Macedonia hosts Basketball U18 European Championship Women Division B 2008
When FIBA Europe awarded the Basketball U18 European Championship Women Division B to Macedonia, it was already known that the competition would not be played at the same time as the U18 Women Division A competition which is not usually the case.
The reason for the delay in the start date of the Division B competition was that the Handball Junior World Championships was also hosted by Macedonia in Skopje. This event finished on 3 August 2008 with Germany becoming world champions.
The format of 20 teams means that every team will have one rest day during the group round. As a result there is only one offical rest day on the 12 August 2008.
Thereby the competition schedule is reduced to nine days instead of the customary ten days for European Championships at Division A and Division B level.
Furthermore a last change was made concerning the hall the matches were to be played in. The recently build Boris Trajkovski Arena was replaced by two separate locations in Skopje, the "Sports Hall Jane Sandanski" and the smaller hall at the Kale Sports recreation center.
The teams are divided into four groups of five teams for the first stage of the competition.
Although the draw was conducted with a ranking system based on recent competition, preparation results have indicated that a lot of surprises are on the cards this season.
The competition system is as follows: The top two teams from the group stage will participate in the qualifying round with the teams from Group A playing Group B in one group and teams from Group C and Group D in the second group.
The result of the head to head between the qualifying teams from each group is carried through into the qualifying round. At the end of the qualifying round the top two teams from the new groups qualify for the semi-final.
The winners of the semi-final matches win promotion to Division A and will face each other in the gold medal match while the losing semi-finalists play for bronze.
Teams eliminated from the title race take part in classification round competitions with similar rules to that of the qualifying round. The exception to this rule is that teams, finishing bottom of the group games, will participate in a classification round robin competition for 17th place.
You will be able to find previews for all the groups by following links
Basketball U18 European Championship Women Division B picture credit: Trinn Teppo (Estonia) - Siim Semiskar (www.siimphoto.net) Belgium U18 Team - V. Deblock (basketfeminin.com) Date created: 05 August 2008