The ISF ran two previous Slowpitch World Cups in Plant City — in 2002 for men’s and co-ed teams and in 2005 for co-ed teams only. GB Slowpitch Teams participated in both, and a GB Team won the co-ed competition in 2002, while the 2005 tournament was won by a Scottish-based pick-up team. But neither competition was well-attended, and very few countries apart from the US, GB and Ireland sent teams.
Now the ISF hopes that the Slowpitch World Cup can be expanded and can lay the groundwork for more extensive international slowpitch competition in future. The decision to revive this event is part of an ISF campaign to promote other softball disciplines apart from fastpitch following the decision to drop women’s fastpitch softball from the Olympic Games.