FIBA Quick Facts
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FIBA Quick Facts

FIBA - International Basketball Federation

The abbreviation 'FIBA' derives from the French 'Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur'. The word 'Amateur' was dropped in 1986 after the distinction between Amateurs and Professionals was eliminated. The 'A' in FIBA was however left. This was for reasons of tradition and also because of the 'BA' at the beginning of our sport, BASKETBALL!

Who we are

  • FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 215 National Federations of basketball throughout the world.
  • FIBA is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • FIBA is a non-profit making organisation and, in principle, does not pursue any objective of economic character for its own gains.
  • FIBA has its headquarters at The House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.

What we do

  • FIBA establishes the Official Basketball Rules, the specifications for equipment and facilities, and all internal executive regulations that must be applied to all international and Olympic competitions, for which FIBA also establishes the system of competition.
  • FIBA controls and governs the appointment of international referees.
  • FIBA regulates the transfer of players from one country to another.
  • FIBA controls and governs all international competitions.

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Key dates

  • December 1891: Basketball is invented in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, when Dr James Naismith tosses a ball into a peach basket.
  • 18 June 1932: FIBA is founded by the following eight National Federations: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland.
  • 1 August 1936: Basketball is played for the first time in the Olympics at the Games of the XI Olympiad in Berlin, Germany.
  • 22 October 1950: The first FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 7 March 1953: The first FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup tips off in Santiago, Chile.
  • 8 April 1989: The FIBA World Congress decides to eliminate the distinction between amateurs and professionals, making all basketball players eligible for FIBA competitions.
  • 1991: The centenary of basketball is celebrated by an estimated 350 million basketball players throughout the world. Celebrations end at the birthplace of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.
  • July 1992: For the first time, professional players participate in the Olympics at the Games of the XXV Olympiad in Barcelona, Spain.
  • January 2002: FIBA counts 211 member National Federations and an estimated 400 million players.
  • March 2003: FIBA counts 212 member National Federations and an estimated 450 million players.
  • March 2007: FIBA inaugurates the FIBA Hall of Fame in Alcobendas on the occasion of its 75th anniversary.
  • 18 June 2013: FIBA inaugurates its new headquarters, the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.
  • 2014: FIBA counts 214 member National Federations.
  • 1 January 2015: FIBA becomes ONE FIBA with Regional Offices in five continents - Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
  • 2015: FIBA counts 215 member National Federations.