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Competition System & Calendar 2017+

2017 marks the beginning of a new era for basketball all over the world - one which features 1,680 top players during 1,200 national teams games and millions of fans all around the globe!

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers begin in November 2017 and establish a clear Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup China 2019.

Basketball will be at center stage during the 6 windows of the Qualifiers that will take place over a 15-month period over the four Regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (including Oceania) and Europe.

With regular and competitive home and away games, fans around the world will be able to experience national team basketball throughout the year and watch the stars of the game defend their colors on home soil to Qualifiy for FIBA's flaghsip event!

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Key Changes
  • FIBA Basketball World Cup moved to 2019, then every four years (2023, 2027, 2031, etc.), avoiding the clash with other major sporting events
  • Two-year qualification period for each FIBA Basketball World Cup: six windows per qualification period (Nov, Feb, June, Sept, Nov, Feb)
  • FIBA Basketball World Cup played with 32 teams: 1 Host - China , 5 from Africa, 7 from Americas, 7 from Asia (including Oceania) and 12 from Europe
  • Qualification for Olympic Games through FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and 4 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 2020
  • Asia and Oceania to play together in an Asia Region to ensure competitive games
FIBA Continental Cups 2021 Qualifiers

Starting right after the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019, all FIBA Continental Cups will follow a four-year cycle (2017, 2021, 2025 etc.. The FIBA Continental Cups 2021 Qualifiers will begin in the in 4 Regions, with 4 windows beginning in November 2019, then February and November 2020 and February 2021.

After the Continental Cups 2021, the four-year cycle (2021-2025) begins once again with the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers beginning in November 2021.

  • The growth of national team basketball in any country needs to be promoted

    • Improved basketball exposure: More than 140 countries playing – 1,250 regular and meaningful games.
    • New interest for basketball: Regular official national team games in front of their home fans.
    • Player-friendly system with one free summer: Maximises the chance of having international stars in the flagship FIBA tournaments.
    • Opportunity for new countries and players to emerge through regular official games.
    • All-year regular visibility of the national team, not only in summer time – creating synergies with club competitions.
    • Improved structure of lead-up to flagship national team tournaments: Clear "Road to" the main FIBA competitions.
    • Enhanced potential for commercial and media partners to be associated with the national teams and the main FIBA competitions.
    • Development of National Federations, giving them own assets, new tools and more resources.
    • Increased media exposure and promotion for national team basketball - generating benefits across all FIBA Zones.
    • No visibility of national teams in their home countries
    • National team competitions in selected host countries taking place ONLY in the summer.
    • No easy-to-follow qualification system throughout the 5 continental zones.
    • No lead-up ("Road to") to the flagship national team competitions - large gaps without games.
    • Unlike other team sports, currently no official regular home games for all national teams.
    • Future participation of the best players to national team flagship tournaments questionable
    • No development potential for most of the National Federations - as the same countries play and win the major competitions.
    • Too much "wear and tear" for the international players competing every summer at the end of the club season.
    • Economic viability of the current system at risk in a changing environment as other sports are improving their position.
  • Download the full "Competition System & Calendar 2017+" brochure HERE.