Women’s Basketball World Cup: schedule and where to watch

Always the favorite in every major event in women’s basketball, the USA will try to lift another basketball trophy FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022which will be played from September 22 to October 1, in Sydney, Australia.

Between the USA and the Cup are 11 other countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Mali, Serbia, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the world title, a coveted place at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 is at stake, undoubtedly an additional incentive for the participating teams.

Check out the teams, competition format, schedule, headliners and how to watch the Olympic qualifiers, which will include the return of Australian legend Lauren Jackson.

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Women’s Basketball World Cup – teams and format

12 teams compete in 38 matches at two venues from September 22 to October 1, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

The bracket divided the teams into two groups of six, as follows:

  • Group A: Belgium, China, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Puerto Rico, Republic of Korea, USA
  • Group B: France, Serbia, Japan, Mali, Canada and Australia

Teams play against their group rivals over six days, with the top 4 from each team advancing to the quarter-finals. A new lottery will determine the contests of the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and the final.

Women’s Basketball World Cup – schedule and games

Times are from Sydney, Australia (13 hours ahead of Brasilia and 9 hours ahead of Lisbon).


10:30 BIH v PUR – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

11:30 USA vs BEL – Sydney Superdome

17:30 KOR v CHN – Sydney Superdome

Group B

13:00 CAN v SRB – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

14:00 JPN vs. MLI – Sydney Superdome

20:30 AUS v FRA – Sydney Superdome


10:30 PUR v USA – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

1pm BEL v KOR – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

14:30 CHN v BIH – Sydney Superdome

Group B

12:00 SRB vs JPN – Sydney Superdome

18:00 FRA v CAN – Sydney Superdome

20:30 MLI v AUS – Sydney Superdome


14:30 USA vs CHN – Sydney Superdome

18:00 BIH v KOR – Sydney Superdome

20:30 PUR v BEL – Sydney Superdome

Group B

day off


day off

Group B

14:30 MLI v FRA – Sydney Superdome

18:00 AUS v SRB – Sydney Superdome

20:30 JPN v CAN – Sydney Superdome

  • Monday, September 26


11:30 BEL v BIH – Sydney Superdome

14:00 KOR vs USA – Sydney Superdome

17:30 CHN v PUR – Sydney Superdome

Group B

1.30pm SRB v MLI – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

16:00 FRA v JPN – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

20:30 AUS v CAN – Sydney Superdome

  • Tuesday, September 27


11:30 PUR v KOR – Sydney Superdome

1.30pm CHN v BEL – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

14:00 USA vs BIH – Sydney Superdome

Group B

4pm MLI v CAN – Sydney Olympic Sports Centre

17:30 SRB v FRA – Sydney Superdome

20:30 AUS v JPN – Sydney Superdome

  • Wednesday, September 28

day off

  • Thursday, September 29

12:00 quarter final 1 – Sydney Superdome

14:30 Quarter-final 2 – Sydney Superdome

18:00 Quarter-final 3 – Sydney Superdome

20:30 quarter final 4 – Sydney Superdome

  • Friday, September 30

17:00 Semi-final 1 – Sydney Superdome

19:30 Semi-final 2 – Sydney Superdome

13:00 Game for third place – Sydney Superdome

16:00 Final – Sydney Superdome

USA with the 2014 World Cup trophy.

Photo: Getty Images 2014

Women’s Basketball World Cup: Outstanding Players

Brenna Stewart (USA)

Three times America’s most valuable player, the 28-year-old Seattle Storm player rocks the USA jersey.

She is an Olympic champion in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, with 14 victories and no defeats, and she is also undefeated in the World Cup.

At the 2018 World Cup in Tenerife, Spain, she was the MVP of the competition, leading the team with an average of 16.3 points per game.

In the Tokyo 2020 finals, she had a double-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Brenna Stewart with the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

Photo: 2021 Getty Images

Jonkel Jones (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

The Bahamas-born athlete, considered by many to be the best in the world, has changed the history of Bosnian basketball since she started playing in the country in 2019.

With Jones, the nation qualified for EuroBasket and the World Cup for the first time in history. In the qualifiers for the cup, Jones scored 36 points and 23 rebounds in the victory against Japan, a silver medal in Tokyo 2020.

Currently, Jones is competing in the WNBA Finals with the Connecticut Sun, which could cause her to miss the World Cup.

Jonkel Jones is a key player for Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Connecticut Sun.

Image: 2022 Getty Images

Lauren Jackson (Australia)

Champion in 2006 and runner-up in 2018, Australia will have its biggest local crowd and legend.

The 41-year-old WNBA Hall of Famer returned to competitive basketball to help Australia win the World Cup.

His impressive resume includes two WNBA titles (2004 and 2010), trophies in Australia, Spain and Russia, a four-time WNBA MVP and four Olympic medals.

She retired in 2016, gave birth to two children, and now she is back on the field.

Lauren Jackson will make her return to international basketball at the World Cup in Sydney.

Photo: 2012 Getty Images

Women’s Basketball World Cup Champions

  • 2018 – USA

  • 2014 – USA

  • 2010 – USA

  • 2006 – Australia

  • 2002 – USA

  • 1998 – USA

  • 1994 – Brazil

  • 1990 – USA

Where to watch the Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022

In Brazil, the event will be broadcast on ESPN channels and the Star+ streaming platform.

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