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ABOUT THE TOURNAMENTTHE ROAD TO TOKYO

The 2019 Softball Qualification Tournament in Utrecht.

The top eight softball teams from the Europe-Africa region will travel to the Netherlands and compete at the Take Off to Tokyo in 2019. The tournament will be hosted in Utrecht from the 23rd to the 27th of July, and will showcase six European and two African countries as they battle it out on the softball field. Eight teams will compete, but only one team will earn their ticket to Tokyo.

The Take Off to Tokyo is one of three softball qualification tournaments to be held in 2019. The American Qualification Tournament will be played in Surrey, Canada from the 25th of August to the 1st of September. Whilst the countries from Asia and Oceania will be competing for their ticket in Shanghai, China from the 24th to the 29th of September.

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ROAD TO TOKYOTOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The eight competing softball teams are divided into two groups. Group A consists of: the Netherlands (A1), Great Britain (A2), Spain (A3) and South Africa (A4). Italy (B1), France (B2), the Czech Republic (B3) and Botswana (B4) are classified in group B after a draw by the WBSC.

The tournament will open with a Round Robin series, and each team will play off against the other teams in their selected group. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the Super Round, and compete in the final series for their ticket to Tokyo.

Team Kingdom of the Netherlands will play all three Round Robin games at 7:00 PM, and if placed within the Super Round, the Netherlands will compete at 7:00 PM Friday 26th and 3:00 PM Saturday 27th.

Start*July 23July 24July 25
10:00 AMESP v GBRFRA v BOTITA v FRA
01:00 PMBOT v ITARSA v GBRESP v RSA
04:00 PMFRA v CZECZE v ITABOT v CZE
07:00 PMRSA v NEDNED v ESPGBR v NED

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GET INVOLVEDTOURNAMENT EXTRAS

There will be plenty of action on and off the field at The Take Off to Tokyo!
ENTERTAINMENT
Are you up for the challenge? Discover the strength of your softball skills... Or learn how to play Baseball5 - a new urban variation of the game. All you need is a ball!
FOOD COURT
Being an enthusiastic softball supporter is hungry work! Throughout the tournament there will be various food and beverage options available to keep you sustained.
MERCHANDISE
The Qualification Tournament is a historic softball event. Don’t miss the chance to get your Take Off to Tokyo souvenir. Get your hoodie, cap and many more stuff here!

THE TEAMS

All eight qualified teams for the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa are known! These are the six best qualified European countries and the two best qualified African countries:
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EUROPETHE NETHERLANDS

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EUROPEITALY

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EUROPEUNITED KINGDOM

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EUROPECZECH REPUBLIC

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EUROPEFRANCE

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EUROPESPAIN

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AFRICASOUTH AFRICA

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AFRICABOTSWANA

SOFTBALL QUALIFIERLATEST NEWS

Italy qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics as top softball team across Europe/Africa27Jul
Italy qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympics as top softball team across Europe/Africa
The Italian National Softball Team today earned a place in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, defeating Great Britain,5-0, in the Final of the Softball Qualifier Event Europe/Africa for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. It will be the third time that Italy will participate and represent Europe in an Olympic softball event, the pinnacle of the sport.  
Italy beats Great Britain, qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games27Jul
Italy beats Great Britain, qualifies for the 2020 Olympic Games
Italy defeated Great Britain 5-0 in the final game of the WBSC Softball Europe Africa Olympic Qualifier held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and got the ticket for Tokyo 2020. Italian pitcher Greta Cecchetti was outstanding, throwing a shutout game in 99 pitches with 13 strikes out and only 2 hits allowed. Emily Carosone and Erika Piancastelli got a pair of hits. Italy was the third team to join the Olympic Games, with the already qualified Japan and USA.
Vonk, van Dalen help Netherlands to end Olympic Qualifier with a win27Jul
Vonk, van Dalen help Netherlands to end Olympic Qualifier with a win
The Netherlands ended the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa with a win against the Czech Republic, 7-0 in 5 innings. Maxime van Dalen got two hits, including a double, while Britt Vonk hit a pair of RBI’s.
Piancastelli, Cacciamani help Italy to past the Netherlands at Olympic Qualifier26Jul
Piancastelli, Cacciamani help Italy to past the Netherlands at Olympic Qualifier
In the rematch of the last European Championships Final, Italy defeated the Netherlands 7-4 and remained unbeaten at the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The host team took an early 4-1 lead, but Italy bounced back thanks to three homers hit by Emily Carosone, Erika Piancastelli and Giulia Longhi. Ilaria Cacciamani got the win, while Ginger de Weert took the loss. Tomorrow, Italy will face Great Britain in the last game of the Qualifier in a winners take all game.

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

The top eight softball teams from the Europe-Africa region will travel to the Netherlands and compete at the Take Off to Tokyo in 2019. The tournament will be hosted in Utrecht from the 23rd to the 27th of July, and will showcase six European and two African countries as they battle it out on the softball field. Eight teams will compete, but only one team will earn their ticket to Tokyo.

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