The World Games 2022 Organising Committee, the International World Games Association (IWGA) and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced the official schedule of The World Games 2022 softball competition. The softball event will commence on Saturday, 9 July 2022, at Hoover Met Stadium.
The eight qualified teams have been drawn into two groups to start the tournament. After a three-day group stage, the top two teams from each group will advance to the semifinals, which will be held on Tuesday, 12 July. The medal round is set for 13 July, with the bronze medal game scheduled for 4 p.m. local time and the gold medal final at 8 p.m.
After qualifying at the 2021 Women's Softball European Championship, Italy (No. 7) will face No. 1 USA, No. 3 Canada, and No. 9 China. In group B, the Olympic Champions from Japan (No. 2 ) will play against No. 4 Mexico, No. 6 Chinese Taipei and No. 8 Australia.
— WBSC ⚾???? (@WBSC) February 24, 2022
Chinese Taipei and Mexico will open the tournament on 9 July at 10 a.m., followed by China and Canada at noon. Japan, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics gold medal winning team, will take on Australia at 4 p.m. while USA, the host and top-ranked team of the tournament, will face Italy in Game 4, at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the individual competitions are available at twg2022.com/tickets.
Softball was part of the first two editions of The World Games, in Santa Clara 1981 and London 1985. At the Cali 2013 Games, softball was part of the programme as an invitational sport.
The Opening Ceremony of The World Games 2022 will be held on 7 July at Protective Stadium.
/ WBSC pr