The World Cup is a round robin format consisting of a number of teams from around the world. Each team plays each other once, then the two teams with the best records play in a one-game, winner-take-all championship. The official world competition was first held in and has been played every year since, with the exception of due to many national teams' participation in the Olympics. However, softball has since been discontinued as an Olympic sport, thereby ensuring that the World Cup will remain relevant at the international level for the foreseeable future. This softball competition-related article is a stub.
The number of teams in the tournament began at five in its inaugural event in , went to a high of 28 for the edition, and now the WBSC Code legislates that the maximum number of teams that may participate is There are qualifying tournaments that determine which countries will play at the World Cup. A women's softball world championship predates the ISF's event. A championship was held in Canada between several American and Canadian teams in and In , ten countries participated.
Japan JSA joined soon after and Australia became a member in New Guinea, not yet an ISF member, also joins. Interim President Nick Barack, who was recovering from an accident, delegates Bill Kethan to chair the meeting. In 5 more meetings were approved the bylaws. March - On their way home from Australia, the Brakettes stop in Amsterdam and play the first international softball game in Europe.
Fraccari and Porter sat on the Committee that picked the name of the new organisation. Baseball5 - Histo ry. The days of professional players in the Olympic Games were yet to come, so Mann put together two teams World Champions and US Olympics to play a demonstration game at the Berlin Olympics. Mann himself umpired the game. During the Games, Mann proposed the idea of an International Baseball Federation to the delegates of the 21 participating Nations.