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Women’s Softball European Cup Winners Cup “A” 2022 - Official Payoff

Schedules announced for the 2022 Women's Softball European Cups

Schedules announced for the 2022 Women's Softball European Cups
16/05/2022
Four Women's Softball European Cups will take place in 2022 from August 15 to 20, 2022: the Women's Softball European Premiere Cup, the Women's Softball European Cup, the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup A, and the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup B.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation European (WBSC Europe) announced the schedules for the Women's Softball European Cups, all happening simultaneously from August 15 to 20.

The top women's softball club event in Europe, the Women's Softball European Premiere Cup, is organised in Bollate, Italy, north of Milan. Eight teams will play in the event for the title of European club champion: the defending champion Forlì (ITA), Bollate (ITA), Olympia Haarlem (NED), Rivas Madrid (ESP), Joudrs Praha (CZE), Zürich Challengers (SWI), Les Comanches (FRA), and Wesseling Vermins (GER).

The games are set to start at 10:00 on August 15, 2022, when the Czech squad Joudrs Praha will face the 2021 European Champions from Forlì (ITA). The opening ceremony is scheduled for 20:00 on the same field and the Italian derby will follow: just like in the 2021 Women's Softball European Premiere Cup championship game Bollate will play against Forlì.

Thirty-two games are scheduled over six days on Bollate's main field. The bronze medal game will take place on Saturday, August 20, at 15:00, and the gold medal game will follow at 17:00.

In 2021, Forlì (ITA) conquered the Cup title, topping Bollate (ITA), 5-2, on Buttrio field in Italy.

Just 150 km to the west, the second pool of European champions will battle in the Women's Softball European Cup in Avigliana and Turin, Italy. Piemonte Region will host eleven teams, divided into two pools. Panthers Wroclaw (POL), Angels Dupnitsa (BUL), Princ Zagreb (CRO), Odense Giants (DEN), Söder Softball (SWE) will play in pool A. Vienna Wanderers (AUT), The Mix (GBR), Chicaboo's (BEL), Fireballs (ISR), Tampere Tigers (FIN), and home team Avigliana will compete in pool B.

Two fields, one in Avigliana and one in Turin, will host forty-two games over the course of six days. All teams will be presented during the opening ceremony in Avigliana on Monday, August 15 at 17:00. The bronze medal game will be played at 15:00 on Saturday, August 20, and the championship game will follow at 17:30.

The nation of the winner of the 2022 Women's Softball European Cup will be promoted to the 2023 Women's Softball European Premiere Cup.

In 2021, the Germans Wesseling Vermins won the Cup in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria, defeating the Wroclaw Panthers (POL), 6-1.

During the same week, a second team from each Member Federation was welcome to enter the lower European Cup: the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup. In 2022, the Cup has been divided into two tournaments: seven teams will take the field in Viladecans, Spain, in the pool A, and the other seven clubs will play in Evry-Courcouronnes, France, in the second pool.

Twenty-six games are scheduled in both tournaments. The opening ceremony is organised at 20:00 on Monday, August 15, 2022. The bronze medal games will be played at 18:00 on Saturday, August 20, and the gold medal game at 20:30.

Sparks Haarlem (NED), Saronno (ITA), Arrows Ostrava (CZE), Viladecans (ESP), Antwerp Eagles (BEL), Linz Witches (AUT), and Bonn Capitals (GER) will play the pool A of the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup in Viladecans, Spain, southwest from Barcelona.

In the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup B, Novi Zagreb (CRO), Les Pharaons (FRA), Gepardy Zory (POL), Wittenbach Panthers (SWI), Thunderbirds (ISR), Gladsaxe (DEN), Svövde Saints (SWE) will take the field in Evry-Courcouronnes, France, not far from Paris.

In 2021, Olympia Haarlem (NED) defeated Saronno (ITA) on their field, 3-2, in the Women's Softball Cup Winners Cup championship game.

Cover photo by Grega Valančič