Just 15 games to determine who plays for the gold.

Unlike Olympic softball tourneys in the past, this go-around is a bit different: With just six teams involved in the 2021 Olympic softball field, some changes had to be made to the format, and they’re simple — and welcome — changes. 

So instead of round-robin play and then a playoff, there is a single round-robin tournament that will ultimately decide the order of the seeds, with the top two teams vying for gold on July 27. Easy, peasy.

Here’s how the standings shake out entering the first round of games on July 20:

MORE: What you need to know about Olympic softball in 2021

Olympic softball standings

Olympic softball standings work like a normal baseball or softball season: Each team will play each other once, with the top two squads advancing to the gold-medal game. The third- and fourth-place teams land in the bronze medal game.

Place Team Games played Wins Losses Runs for Runs against Run differential
1 Japan 2 2 0 11 3 +8
2 United States 2 2 0 3 0 +3
3 Australia 2 1 1 2 8 -6
4 Canada 2 1 1 4 1 +3
5 Italy 2 0 2 0 3 -3
6 Mexico 2 0 2 2 7 -5

Last updated: Thursday, July 22.

Olympic softball tournament schedule, results

There isn’t a traditional bracket in the 2021 softball tournament as there would be in single- or double-elimination tournaments. This year, it’s a single round-robin format, with every team playing each other once, marking a departure from eight-team group play in prior Olympics.

That format makes for 15 games total, before the bronze- and gold-medal games on July 27:

Tuesday, July 20

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Australia at Japan NBC Sports 8 p.m. Japan 8, Australia 1
Italy at USA NBC Sports 11 p.m. USA 2, Italy 0

Wednesday, July 21

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Mexico at Canada NBC Sports, CBC 2 a.m. Canada 4, Mexico 0
USA at Canada NBC Sports, CBC 8 p.m. USA 1, Canada 0
Mexico at Japan NBC Sports 11 p.m. Japan 3, Mexico 2

Thursday, July 22

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Italy at Australia NBC Sports 2 a.m. Australia 1, Italy 0

Friday, July 23

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Australia at Canada NBC Sports, CBC 9 p.m. TBD

Saturday, July 24

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
USA at Mexico NBC Sports 1:30 a.m. TBD
Japan at Italy NBC Sports 7 a.m. TBD
Australia at USA NBC Sports 9 p.m. TBD

Sunday, July 25

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Canada at Japan NBC Sports, CBC 1:30 a.m. TBD
Italy at Mexico NBC Sports 7 a.m. TBD
Japan at USA NBC 9 p.m.  TBD

Monday, July 26

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Canada at Italy NBC Sports, CBC 1:30 a.m. TBD
Mexico at Australia NBC Sports 7 a.m. TBD

Tuesday, July 27

Matchup TV channel Time (ET) Result
Bronze Medal Game NBC Sports Midnight TBD
Gold Medal Game NBC Sports 7 a.m. TBD





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