FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup

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FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup
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SportBasketball
Founded1953
Inaugural season1953
No. of teams16
CountryFIBA member nations
ContinentFIBA (International)
Most recent
champion(s)
 United States (10th title)
Most titles United States (10 titles)

The FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup (also called the Basketball World Championship for Women or the FIBA Women's World Cup) is a world basketball tournament for women's national teams held quadrennially. Its inaugural game was in 1953 with the four-year cycle established in 1967. The next FIBA Women's World Cup will be held in 2022.

Formerly known as the FIBA World Championship for Women, the name changed shortly after its 2014 edition.[1] From 1986 through 2014, the tournament was held in the same year as the men's FIBA Basketball World Cup, though in different countries. After the 2014 editions of both championships, the men's event was rescheduled on a new four-year cycle (the next in 2019) to avoid conflict with the men's FIFA World Cup, but the Women's World Cup remains on the same four-year cycle, with editions held in the same years as the men's FIFA World Cup.

History[edit]

The Women’s World Cup was created by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It began in 1953, held in Chile, three years after the first men's World Championship. For most of its early history, it was not held in the same year as the men's championship, and was not granted a consistent quadrennial cycle until 1967. After the 1983 event, FIBA changed the scheduling so that the women's tournament would be held in even-numbered non-Olympic years, a change that had come to the men's tournament in 1970.

The number of participating women's FIBA teams has remained at 16, unlike the men's event, which has been expanded to 24 and will expand further to 32 in 2019.[2]

Only four nations have won titles in the history of the Women's World Cup. The United States has won the title ten times, including seven of the last nine. The Soviet Union won six titles, including five in a row from 1959 to 1975. The only other countries to win have been Brazil in 1994 and Australia in 2006.

The 2014 World Championship for Women was the last tournament played in the same year as the men's, and also the last to be known as the "World Championship for Women". The Women's World Cup remains on the same four-year cycle, with the final tournament played a few months after the men's FIFA World Cup. The men's FIBA World Cup will move to the year after the Women's World Cup. Accordingly, only the FIBA Women's World Cup was held in 2018.[2]

Results[edit]

Summaries[edit]

Year Hosts (final location) Gold Medal Game Bronze Medal Game Number of Teams
Gold Score Silver Bronze Score Fourth Place
1953
Details
 Chile
United States
49–36
Chile

France
49–37
Brazil
10
1957
Details
 Brazil
United States
51–48
Soviet Union

Czechoslovakia
83–70
Brazil
12
1959
Details
 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
51–38
Bulgaria

Czechoslovakia
79–43
Yugoslavia
8
1964
Details
 Peru
Soviet Union
70–35
Czechoslovakia

Bulgaria
46–42
United States
13
1967
Details
 Czechoslovakia
Soviet Union
83–50
South Korea

Czechoslovakia
60–54
East Germany
11
1971
Details
 Brazil
Soviet Union
88–69
Czechoslovakia

Brazil
70–63
South Korea
13
1975
Details
 Colombia
Soviet Union
106–75
Japan

Czechoslovakia
55–45
Italy
13
1979
Details
 South Korea
United States
94–82
South Korea

Canada
66–57
Australia
12
1983
Details
 Brazil
Soviet Union
84–82
United States

China
71–63
South Korea
14
1986
Details
 Soviet Union
United States
108–88
Soviet Union

Canada
64–59
Czechoslovakia
12
1990
Details
 Malaysia
United States
88–78
Yugoslavia

Cuba
83–61
Czechoslovakia
16
1994
Details
 Australia
Brazil
96–87
China

United States
100–95
Australia
16
1998
Details
 Germany
United States
71–65
Russia

Australia
72–67
Brazil
16
2002
Details
 China
United States
79–74
Russia

Australia
91–63
South Korea
16
2006
Details
 Brazil
Australia
91–74
Russia

United States
99–59
Brazil
16
2010
Details
 Czech Republic
United States
89–69
Czech Republic

Spain
77–68
Belarus
16
2014
Details
 Turkey
United States
77–64
Spain

Australia
74–44
Turkey
16
2018
Details
 Spain
United States
73–56
Australia

Spain
67–60
Belgium
16

Note: From 1953 through 1979 the medalists were decided in a league format instead of in a knockout tournament; results of the final round matches are shown.

Medal table[edit]

Map of countries' best results
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 United States101213
2 Soviet Union6208
3 Australia1135
4 Brazil1012
5 Russia0303
6 Czechoslovakia0246
7 South Korea0202
8 Spain0123
9 Bulgaria0112
 China0112
11 Chile0101
 Czech Republic0101
 Japan0101
 Yugoslavia0101
15 Canada0022
16 Cuba0011
 France0011
Totals (17 nations)18181854

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Spain submits candidature to host 2018 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup" (Press release). FIBA. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Mainini: calendar, system of competition and 3x3 our biggest priorities" (Press release). FIBA. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012.

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