The 2011 European Women Basketball Championship, commonly called EuroBasket Women 2011, is held for the 33rd time.
FIBA Europe have been responsible for the European zone since 1992 and are once again the governing body organising the event.
The competition system remain unchanged from the last two events:
The Preliminary Round, also known as the first round, sees all sixteen teams participate from 18 June until 20 June 2011.
The teams are divided into four groups of four teams. The top three teams from each group qualify for the Qualifying Round while the bottom teams from each group are eliminated.
The EuroBasket Women 2011 groups of the preliminary round are as follows:
Group A: Turkey, Russia, Slovak Republic Lithuania Group B: Czech Republic, Belarus, Great Britain, Israel Group C: Poland, Spain, Germany, Montenegro Group D: Greece, France, Croatia, Latvia
The Qualifying Round will take place between 22 and 27 June 2011. There are two groups composed of six teams.
Groups A and B are merged to form Group E while Groups C and D become Group F. The results from the preliminary round are taken into account while teams from the opposing preliminary round groups play each other.
The top four teams from the two groups then qualify for the Final Round, also known as the final 8 or quarter-final, while the remaining teams are eliminated.
The Final Round is basically a knock-out competition with the brackets determining the finishing order in each group. This phase of EuroBasket Women 2011 will take place between 29 June and 3 July 2011.
The first team in each group plays the fourth team in the other group while the second placed teams play the third placed ones.
The losers from the quarter-final play off in the 5th to 8th place competition. The winners of the semi-final contest the final while the losers play in the third place match.