Romania are hosting the FIBA Europe U18 European Championship for Women Division A again. They hosted the event sponsored by Global Vision in the summer of 2011. However this time around there is no sponsor for the competition held in Bucharest.
Macedonia are hosting an 18-team Division B event in Strumica with nine sponsors, therefore this competition is not named by a sponsor.
Both competitions will run from 26 July until 5 August 2012.
This Division A competition is also the European zone qualification for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championship for Women.
Lithuania as hosts of the U19 worlds have already qualified for the competition despite the fact that they were relegated to Division B last year (2011).
For the world championship qualify the semi-finalists as well as the winner of the fifth place classification game.
As explained on the 2012 U16 European Championship page the bottom three teams from Division A are relegated to Division B for the following season.
The competition format for Division A is as follows:
The teams are split into four groups of four teams. At the end of the preliminary round the top three teams per group move to the qualifying round.
Group A: France, Poland, Spain, Sweden
Group B: Greece, Romania, Russia, Turkey
Group C: Croatia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Slovak Republic
Group D: Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia
The bottom four teams must play in a relegation group in which each team plays the other twice. The bottom three teams at the end are relegated to Division B for the 2013 edition.
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 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 team play 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.
This year 18 teams have registered for the FIBA Europe U18 European Championship for Women Division B which means two groups of four teams and another two groups of five teams.
Only the top two teams from each group qualify for the second round:
Group A: Austria, Hungary, Israel, Portugal
Group B: Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland
Group C: Belarus, England, Latvia, Macedonia
Group D: Germany, Lithuania, Montenegro, Scotland, Ukraine
With just eight teams in the qualification round the quarter-final phase of the competition is not played otherwise the format resembles that of Division A. The remaining ten teams are involved in a 9th-18th place classification system.
For this edition womensbasketball-in-france will be analysing the competitions with daily reports from Division A and end-of-phase summaries from Division B.
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