01 - 05
June 2016

Competition Format

The 2016 FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships feature 20 men's and 20 women's teams.

They are divided into 4 pools of 5 and seeded automatically based on the 3x3 Federation Ranking on the cut-off date of 1 May. The seeding order is done in the "snake format" as follows:

Each team plays the other 4 in their respective pools. The top two teams from each pool qualify for the last 16 and then play knock-out games all the way to the final.

With the exception of the bronze-medal game, there will be no classification games. Overall standings (places 5 to 20) and pool standings are determined by the following 3x3 standings rules:

If teams are tied after the first step, refer to the next one – and so on.  
1.    Most wins (or win ratio in case of unequal number of games in inter-pool comparison);  
2.    Head-to-head confrontation (only taking win/loss into account and applies within a pool only);
3.    Most points scored in average (without considering winning scores of forfeits).
If teams are still tied after those three steps, the one(s) with the highest seeding win(s) the tie-breaker.

On top of the men's and the women's team event, there are 3 individual contests:

  • Dunk Contest
  • Shoot-Out Contest
  • Skills Contest

All five competitions will be played with the official 3x3 ball.