BRATISLAVA, Slovak Republic (2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women) - The draw for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women was held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic on Wednesday, ahead of this summer's tournament that will take place from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 6 July.
The 16 teams, representing all five of FIBA's Continental Zones, were divided into four groups of four teams for the Preliminary Round, which is played in a standard round-robin format.
Slovak Republic legends Stanislav Kropilak, Beata Renertova, Richard Petruska and Miroslav Rehak, the most experienced Slovak coach, assisted in the draw.
Group A: Czech Republic, Canada, Hungary, Korea
Group B: Brazil, Spain, Italy, Egypt
Group C: Australia, Mexico, Slovak Republic, Japan
Group D: USA, Mali, France, China
The FIBA U17 World Championship for Women is where the stars of tomorrow are born.
The USA are the two-time defending champions, having won the two editions of the tournament to date. In 2010, they beat hosts France in the inaugural championship played in Rodez and Toulouse and then triumphed against Spain in Amsterdam, Netherlands two years ago.
The success and interest in the first two U17 women's events was so high that, starting in 2014, the tournament will consist of a 16-team field - the same competition format as the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women.
Go to www.fiba.com/bratislava2014 for all the latest on the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women and click here for the tournament's competition system.
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