To participate in the U16 European Championships is the chance for the players from the 1997 generation to shine on an international stage. This year the top five teams join the hosts, the Slovak Republic, at the 2014 U17 FIBA World Championship for Women.
Bulgaria are hosting the Division A competition in the towns of Albena and Varna. The matches are to be played in the Albena Sport Gym and the University Sports Hall of Varna.
Portugal are hosting the Division B tournament for the first time. Matosinhos is the hosting town and the games are to be played in the "Centro de Desportos e Congressos de Matosinho" and Pavilhao Municipal de Guiföes.
Both tournaments take place at the same time from 1 until 11 August 2013.
The format for the Division A tournament has changed slightly with the removal of the relegation round.
The teams are split into four groups of four teams. At the end of the preliminary round the top three teams of each group move to the qualifying round.
Group A: Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Spain
Group B: Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group C: Belgium, Lithuania, Netherlands, Italy
Group D: Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Slovak Republic
The bottom four teams must play in a relegation group in
which all teams play each other once before being integrated into the 9th - 16th classification round.
The second round, also known as the Qualifying Round, is the creation of two groups of six teams.
Groups A and B are merged to form Group E while groups C and D become Group F.
In this round the teams cross over with each team playing the opposing preliminary group members once.
The top four teams from the two groups then qualify for the Final Round, also known as the final 8 or quarter-final. The remaining teams participate in the 9th to 16th place Classification Round.
The Final Round is basically a knock-out competition with the brackets determining the finishing order in each group.
The first team in each group plays the fourth team in the other group while the second placed team plays the third placed one.
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.
The Division B tournament this year has 17 teams, one group of five teams and three groups of four teams.
At the end of the first phase the top two teams from each group qualify for the 1st - 8th place classification games while the rest of the teams play in the 9th -17th classification games.
The three medallists at the Division B European Championship gain promotion to Division A for 2014.
The seventeen teams taking part are: Belarus, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Isreal, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.
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11 August 2013: Spain Champions are - Angela Salvadores MVP
10 August 2013: Czech Republic and Spain in final- Bulgaria and Lithuania relegated
09 August 2013: 4 teams for the title, 4 teams against relegation
09 August 2013: Italy surprise Russia (61-55)
09 August 2013: The Czech Republic deny Latvia (66-56)
09 August 2013: Hungary eliminated Croatia (75-50)
09 August 2013: Spain qualify for semi-final again after beating France (48-43)
07 August 2013: Eight teams for the title - Three teams for the drop
06 August 2013: Belgium, Greece and the Netherlands eliminated on day 5
05 August 2013: Italy, Russia and Spain qualify for quarter-finals
03 August 2013: Bulgaria, Lithuania and the Slovak Republic are out of the title race
02 August 2013:Sweden first team eliminated
01 August 2013:Top teams are already setting the standards
12 August 2013: Luxembourg a small nation with big potential
10 August 2013: Serbia win title, Denmark promoted
10 August 2013: Portugal and Serbia promoted to Division A
09 August 2013: Drama and double overtime in lower classification games on day 9
08 August 2013: Portugal and Denmark complete the semi-final pairing
07 August 2013: Serbia and Finland qualify for semi-final while Ana Ferariu explodes the score sheet
06 August 2013: Classification games for lower places started
05 August 2013: The first round ends with disappointment for Germany
03 August 2013: Serbia punch ticket for Quarter-Final Round
02 August 2013: Serbia set the pace in Group A
01 August 2013: Big wins for Germany and Portugal
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