The FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup 2023 will take place from July 15-23, 2023, in Madrid, Spain and will feature the best 16 teams in the world. All the action will be streaming live on FIBA’s YouTube channel.
Carly Clarke, an assistant coach with Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team, returns as head coach after last leading the team to a bronze medal in 2017, their best finish at the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup. The team captured the historic bronze medal, thanks to a 67-60 victory over Japan and is coming off a fifth-place finish at the tournament in 2021 — the last held U19 Women’s World Cup.
On the bench alongside Clarke are assistant coaches Marlo Davis and Jessica Roque, while Nick DeAdder will join the staff as a performance analyst.
Canada is in Group D and will face China (July 15, 8:45 a.m. ET / 5:45 a.m. PT), the Czech Republic (July 16, 6:15 a.m. ET / 3:15 a.m. PT) and Egypt (July 18, 5:45 a.m. ET / 2:45 a.m. PT). All 16 teams participating in the event will advance to the competition's Final Phase with a single-elimination format in place from the Round of 16 onwards.
Last summer, Canada finished second at the FIBA U18 Women's Americas Championship 2022 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to qualify for this summer’s FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup 2023.
Players selected to the team attended U19 Women's National Team training camp at Humber College in Toronto, Ont. from June 30-July 8 before departing for the tournament.
Canada is currently ranked 5th overall in the FIBA women’s age-group rankings, presented by Nike, up three spots following the conclusion of the FIBA 2022 Youth Events.