The five best softball teams from around the world will soon meet in Oklahoma City with the hopes of being crowned the champions of the World Cup of Softball.
Despite it being the eighth year of the tournament's existence, there have been just two countries to win the title. The United States has dominated the bracket in the past, winning six-of-seven championships. Japan is the only other team to have hoisted the trophy at the tournament’s conclusion.
In the coming days, each of the teams participating will play each other once. Then, seeds will be determined based on the preliminary round standings.
The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds will play for the opportunity to play the No. 3 seed in the Third Place Game. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will square off for the title.
Here is a breakdown of the five teams looking to win the World Cup of Softball this year, including each squad’s schedule for the week and information as to how each country has fared in this competition in the past.
*Schedules provided by TeamUSA.org.