OKLAHOMA CITY — The world’s best softball will return to Oklahoma City this summer with the World Cup of Softball XI at ASA Hall of Fame Complex - OGE Energy Field - INTEGRIS Field from July 4-10. Highlighted by the top 10 teams in the world, the week-long event returns to Oklahoma City for the first time since 2013.  With a record 13 countries slated to participate, tickets are on sale by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at ASAUSASoftball.comASAUSASoftball.com.

The 2016 World Cup, a WBSC-sanctioned event, features the top eight finalists from the 2014 WBSC World Championship: No 1. ranked Japan, No. 2 USA, No. 3 Australia, No. 4 Canada, No. 5 Chinese Taipei, No. 6 Netherlands, No. 7 China and No. 8 New Zealand.  Also scheduled to participate are Czech Republic, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the USA Women’s Elite Team.

“We’re excited to have the World Cup of Softball and Border Battle return to Oklahoma City,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “With the return of the Border Battle and Slow Pitch Showdown, fans will get the ultimate experience throughout the week-long event.  With a record-number of teams participating in this year’s World Cup, softball fans will have a chance to see the top teams in the world as they prepare for the WBSC World Championship in Canada later this summer.  We can’t wait to welcome these teams to our facility, and we look forward to the best competition in the world returning to the softball capital of the world.” 

The complete World Cup of Softball game schedule, special promotions, autograph sessions with the USA Softball teams, and media schedule will be announced at a later date.

All-session tickets, which are $175 for Gold Pass reserved seating and $60 for general admission seating, can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at ASAUSASoftball.comASAUSASoftball.com.  Gold Pass all-session tickets include a USA Softball hat, World Cup XI program, a personalized name slide on the videoboard at OGE Energy Field, exclusive parking and advanced autograph sessions.  Fans that hold the Gold Pass All-Session ticket will have open seating in the Gold Pass section (click here to view seating chartclick here to view seating chart).  Single session Gold Pass and general admission tickets will go on sale in early June.

The 2016 Women’s National TeamWomen’s National Team and Elite TeamElite Team rosters were named in January as 18 athletes have been selected to represent the Red, White and Blue on the Women’s National Team.  An additional 17 athletes have been named to the USA Softball Women’s Elite Team.  The rosters for the 2016 USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch and Future’s National Teams will be announced at a later date.

Follow along with the USA Softball National Team Program all year long at ASAUSASoftball.comASAUSASoftball.com.

-- Courtesy of ASA/USA Softball

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