TOULOUSE/RODEZ (U17 World Championship for Women) – With the groups for the inaugural U17 World Championship for Women drawn on 12th February, the exact tournament schedule has now been finalised.
In the 2009 U16 Continental Championships, the 12 participating countries were determined. Divided into two groups of six, the teams will play the five others in their respective groups during the group stage.
The first round will be played between 16th and 21st July, with group A games disputed at the Amphithéâtre in Rodez and group B games at the Palais des Sports in Toulouse.
The Championship openers see Japan taking on Russia in Rodez and China playing Argentina, with both games scheduled for 15:00 CET. Later that day – also in group A – hosts France get their campaign underway with a tough game against pre-tournament favourites USA (17:30 CET).
The following day old foes USA and Russia collide in a fixture that rarely disappoints (group A – 17:30 CET), while Australia play China in what is expected to be a tightly contested game between two title hopefuls (group B – 17:30 CET).
Day three of the competition, held on 18th July, serves up two repeats of last year’s U16 FIBA zone championship finals when USA come up against Canada (group A – 15:00 CET) and Spain face off against Belgium (group B – 17:30 CET).
Another game to keep an eye on is the coming together of two powerhouses in world basketball Spain and Argentina on 20th July (group B – 20:30 CET).
On 21st July all 12 teams will play their fifth and final first round games, bringing the group stage to a close.
The four top placed teams from each group qualify for the quarter-finals, held on 23rd July, while the semi-finals will be played the following day.
On Sunday 25th July, the two winning semi-finalists will come head to head to determine the winner of the inaugural FIBA U17 World Championship for Women.
Discover the full tournament schedule here.
Information regarding ticketing for the FIBA U17 World Championship for Women is available here.