OKLAHOMA CITY ó The worldís best softball will return to Oklahoma City this summer with the World Cup of Softball VIII and Border Battle V taking over ASA Hall of Fame Complex July 11-14. Highlighted by a rematch between the 2012 International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship Finalists Japan and the USA Womenís National Team, the four-day event returns for an eighth consecutive year and tickets are on sale today! Tickets for the five-country tournament and the Border Battle are now on sale by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com.
The 2013 World Cup line-up includes the top four teams from last yearís ISF World Championship: No 1. ranked Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Australia and No. 4 Canada. The World Cup, an ISF sanctioned event, will also feature the Puerto Rican Womenís National Team, who finished eighth at the ISF World Championship.
The 5th Menís Border Battle Slow Pitch game will also return to Oklahoma City on Thursday, July 11 when the USA takes the field against Canada in Border Battle V. This is a fanís best opportunity to see both the Womenís and the menís teams take the field for the Red, White and Blue on Thursday evening. In 2012, the USA Men demonstrated a tremendous come from behind effort to defeat Canada, 32-21. The Americans used 34 hits to score the 32 runs and capitalized off of two key errors from Canada to capture Team USAís third Border Battle title in the eventís four-year history.
On the womenís side, the United States defeated Australia in the finals of the 2012 World Cup, clinching a sixth title in seven tries. Canada finished third and Puerto Rico was fifth. Japan is returning to the World Cup for the first time since finishing second in 2011 behind the USA.
The complete World Cup of Softball game schedule, including special promotions and autograph sessions with the USA Softball teams, and the television/media schedule will be announced at a later date.
All-session tickets, which are $250 for the Ultimate Fan Zone reserved seating in the first three rows of the stadium, $60 for other reserved seating and $30 for general admission seating, can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com. Single session general admission tickets will be on sale in early June.
The Ultimate Fan Zone package also includes a private autograph session and meal with the USA Softball Womenís National Team, open only to Ultimate Fan Zone (UFZ) ticket holders, as well as free parking and a white ASA/USA Softball hat and the opportunity for personalized name slide on the videoboard with a photo opportunity and more. Tickets and other UFZ materials will be shipped in June.
The 2013 USA Softball Womenís National Team roster will be finalized in June following the USA Softball Womenís National Team Selection Camp. The members of the 2013 USA Softball Menís Slow Pitch National Team will be announced in the spring.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.
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