International Basketball Calendar serves up mouthwatering events in 2022
MIES (Switzerland) - The 2022 international basketball calendar is going to be another busy one, a true to testament to how popular the game is around the world.
From the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup to continental championships to FIBA U17 Basketball World Cups, there is going to be something for all fans.
We've listed the senior national team competitions to look forward to, and included some other exciting events, including the first-ever FIBA Intercontinental Cup to be staged in Africa.
Women's Basketball World Cup Qualifying Tournaments (February 10 to 13)
The race to places to the 12 spots at the Women's World Cup will intensify when four qualifying tournaments of four teams each are staged. Belgrade host two qualifying tournaments, while Osaka and Washington, D.C. each stage one. The field is comprised Mali, Nigeria, Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United States, Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Russia and Serbia. Three countries from each tournament will advance. World Cup hosts Australia, and Tokyo Olympic champions USA, are participating in the qualifying tournaments but receive automatic qualification for the World Cup in Sydney.
FIBA Intercontinental Cup (February 11-13)
The FIBA Intercontinental Cup is going to add an exciting chapter to its long, rich history when it is staged in Cairo, Egypt. It will be the first time that the event, which was launched 56 years ago, is held on the African continent. Zamalek SC of Cairo, champions of the inaugural Basketball Africa League campaign, will be the first African club to compete in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup and will be joined by reigning FIBA Intercontinental Cup champions Hereda San Pablo Burgos of Spain, Basketball Champions League Americas 2020-21 winners Flamengo of Brazil, and and Lakeland Magic, the Orlando Magic affiliate that clinched the NBA G League title in 2020-21,
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers (February, June, August and November)
National teams will return to the hardwood in four windows as they attempt to reach the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup to be staged in Indonesia, Japan and Philippines. Games will be played in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe over the remaining five windows, including four this year: February 21 - March 1; June 27 to July 5; August 22-30; November 7-15.
FIBA U17 Men's and Women's Basketball World Cups (July)
The FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup is to be held July 2-10 in the Spanish cities of Marbella, Malaga and Alhaurín de la Torre. The FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup will be in Debrecen, Hungary, July 9-17. The last time the U17 men's event was held was was in 2018 and it was won by the USA . That same summer, the Women's U17 World Cup was held in Belarus and also won by the Americans.
FIBA EuroBasket (September 1-18)
Germany's national team, after winning the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Split and then reaching the Quarter-Finals of the Tokyo Games, will be hoping for more good times as the country stages Group Phase games in Cologne and then the Final Round in Berlin. The cities of Prague, Tbilisi, Milan will also host Group Phase games at the 24-team tournament.
FIBA Asia Cup (July 12-24)
Iran's famous tower of power, Hamed Hadadi, is expected to be among the star attractions at the FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia, which was delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
FIBA AmeriCup (September 2-11)
Uruguay, who played well at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Victoria, Canada, could be one of the main attractions at the 12-team FIBA AmeriCup. The United States will go into the tournament, which has had different winners at the previous five editions, as the defending champions.
FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup (September 22 to October 1)
The United States, winners of the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, go after a fourth straight FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup title when the event is staged in Sydney. It will be the first time that Australia has hosted the tournament since 1994.