The 2013 U18 European Championships for Women are the last youth international tournaments for this season organised by FIBA Europe.
This competition is open to all players from the 1995 age group and younger.
Croatia are hosting the Division A competition for the first time and the matches are played in Vukovar and Vinkovci, in the "Sportska dvorana Borovo naselje" sports hall Vukovar and the "Ekonomska i trgovacka skola Ivana Domca" sports hall of Vinkovci.
Hungary are regular hosts of youth European Championships and the city of Miskolc that hosted the 2012 U16 Division A tournament is to be the hosts for the U18 Division B tournament. The games are to played in the Generali Arena and the University Sports Hall.
Both tournaments take place at the same time from 15 until 25 August 2013.
The format for the Division A tournament has changed slightly in 2013 with the removal of the relegation round.
The teams are split into four groups of four teams. At the end of the First Round the top three teams of each group move to the Second Round.
Group A: Belarus, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Turkey
Group B: Croatia, England, Spain, Russia
Group C: Greece, Portugal, Serbia, Sweden
Group D: France, Italy, Slovak Republic, Slovenia
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-finals contest the final while the losers play in the third-place match.
The Division B tournament this year has 18 teams, two 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 - 18th classification games.
The three medallists at the Division B European Championship gain promotion to Division A for 2014.
The seventeen teams taking part are: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Switzerland, Ukraine.
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25 August 2013: Spain are Champions - Leticia Romero MVP
24 August 2013: France and Spain ready for title
23 August 2013: France, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain qualify for semi-final
21 August 2013: Sweden and Turkey join quarter-final brackets
20 August 2013: Italy and Russia advance while Spain and France remain perfect
19 August 2013: France, Netherlands, Serbia and Spain advance to quarter-finals
17 August 2013: Second round seeding set while underdogs blown away
16 August 2013: 10 team adavance, 2 eliminated on day 2
15 August 2013: U18 power nations fly on day 1
25 August 2013: Poland take Gold, Lithuania promoted
24 August 2013: Belgium and Poland promoted
22 August 2013: Semi-finalists confirmed, disappointment for hosts
21 August 2013: Drama and excitement on first day of Quarter-final Round action
19 August 2013: Eight teams survive First Round
18 August 2013: Belgium advance, while Germany must wait to know their fate
17 August 2013: Three teams advance, four teams eliminated
16 August 2013: Belgium and Poland grove in their opening games
15 August 2013: Big wins for Hungary and Lithuania
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