International Softball Federation
The International Softball Federation is the international governing body
Sport governing body
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 for the sport of softball
Softball is a bat-and-ball sport played between two teams of 10 to 14 players. It is a direct descendant of baseball although there are some key differences: softballs are larger than baseballs, and the pitches are thrown underhand rather than overhand...

. The ISF is a non-profit corporation recognized by the International Olympic Committee
International Olympic Committee
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 (IOC) and the General Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

The ISF organizes and conducts world championship competition in women's & men's fast pitch, junior women's & junior men's fast pitch (19-and-under), women's, men's & coed slow pitch, and women's & men's modified pitch. The ISF sanctions regional championships and provides technical support to Regional (Multi-Sport) Games. Additionally the ISF qualifies teams for Olympic softball competition in coordination with the IOC. The ISF provides the official playing rules for international competition including but not limited to; Olympic Games, world championships, regional championships, regional Games and other sanctioned competitions.

Hall of Fame

For a list of inductees and their biographical sketches, see footnote.

The ISF Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
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 has inducted members every other year since 1981. Inductees include players, coaches, umpires, and administrators (plus individuals in the Meritorious Service category). Individuals are nominated by the national governing body for softball in their country. Nominees are considered by the ISF Hall of Fame Commission. Voting is conducted at the biennial ISF congress. ISF is planning to build an ISF Hall of Fame & Museum at its world headquarters in Plant City, Florida
Plant City, Florida
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, USA.

Medal of Honor

For a list of recipients, see footnote.

The ISF Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1990.

List of members

The ISF considers some dependent territories, such as the British Virgin Islands, to be "countries" for the purposes of international competition. Those dependent territories compete separately from their "parent" country. There are members from every continent in the world, except Antarctica.

The national governing body for softball in each of the countries listed below is considered to be a member of the ISF.


There are a total of thirty-four member countries and dependent territories.
. (The ISF calls them the Virgin Islands)


There are thirteen member countries and dependent territories.

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