SURREY, Canada -- The biennial Women's Softball World Championship will bring together a record 31 national teams from all five regions to Surrey, Canada from July 15-24. This represents the largest global footprint in the event's history, with eleven nations will be making their women's world championship debuts. The gold medal game will take center stage on July 24 at 6:00 p.m. PT, and will be preceded by the bronze medal match at 1:00 p.m PT.
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Ten nations from the Americas region will be represented at the 15th edition of the flagship women's softball event in Surrey, Canada. Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru will be making their debuts at the Women's Softball World Championship, while Canada and Venezuela include Olympians to their roster. Nine-time World Champions -- USA -- is always looked at as a contender for Gold.
The African nations of Kenya and Uganda will be making their debuts.
Six nations from the Asian region will be represented. India and Pakistan will be making their debuts, while two-time defending World Champions Japan join China, Chinese Taipei, and the Philippines as previous medal winners.
Europe is represented by the largest number of national teams with 11 number of countries. Ireland, Israel, Serbia, and Switzerland are making their women's world championship debut. Austria, France, and Greece are making their second appearance, while Czech Republic, Great Britain, Italy, and the Netherlands have been on the world stage frequently.
Tournament Format and Facts (See Official Schedule)
The 31 nations have been divided into eight pools to compete in a preliminary round-robin. The teams will then be allocated to four sections of four in either a championship or placement round-robin based on their finish in the preliminary round-robin. The top two teams from each section will advance to the Championship Double Page system.
Teams finishing third and fourth in pool play will be placed in a placement pool to play in a Double Page systems to determine position 9-16. Remaining teams in each pool advance to Single Page placement pools for position 17 -31.
Pool A: Japan, Venezuela, France
Pool B: USA, Brazil, Austria, Israel
Pool C: Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Serbia
Pool D: Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Uganda
Pool E: Chinese Taipei, Puerto Rico, India, Ecuador
Pool F: Netherlands, Czech Republic, Philippines, Pakistan
Pool G: China, Cuba, Guatemala, Greece
Pool H: New Zealand, Italy, Kenya, Peru
All 31 participating National Teams will compete on Opening Day, with action opening on Friday, July 15 at 8:30 a.m. PT.