26 June, 2023
02 July
7 Tess Madgen (AUS)
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Everything you need to know about the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023

SYDNEY (Australia) - The FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023 has arrived and you're all in safe hands as this is where you can find out everything you need to know about this year's edition of the flagship event.

When and where will FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023 take place?

The latest edition of Asia's flagship women's basketball tournament will take place in Sydney, Australia from June 26 to July 2. This is the first time that Australia has been the host and also historic as it is the first time it has ever hosted a FIBA Asia event. 

The Quaycentre on the Sydney Olympic Park will host all the games, having been one of the Group phase venues for the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022.

Fans wanting to attend the event can get tickets here - although due to high demand and excitement around the event, the Final is already sold out. 

What is the format?

There are two groups of four teams each; playing across three days (June 26-28) in single round robin format. The first placed team from each Group will move directly to the Semi-Finals; while the second and third-placed teams will play in the Qualification For The  Semi-Finals (June 30).

The teams finishing last in each Group will play each other in the 7-8 Classification Game (June 30), with the loser being relegated to FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division B.

The Semi-Finals will be played on Saturday July 1, with the Final and Third Place Game for bronze on Sunday July 02.

The competition system can be found here.

Who won it last time around ?

Led by the defensive presence and poise of Himawari Akaho who was named TISSOT MVP of the competition, Japan claimed their fifth straight title two years ago in Amman. In a Final for the ages and a great advert for women's hoops in Asia, they beat arch rivals China 78-73.

Meanwhile Australia powered their way past Korea 88-58 to take the bronze medal with their young guns led expertly by the experienced and inspired Sami Whitcomb. 

How did teams qualify for this 2023 edition?

The team qualified for this 2023 edition by preserving their place in Divison A at the previous addition in Jordan.Seven of the eight participating nations return for the action in Sydney and they are joined by FIBA Women's Asia Cup Division B 2021 winners Lebanon who gained promotion. They replace India who were relegated from Division A at the last event. 

What is at stake?

First and foremost, ultimate glory, the  FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023 trophy and the chance to call yourself champions. But it's not only about taking the coveted silverware and bragging rights, since this year's event is also important in terms of the Road To Paris 2024 and qualification for the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. 

The four teams that make the Semi-Finals will take their tickets to the FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments which will take place in February 2024 and determine who lines up in Paris. 

Where can I watch the games live?

If you are looking to stream all the action then Courtside 1891 is the place to go. They also have an app available to use. (Geo restrictions could apply)

Where else can I follow the event?

Keep up to date on the official website and via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter - also by using  #FIBAAsiaCupWomen

What other information is there on the teams and players?

Every participating team has its own dedicated page on the website where you can check out the rosters (from the eve of the event), the statistics and related news.

Check out the latest Power Rankings put together by FIBA's women's basketball specialist, Paul Nilsen.

There are a number of rising stars looking to shine at the event - you can vote on who you think will make the biggest impact.

There is also a fan vote where you can tell us who you think will win FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2023.