Sixteen countries are involved at the FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup ©FIBA

The International Basketball Association (FIBA) U19 Women's Basketball World Cup begins tomorrow (August 7) in Debrecen, Hungary, with the United States aiming to win its eighth gold in the last nine competitions.

Sixteen countries will compete in four groups which determine the draw for the knock-out stage, where first-placed teams will be paired with those finishing bottom, and second-placed teams will play third-placed finishers.

Fixtures will be held in Debrecen’s Hodos Imre Sports Hall and Oláh Gábor Sports Hall, hosting 1,000 and 600 supporters respectively.

International visitors will require a negative polymerase chain reaction test within 72 hours before flying to Hungary, upon their arrival and within five days of their stay in the country.

They will need to present either proof of these negative tests or vaccination to be permitted entry.

The first match is at 10am CEST (11am BST) as Mali takes on the Czech Republic in group D, followed by Canada against Japan three hours later.

Spain plays South Korea in group C at 10.30am CEST, and France faces Brazil at 1.30pm CEST.

Group A begins at 4pm CEST, with Australia versus Egypt, and Italy’s clash with the US will be the final match of the first day at 7.30pm CEST.

Hosts Hungary starts their campaign in group B against the tournament’s lowest-ranked side, Chinese Taipei, at 4.30pm, with Russia against Argentina in the same group at 7pm CEST.

The US won the event for an eighth time in Thailand in 2019 and has won seven of the last eight U19 Women’s Basketball World Cups, only losing to Russia in the final in Italy in 2017.

The world number one team on the FIBA rankings will be expected to compete for gold once again, but face what looks like a difficult group.

Their opening match is against the under-18 European champions from 2019 in Italy, and their second outing on Sunday (August 8) is a repeat of 2019’s final against Australia.

Hungary was under-18 Women’s European Championships runners-up in 2019 and will hope to draw on home advantage in a tough group that features the only country to break the US’ recent monopoly on this event, Russia.

Spain and France look a strong pairing in group C – they are ranked second and third in the world respectively, and the Spanish team were bronze medallists in Bangkok two years ago and silver medallists in 2009 and 2011, while France finished second in 2013.

Group D features former champions in Czech Republic, who triumphed on home soil in 2001, and Canada, who finished third in 2017.

The group stage concludes on Tuesday (August 10) and will be followed by the round of 16 on Wednesday (August 11).

After a day’s rest, the quarter-finals are scheduled for August 13, with the semi-finals on the following day and the final on Sunday August 15.

Losing sides in the knock-outs will also play classification matches to determine the final standings for the competition, meaning each country will play seven matches at the tournament.

This is the 14th edition of the U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, with 2023’s tournament to be held in the Spanish capital Madrid.