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Pools announced for FIBA 3x3 World Cup Qualifier 2019
SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico) - 8 men's teams and 8 women's teams will compete for the last 3 tickets - in each category - for the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019 at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup Qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico on May 4-5, 2019.
Hosts Puerto Rico were seeded in men's Pool B alongside FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2018 winners Australia, Czech Republic and Romania.
The seeding is conducted automatically according to the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking of each national federation at the February 1, 2019 cut-off date. As per FIBA 3x3 regulations (Book 6), teams are seeded as follows:
FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2016 bronze medalists France will face Germany, Italy and FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup 2017 winners Nigeria in men's Pool A.
The pool winners are directly qualified for the Semi-Finals and the 2nd- and 3rd-placed teams in each pool will play a Quarter-Final with the winners advancing to the Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Finals will be qualified directly to the FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2019, while the losers of the Semi-Finals will play a final game for the final spot in the FIBA 3x3 World Cup. 2019, which takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 18-23.
In the women's category, hosts Puerto Rico were placed in a tough group with Asia Cup 2018 bronze medalists Australia as the team to beat. Uganda and Estonia complete Pool A.
Last, but not least, the 2-time FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup winners Mali will meet FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup defending champs New Zealand and basketball powerhouses Brazil and Spain in Pool B.
Fans can find more information about the event on the official competition website and react to the seeding on social media with the hashtag #3x3WC.