The French basketball players, Olympic runners-up in Tokyo three weeks ago, inherited an affordable squad in the first qualifying phase
The players of Vincent Collet, extended at the head of the France team until the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, inherited an affordable Group E for the first qualifying phase with Montenegro, Hungary and Portugal. The matches of this first group stage will take place in the form of two-way matches, during three international windows at the end of November 2021, the end of February 2022 and the end of June 2022. The French will have to finish in the top three of this group to reach the second qualifying phase which promises to be more perilous.
They will join the three qualifiers from group F (made up of Lithuania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, present at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, and Bulgaria) and will have to finish in the top three of this group K to compete in the World Cup. in late summer 2023 (August 22-September 10) in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. The results of the matches of the 1st qualifying phase will all be kept for the second phase.
This second phase will also take place over three international windows at the end of August 2022 (just before Euro-2022), at the beginning of November 2022 and at the end of February 2023, still in the form of two-way matches. The Blues remain on two consecutive bronze medals in the World Cup, each time with a feat in the quarter-finals: against Spain in 2014 and against the United States in 2019.