Qatar's men head into the 2017 edition of the 3x3 Under-18 World Cup as defending champions ©FIBA

Defending champions Qatar and France are among the nations attempting to claim in International Basketball Federation 3x3 Under-18 World Cup title.

Action on the court which will be set up outside the Global Center in Chengdu, China, is due to begin tomorrow and continue until Sunday (July 2nd).

Looking to retain the men’s title will be Qatar and they are in Pool B alongside the Ukraine, New Zealand, Bahrain and Georgia.

Last year in the Kazakhstani capital city Astana, Qatar defeated Brazil 20-12 to win the crown.

The first match of their title defence will be on Thursday (June 29) when they take on neighbours Bahrain.

Top seeds The Netherlands are in Pool A and will take on Turkmenistan, The Philippines, Poland and Israel.

Hosts China are in Pool C with Hungary, Slovenia, Turkey and South Korea while Romania, Indonesia, Uganda, Belgium and Jordan are in Pool D.

France defeated the United States in 2016 to win the women's crown ©FIBA
France defeated the United States in 2016 to win the women's crown ©FIBA

In the women’s competition, France are seeded fifth overall and are in Pool D with Spain, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Singapore.

Hungary are the top seeds for this year’s tournament and are in Pool A with the United States, who came second last year, along with Switzerland, Australia and Japan.

Pool B features second seeds The Netherlands, Andorra, Germany, Czech Republic and Sri Lanka while China, Argentina, Russia, Italy and Venezuela make up Pool C.

In both the men’s and women’s competitions, the top two from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals on July 2, which will be followed by the semi-finals, third-place playoff and final on the same day.

Individual dunk, shoot-out and skills contests will also be held alongside the matches.

Earlier this month, if was confirmed that 3x3 basketball would make its Olympic Games debut at Tokyo 2020.