Softball Qualifier EventCzechs, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands keep dream alive of playing softball at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

25 July 2019

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced the Super Round schedule for the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The field has been cut in half, with four nations remaining in the hunt for one historic ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

World No. 12 Great Britain and No. 10 Netherlands claimed Group A’s two available places in the Super Round. Great Britain went undefeated (3-0) to win the group, while the host nation (2-1) ended at second place.

In Group B, No. 9 Italy and No. 15 Czech Republic have advanced to the Super Round. Italy won the group with perfect record (3-0) while Czech Republic (2-1) placed second.

No. 26 France, No. 28 South Africa, No. 35 Spain and No. 43 Botswana have been eliminated in the Olympic qualifier.

Super Round Schedule

Friday, 26 July

  • Czech Republic vs Great Britain at 16:00
  • The Netherlands vs Italy at 19:00

Saturday, 27 July (game times TBD)

  • The Netherlands vs Czech Republic
  • Great Britain vs Italy

The top nation in the final standings after the Super Round will earn a berth at the historic softball’s return to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. Only results between the four qualified nations (including matches in the Opening Round) count toward the final Super Round standings.

Current Standings

1. Great Britain (1-0)

1. Italy (1-0)

3. Czech Republic (0-1)

3. Netherlands (0-1)

Global Live-Stream

All four games of the Super Round will be available to global audiences via the WBSC platform, Game Time. The games will also be streamed through the Olympic Channel and La Liga Sports.

Czech public television station, Czech TV will air live Czech Republic’s two Super Round games, while the satellite platform Sky Italia will do the same with the Italian National Team matches.

For full event coverage, including live play-by-play, stats and standings, visit the official website of the Softball Qualifier Europe/Africa.


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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