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Competing teams
Softball at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing took place over a ten day period starting August 12 and culminating in the medal finals on August 21. All games were played at the Fengtai Softball Fieldmarker. Olympic softball is a women only competition, with men competing in the similar sport of baseball.

The International Olympic Committeemarker has voted to remove softball from the program for the 2012 Olympics. Many theories abound, but the most common one is that the U.S. teams are simply too dominant in the sport, having won gold in the previous three Olympics and winning them convincingly. 2008 was the last time that softball will be contested at the Olympics unless it is reinstated at a future date. The IOC will vote on this subject again in 2009.


In one of the major upsets of the 2008 Summer Olympics, Japan defeated U.S. 3-1 to win the gold medal. The Americans have won gold and dominated their opponents in the previous three Olympics. This is the only Olympic Softball Gold Medal that the U.S. has not won. Their dominance was cited as one of the reasons why the IOCmarker voted to drop the sport from the 2012 Olympics.

Gold Silver Bronze

Naho Emoto

Motoko Fujimoto

Megu Hirose

Emi Inui

Sachiko Ito

Ayumi Karino

Satoko Mabuchi

Yukiyo Mine

Masumi Mishina

Rei Nishiyama

Hiroko Sakai

Rie Sato

Mika Someya

Yukiko Ueno

Eri Yamada

Monica Abbott
Stacey Nuveman
Crystl Bustos
Jennie Finch
Laura Berg
Lauren Lappin
Lovieanne Jung
Cat Osterman
Tairia Flowers
Andrea Duran
Jessica Mendoza
Victoria Galindo
Kelly Kretschman
Caitlin Lowe
Natasha Watley

Jodie Bowering
Kylie Cronk
Kelly Hardie
Tanya Harding
Sandy Lewis
Simmone Morrow
Tracey Mosley
Stacey Porter
Melanie Roche
Justine Smethurst
Danielle Stewart
Natalie Titcume
Natalie Ward
Belinda Wright
Kerry Wyborn


Competition format

Eight teams compete in the Olympic softball tournament, and the competition consists of two rounds. The preliminary round follows a round robin format, where each of the teams plays all the other teams once. Following this, the top four teams advance to a page playoff system round consisting of two semifinal games, and finally the bronze and gold medal games.


The eight teams in the Olympic softball tournament will qualify through a series of tournaments. China, as the host nation, is guaranteed one automatic entry. The top four finalists at the 2006 Softball World Championships will be qualified for the Olympic tournament. Finally, there will be continental qualifying tournaments for Europe/Africa, Pan-America, and Asia/Oceania, with the winners of each tournament earning a spot in the Olympic tournament.

Qualification schedule

Date Event Location Qualifier
Host Nation
Aug 20-29, 2006 2006 ISF World Championship Beijing

June 9-16, 2007 Europe & Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament Triestemarker
Feb. 1-5, 2007 Asian & Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament Tainan Citymarker 1
Aug. 19-24, 2007 Pan-American Olympic Qualifying Tournament Valenciamarker

Chinese Taipei is the official IOCmarker designation for the state officially referred to as the Republic of Chinamarker, more commonly known as Taiwanmarker. (See also political status of Taiwan for details.)

Group Stage

Preliminary round

Qualified for the semifinals

All times are China Standard Time (UTC+8)
Team W L RS RA WIN% GB Tiebreaker
7 0 53 1 1.000 - -
6 1 23 13 .857 1 -
5 2 30 11 .714 2 -
3 4 17 23 .429 4 -
2 5 10 23 .286 5 2-0 vs. CHN/VEN
2 5 19 21 .286 5 1-1 vs. TPE/VEN
2 5 15 35 .286 5 0-2 vs. CHN/TPE
1 6 8 48 .143 6 -

Tiebreaking procedures follow the International Softball Federation's standard procedure for the resolution of ties.

August 12

August 13

August 14

August 15

August 16

August 17

August 18

Medal Round

Loser of 1&2 seed game will play the Winner of the 3&4 seed game in the Bronze Medal Match. The Loser of the Bronze Medal Match wins the Bronze Medal while the winner goes on to play the winner of the 1&2 seed game for the Gold Medal in the Gold Medal Match.


Bronze Medal Match

Winner advances to gold medal match. Loser wins bronze medal.

Gold Medal Match


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