|FIBA Europe Secretary General Nar Zanolin takes the audience through the competition system|
The EuroBasket Women 2011 Draw took place on Saturday in Lodz, Poland, in front of a sizeable crowd of National Federation representatives, coaches and journalists from around Europe.
If one thing was made clear to the attendees during the bright ceremony it was that reaching the Final, let alone conquering Gold this summer, will be as hard as negotiating your way through the snowy roads of Lodz in mid-December.
Champions France find themselves in a difficult group, featuring Greece, Latvia and Croatia.
EuroBasket Women 2009 silver medalists Russia will not have it much easier in Group A, against Turkey, Slovak Republic and Lithuania.
Group B sees the two sides that caused the biggest stir in the recent FIBA World Championship, Czech Republic and Belarus, facing each other.
|Hosts Poland were drawn in the same group with Spain, Montenegro and the winner of the AQT|
Hosts Poland will take on the 2009 Bronze medalists Spain as well as Montenegro and the team that will qualify through the Additional Qualifying Tournaments, in Group C.
EuroBasket Women 2011 will take place from 18 June to 3 July. The city of Bydgoszcz will host Group A and Group B, while Katowice will play host to Group C and Group D and the Final Round will take place in Lodz.
The Additional Qualifying Tournaments (AQT), which will decide the sixteenth team to take part in the competition, will take place in Hungary and Italy.
Hungary will host Group A (Bulgaria, Finland, Hungary, Netherlands and Ukraine) in Sopron, while Italy will play host to Group B (Serbia, Belgium, Germany, Italy and Romania) in Taranto.
Both round-robin groups will be staged June 3-8 next year. The winners of the two groups will then play each other in home and away games, on June 12 and 15, with the winner securing the last EuroBasket Women 2011 spot.
The four First Round groups are:
|GROUP A||GROUP B||GROUP C||GROUP D|
|Turkey|| Czech Republic|| Poland || Greece |
| Slovak Republic|| Great Britain||Qualifier||Croatia|
For the complete game schedule of Eurobasket Women 2011 click here.