Australia’s national teams are ranked in the top 5 in the world, competing at Olympic Games, WBSC World Championships and other elite level international events.
The Australian Open Women’s Team competes at the Olympic Games, where Australia has medalled at every Olympic softball competition held. With silver in Athens in 2004 and bronze in Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000 and Beijing in 2008, Australia is one of only two countries, in addition to USA, to have achieved this feat.
Australia hosted the Olympic Games softball competition in 2000 in Sydney at Blacktown International Sportspark. The venue has provided a lasting legacy for softball in Australia and to this day still hosts elite level international and national events.
Softball will feature at the Olympic Games again in Tokyo in 2020, Australia will be striving to maintain its outstanding podium record.
WBSC World Championships
WBSC Women’s World Championship
The Australian Women’s Softball Team, Aussie Spirit, compete in the WBSC Women’s World Championship. Initially held every four years, and now held biennially, the inaugural event was hosted by Australia in 1965, with Australia winning the gold medal. Since then, Australia has won medals at a further seven World Championships. The most recent World Championship was held in Japan in 2018, with the Aussie Spirit finishing in fourth place, behind the USA, Japan and Canada.
WBSC Men’s World Championship
The Australian Men’s Softball Team, Aussie Steelers, compete in the WBSC Men’s World Championship, currently held every two years. The inaugural World Championship was held in Mexico in 1966, where the USA won gold. Australia participated in their first Men’s World Championship in 1988, held in Saskatoon, Canada, finishing 7th. The Aussie Steelers returned to Saskatoon in 2009 and won gold. The most recent World Championship was held in 2017 in Whitehorse, Canada, with the Aussie Steelers winning the silver medal.
WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship
The Australian U19 Women’s Softball Team, Junior Spirit, compete in the WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship, currently held every two years. The first Junior Women’s World Championship was held in 1981 in Canada. Australia hosted the 4th Junior World Championship in South Australia in 1991. Junior Spirit has medalled at four World Championships, winning bronze in 1995, 2003, 2007 and 2013.
WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship
The Australian U19 Men’s Softball Team, Junior Steelers, compete in the WBSC Junior Men’s World Championship, currently held every two years. The first Junior Men’s World Championships was held in 1981. However, Australia did not make their debut until 1993 at the Junior Men’s World Championships in New Zealand, where they placed fourth. Since then, the Junior Steelers have been Australia’s most successful national team, winning World Championships in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2008 and at the most recent World Championship in 2018.
Australian national teams regularly travel overseas to compete at elite level international events.
The Aussie Spirit has regularly competed at the Canada Cup, the Japan Cup and the USA Softball International Cup, often winning medals at these events.