The complete game and television schedule for the USA Softball International Cup has been announced as over 40 games are slated to be held from 1-7 July in Columbus, Ga. Most notably known for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the sport of softball, USA will return to the city where they claimed Gold in their Olympic debut.
The USA Softball International Cup, a World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) sanctioned event, will be highlighted by some of the top teams in the world. Teams expected to compete at the USA Softball International Cup are: No. 2 Japan, No. 4 Puerto Rico, No. 5 Mexico, No. 6 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 China, No. 13 Philippines and No. 20 Peru in addition to Team USA’s Women’s National Team and U-19 Women’s National Team.
USA Softball announced also the addition of Scrap Yard Fast Pitch and USSSA Pride to the lineup of participating teams. Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, an independent women’s softball team based out of the Houston, Texas area, is slated to compete in the USA Softball International Cup while the USSSA Pride, a professional softball team within the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, will play three exhibition contests in conjunction with the International Cup.
Teams will participate in round-robin action with the third and fourth best overall record teams playing for the Bronze on Sunday, 7 July. The top two international teams will compete in the USA Softball International Cup Championship Game.
ESPN is set to produce and distribute four USA Softball games and the Championship Game with all ESPN telecasts also available for live streaming via the ESPN app.
All non-televised games will be available to view via a free live stream at USASoftballInternationalCup.com.