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Field Set for World Cup and American Challenge Series

March 21, 2007

Oklahoma City, OK


 

FieldSet for World Cup and American Challenge Series
Tickets onsale now!

 

March 21, 2007

Oklahoma City, OK—The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today the teams that will be competing in the 3rd World Cup of Softball, July 12-16, in Oklahoma City. For the third consecutive year this world-class event will bring together some of the top teams in the world. USAthe reigning World Cup champions, will battle perennial powers Japan, Chinaand Canada for a third consecutive year. These four teams will be joined by two powers from South America and Latin America respectively. Venezuela and the Dominican Republic have been added to the six-team field this year to truly make this a worldclass competition.www.softballoutlet.comor by calling 1-800-654-8337.www.asasoftball.com


"The Amateur Softball Association is extremely excited to be hosting the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City for a third consecutive year", said ASA Executive Director, Ron Radigonda. "This year’s event is shaping up to be even better than our last two events. We have already sold over 50% more tickets than we did last year at this time. "
In 2006, over 25,000 fans from over 30 different states attended the five-day event where the USA reclaimed the World Cup from Japan in dominating fashion. The event was televised in over 200 different countries and watched by over eight million U.S. households.


Reserved seating for this year’s World Cup hasbeen expanded and fans are already taking advantage of the opportunity to reserve the best seat possible for the event. Pre-sales have already surpassedthe pre-sale numbers from a year ago.


The pre-sale of reserved tickets includes all-session tickets only. All-session premium reserved seats are available for $100,all-session grandstand reserved seats are $50 and all-session general admission seats are available for $30. The all-session tickets include a minimum of 15 games plus fans holding a ticket for the World Cup will receive free admission to the inaugural American Challenge Series being held at the same time.


The American Challenge Series was developed by the ASAto help expose the men’s fast pitch game to fans who attend the World Cupand to give the USA Men’s National Team an opportunity to play on American soil. This will be the first time an International Softball Federation (ISF) men’s fast pitch event has been hosted in the U.S. in more than a decade. The last event held in the U.S.was the 1996 ISF Men’s World Championship in Midland, Mich.
The teams competing in the American Challenge Series, July12-16, have also been finalized. The USA Softball Men’s National Team will face Japan, Venezuela and Argentina in a four teamround-robin before advancing into the championship round.


"We are very excited to be hosting the inaugural American Challenge Series in Oklahoma City this summer," said Radigonda. "Thisis a very unique opportunity for softball fans to get to see both the irnational teams play in one location. Men’s fast pitch is a very exciting sport to watch and I have no doubt fans are going to be treated to some great action."


There are less than 1,000 premium reserved tickets still available for the 3rd World Cup and seating assignmentrequests will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are lessthan 1,200 grandstand reserved tickets available as well.
Individual session tickets will be available at alater date.


The Ultimate Fan Zone package, which has been a hugehit with fans, is currently sold out but in case more seats become available fans can request to be put on a waiting list by calling 1-800-654-8337. TheUltimate Fan Zone includes an all-session reserved seat in the premier sectionof the stadium, a personalized replica jersey and dinner with Team USA aswell as an autograph session with the team. The Ultimate Fan Package is $250.

A schedule for the 3rd World Cup of Softball will be released in the next couple of weeks.
The 3rd World Cup of Softball and theAmerican Challenge Series are sanctioned by the International SoftballFederation, the governing body of softball internationally as recognized by theInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) and the General Association ofInternational Sports Federations (GAISF).


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Brian McCall

 

TheInternational Softball Federation (ISF) is the governing body of softballinternationally as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) andthe General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). The ISForganizes and conducts world championship competition in women's and men's fastpitch, junior women's and men's fast pitch, women's, men's and coed slow pitchand women's and men's modified pitch. The ISF sanctions regional championshipsand provides technical support to Regional (Multi-Sport) Games. Additionallythe ISF qualifies teams for Olympic softball competition in coordination withthe IOC. The ISF provides the official playing rules for internationalcompetition including but not limited to; Olympic Games, world championships,regional championships, regional Games and other sanctioned competitions.
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USA Softballis the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USAMen’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ NationalTeam programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping andpromoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domesticcompetitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the onlytwo women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture threeconsecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eightWorld Championship titles including the last six consecutive. For moreinformation about USA Softball, please visit


The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National GoverningBody of softball in the United States and a member of the United StatesOlympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sportsorganizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of84 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the earlydays to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than threemillion. For more information on the ASA, visit
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