OKLAHOMA CITY — The International Softball Federation (ISF), softball’s world governing body, announced the game schedule for the 16-nation ISF XIV Women’s World Championship, scheduled to take place August 15-24 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Team USA will look to build on a Silver Medal finish from the previous World Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The ten-day tournament features two pools of eight teams who will compete in round-robin games during the first seven days of play and then will be seeded into a page playoff format to determine the World Champion over the final three days of the tournament.
Team USA will open play against Netherlands August 15 at 8 p.m. (tournament local time) and will continue pool play through August 21. Playoffs begin at 12:30 p.m. on August 21 and end with the Gold Medal game at 3 p.m. on August 24.
Seventeen athletes will make up Team USA’s World Championship roster which will be announced June 22 following a team selection camp and exhibition series. Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla../head coach University of South Florida) will lead the Red, White and Blue into the summer with his assistants to be named at a later date.
The 16 teams that will compete are: Australia, Botswana, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia and the United States.
Prior to the ISF Women’s World Championship, the team will compete in an exhibition game in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 3, the ninth installment of the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, Calif. July 7-12, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada July 14-21, another set of exhibition games in Waldorf, Md. July 29 and Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy August 6-10.
For updates on the USA Softball Women’s National Team and events throughout the 2014 season visit www.USASoftball.com.