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First list of 3x3 Challengers unveiled

MIES (3x3 Challengers) - FIBA announced on Wednesday the number of 3x3 Challengers would increase from 14 last year to a minimum of 21 in 2018.

These premium direct international qualifiers to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will make a first-ever appearance in Australia, Cyprus, Italy, South Korea, Latvia and Lithuania.

Saskatoon Masters (21-22 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
GoYang Challenger Korea 3x3 Basketball League South Korea 14-15 April
Chengdu Challenger Chengdu Basketball Association China 26-27 May


Utsunomiya Masters (28-29 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Wuxi Challenger Fountask China 5-6 May
Sydney Challenger Basketball Australia Australia 19-20 May


Prague Masters (4-5 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Tinkoff Moscow Open Streetbasket Russia Russia 18-19 May
The Hague Challenger NBB Netherlands 2-3 June
Kaunas Challenger Sporto namų grupė Lithuania 30 June - 1 July


Lausanne Masters (24-25 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Lignano Sabbiadoro Challenger FIP Italy 14-15 July
Lipik Challenger LIBOX Croatia 6-7 July
Ghetto Basket Ventspils Challenger Ghetto Basket Latvia 27-28 July


Debrecen Masters (30-31 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Challenger SportArena Romania 11-12 August
Ljubljana Challenger KZS Slovenia 17-18 August
Limassol Challenger Limassol 3on3 Cyprus 16-17 June


Mexico City Masters (8-9 September)

Event Organiser Country Date


India Masters (22-23 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
ING-DiBA Berlin Challenger DBB Germany 31 August - 1 September
Penang Challenger World Hoops Malaysia 5-6 May


Chengdu  Masters (29-30 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Nanjing Challenger Fountask China 21-22 April
Hang Zhou Challenger Zhe Jiang Basketball Association China 16-17 June


Kuala Lumpur Masters (13-14 October)

Event Organiser Country Date
Huai An Challenger Fountask China 12-13 May
Ulaanbaatar Challenger Mongolia Basketball Federation Mongolia 2-3 June
Edmonton Challenger Basketball Alberta Canada 22-23 September

Sixteen invitational teams take part in each Challenger and the two finalists stamp their ticket to a designated FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters (unless they are already qualified to the same Masters).

Prize money will reach 20k USD in each one of these challengers this season, a key contribution in the professionalization of the game (close to 1.5 million USD on the entire pro circuit, including the FIBA 3x3 World Tour).

A finalist list of World Tour qualifiers (which may include more challengers) will be announced at a later stage.

While the majority of the World Tour spots are allocated to teams who won a qualifier, 2 tickets per Masters are allocated based on the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking. Additionally, each World Tour Masters organizer is awarded a local wildcard.

All organizers interested in hosting a 3x3 Challenger in following seasons can contact FIBA's 3x3 team.