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(The four nations that win their World Group II Play-offs will be in World Group II the following year, while the four losers will begin the next year in Group I Zonal events.) Once in the World Group or World Group II, four nations will be seeded in each.
The decision as to which nations will be seeded is made by the Fed Cup Committee, according to the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking.
The Heart Award is ITF's annual "MVP" award related to Fed Cup, which aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the team.
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci playing doubles together: it was as certain as death and taxes.
Grand Slam champions Darlene Hard, Billie Jean King, Margaret Smith and Lesley Turner all proudly representing their country on court.
The United States would emerged the champion nation in the opening year, however it was to be Australia in the early years, winning seven of the next eleven championships.
In 1963, the ITF launched the Federation Cup to celebrate its 35th anniversary.There have been a number of smaller changes to the format since 1995, the current format, introduced in 2005, incorporates an eight Nation World Group I and eight nation World Group II both playing home-and-away over three weekends throughout the year.Three regional groups compete and there are promotions and demotions based on results.As Groups I, II and III are played in a round robin format in all three zones, each event takes place at a single venue over one week.These are held in the first half of the year (to allow promotion of teams to the World Group II Play-Off ties in second half of the year), and dates and venues are decided by the Fed Cup Committee.