Italy are once again the hosts of a FIBA Europe U16 European Championship. They were the hosts in 2009 when Spain beat Belgium in overtime for the title.
As in 2009 the Division A tournament is also the European zone U17 World Championship qualification tournament.
The top five teams from this competition play in the final in the Netherlands next year.
If the Netherlands finish in the top 5, then the sixth place team gain the last European spot.
Cagliari is the hosting city and the games are played in Pala Rockefeller and Palazzeto Quartu S. Elena.
The Division B competition is hosted by Romania in the city of Arad.
Both competitions are run at the same time.
Unfortunately Belarus has withdrawn from the Division B tournament leaving just 15 teams.
However the same rules used for Division A apply. This means that the teams in the same group as Belarus have already qualified for the qualifying round.
The competition format is as follows:
The bottom four teams from Division A must play in a relegation group in which each team plays the other team twice. The bottom two teams are relegated to Division B for the 2012 edition. In Division B the bottom three teams play in the classification round 13th - 15th place.
Group A: Belgium, Poland, Slovak Republic, Sweden Group B: Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia Group C: Finland, Hungary, Italy, Spain Group D: France, Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey
Group A: Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Ukraine Group B: England, Estonia, Slovenia Group C: Bulgaria, Israel, Lithuania, Romania Group D: Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland
The format of this competition is the same as for the U18 competition:
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 12th 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 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.
In Division B, the semi-final is the most important match, also known as the promotion to Division A game.
In association with Casinotoplists, womensbasketball-in-france is following the progress of the French team during the competition and is giving a daily round-up from both competitions.