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
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
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
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
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
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
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.