The first tournament was held in Chile and won by the USA. France also participated in the inaugural championship and won the bronze medal.
During the first 30 years of the championship, the cycles changed several times. It was not until 1986 that the current four-year cycle came into place.
The USA have won the title eight times while the Soviet Union (USSR) have picked up six. Brazil ended the winning streak of the USA and the USSR by winning the title in 1994.
Australia became the fourth nation to win the basketball World Championship title in 2006.
The 2010 World Championship for Women was the 16th edition. It was played from 23 September to 3 October 2010 in the Czech Republic.
Womensbasketball-in-france.com was granted media accreditation for this event and covered the preliminary round and qualification round of games in Ostrava and the final round of games in Karlovy Vary.