Japan to host USA in international women’s softball series in August
The three-game series will begin days after the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup group stage.
The Japanese Softball Association (JSA) announced a three-game series between the top-two ranked programmes in the world: No. 1 USA and No. 2 Japan. The three games will be played in Iwakuni, Fukushima and Yokohama, all of them with Tokyo 2020 Olympic heritage.
The first game of the series will be played on Friday 4 August at Atago Sports Complex Baseball Stadium in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, where the US team held their pre-Tokyo 2020 training camp.
Both teams will face off again on August 6 at Fukushima Azuma Stadium, where the Tokyo 2020 Olympics started; while the final game is scheduled for August 7 at Yokohama Stadium, where Japan claimed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medal with a 2-0 win against USA.
The match times, rosters, how to watch and ticket sales information will be announced at a later date.
The three-game series will begin days after the WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup group stage. USA will compete in Group A in Fingal-Dublin, Ireland, from 11-15 July; while Japan needs to qualifiy for the global event during next week’s Asian qualifier.