CHIBA, Japan — Following eight days of exciting competition, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the Playoff Schedule for the Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan — where one nation will earn a place at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The original field of 16 nations has been cut in half, with 8 teams advancing to the Championship Round.
Showcasing the global spread of the sport, four continents — Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania — still have representatives in softball’s battle For The Title of World Champion.
In order of standings, United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Netherlands have advanced out of Group A, while Japan, Australia, Canada and Italy have advanced out of Group B.
Eight nations — Chinese Taipei, China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Philippines, Venezuela, Botswana and South Africa — have been eliminated from medal contention but will continue to play in the Placement Round to determine the final standings and allocation of world ranking points.
The playoffs of the flagship softball event will take place at ZOZO Marine Stadium, the home of Nippon Professional Baseball’s (NPB) Chiba Lotte Marines.
Championship Round Schedule
- C1 – 10:00 – Italy v Mexico
- C2 – 12:30 – Canada v Netherlands
- C3 – 15:30 – United States v Australia
- C4 – 19:00 – Japan v Puerto Rico
Placement Round Schedule
- P1 – 10:00 – Chinese Taipei v Botswana
- P2 – 10:00 – China v South Africa
- P3 – 14:00 – New Zealand v Venezuela
- P4 – 14:00 – Great Britain v Philippines
The World Championship Finale will be held on Sunday, 12 August, at 19:00 local time.
For full coverage of the event, including live play-by-play, stats and game summaries, visit the official tournament website at https://wswc.wbsc.org.