also established many training programs for coaches, players and umpires with hundreds of international Umpires graduates. The Federations affiliated to the ESF meet each year during the General Congress and is managed by an Executive Council of nine members, elected by that Congress. During the 2001 Congress in SOFIA (BULGARIA) the Delegates of the Congress have unanimously decided the constitution of the ESF as an Association under Swiss Law and have modified the Statutes accordingly.