Softball Olympics 2021: Schedule, Teams, Rules, Odds, USA Roster

Adam Taylor McKillop
Softball Olympics 2021: Schedule, teams, rules, odds and USA roster.
Softball Olympics 2021: Schedule, teams, rules, odds and USA roster. / Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images

It's been 12 years, but softball is officially back for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. Softball last appeared in the 2008 Olympics and fans everywhere are gearing up to tune in to the sport's official Olympic comeback.

Softball Olympics 2021

Here's everything you need to know about softball's return at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Softball Olympics 2021 Schedule

Opening Round: Wednesday, July 21 - Monday, July 26
Gold and Bronze Medal Games: Tuesday, July 27

Softball Olympics 2021 Teams

- United States
- Japan
- Canada
- Mexico
- Australia
- Italy

Softball Olympics 2021 Rules

Each country will play the other five teams in the Opening Round. The teams will then be seeded based on records for the Gold Medal and Bronze Medal games.

Bases are 60 feet apart and the pitcher's rubber is 43 feet away. The pitcher must throw the ball underhand and games are contested over seven untimed innings. If a game is tied after seven innings, extra innings will be played until one team ends an inning with the lead. 

Team USA Softball Roster 2021

Softball Olympics Odds

Team USA is the current favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook to win the gold medal in softball at -210 odds. Japan sits with the second-best odds at +200, followed by Canada (+850), Australia (+1400), Mexico (+1800) and Italy (+5000).

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