FIBA Americas announced that the qualifying process for the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup will be the following: the two best-ranked national federations in the Americas youth rankings will qualify directly; and the remaining six teams qualified to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship will play a tournament for the two remaining spots.
Since the USA is the No. 1 ranked team in the Americas at all ages, USA Basketball did not participate in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2020.
Originally known as the FIBA Americas Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament, the event was held every four years from 1998-2004. FIBA changed its calendar following the 2004 championship and the tournament is now conducted every other year. The 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, in which the USA struck gold with a perfect 6-0 mark, was held in Mexico City, Mexico.
Women who have competed for the U.S. in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship include: Alana Beard (2000), Kelsey Bone (2008), Tamika Catchings (1996), Lauren Cox (2016), Maori Davenport (2018), Skylar Diggins (2008), Ruthy Hebard (2016), Rhyne Howard (2018), Rebecca Lobo (1992), Maya Moore (2006), Chiney Ogwumike (2010), Nneka Ogwumike (2008); Candace Parker (2004), Breanna Stewart (2012), Diana Taurasi (2000), Brianna Turner (2014) and A'ja Wilson (2014).