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FIBA Official Basketball Rules 2022 set to come into force October 1

MIES (Switzerland) - As of October 1, 2022, the new edition of the FIBA Official Basketball Rules will come into force.

The main changes of the new FIBA Official Basketball Rules 2022 include:

  • Head Coach Challenge – an opportunity for a head coach to ask for the Instant Replay (IRS) review.
  • Last 2 minutes Throw-in Foul penalty - from October 1, 2022, it will no longer be an automatic Unsportsmanlike Foul during the last 2 minutes of the 4th quarter and each overtime.
  • LED glass flooring (Basketball Equipment) – Level 1 FIBA competitions are now permitted to have a LED glass floor. This allows the display of game lines as well as a wider range of commercial and fan engagement.

The wording has also been updated for the Unsportsmanlike Foul against the progressing player, and for the IRS procedure for Goaltending or Basket Interference, including new referee signals.

In addition to the above, some editorial changes have been made.

FIBA Referee Operations have already conducted a number of webinars for FIBA referees, FIBA referee instructors and basketball coaches focusing on the key changes of the basketball rules that will come into force at the start of October. 

In order to facilitate the preparation for the application of the new rule changes worldwide, FIBA has published the following documents:

1. Official Basketball Rules in English 

2. Official Basketball Rules & Basketball Equipment in English 

3. Official Basketball Rules Interpretations in English 

4. Summary of the Rule Changes in English, French and Spanish 

5. Presentations and videos to explain the rule changes

These documents, along with the full list of FIBA regulations, can be found in the FIBA Document Library here.

FIBA's Rules Advisory Group, which is made up of refereeing experts, together with the representatives of the World Association of Basketball Coaches and the FIBA Players' and Competitions Commission, studies all proposals for rule changes before submitting them to the FIBA Technical Commission for the final review. During the process, the FIBA's Rules Advisory Group also has regular exchanges with NBA and NCAA experts. After the FIBA Technical Commission's review, the FIBA Central Board approves the changes to the FIBA Official Basketball Rules.