FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the world governing body for basketball.

Founded by eight nations in 1932, we now bring together 213 National Basketball Federations from all over the world.

A non-profit making organization, our mission is to develop and promote the game of basketball, uniting the wider basketball community, which counts more than 450 million players and fans.

We organize and oversee international competitions including the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

We establish the Official Basketball Rules as well as the regulations that govern the relationships between the different members of the basketball community.

FIBA is the only authority in basketball recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

FIBA's headquarters, the House of Basketball, is situated in Mies, Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva.

FIBA has five Regional Offices to provide direct services to the National Member Federations:

  • FIBA's activities include but are not limited to:

    • Establishing, updating and amending the Official Basketball Rules
    • Establishing the specifications for basketball equipment and facilities
    • Establishing all regulations for international and Olympic competitions, including the system of competition
    • Appointing international referees
    • Regulating the transfer of players from one country to another
    • Governing and overseeing the organisation of all international competitions

    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2014-2017 - FIBA World Congress (Hong Kong|4-5 May 2017).

    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2010-2014 - FIBA World Congress (Sevilla|28-29 August 2014).

  • FIBA

    • 213 National Member Federations
    • 5 Regional Offices on 5 continents
    • 9 major global competitions (3x3 and 5on5), including FIBA Basketball World Cup and Olympic Games and FIBA 3x3 World Cups and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour
    • Global headquarters in Mies, Switzerland
    • 71.5 full-time staff at the global headquarters
    • 100.3 full-time regional staff (FIBA Regional Offices)
    • Referee and coaching course all-year round, all around the world
    • Development programs and infrastructure support


    • Young, fast, modern and exciting
    • Played in the world's biggest arenas but also in playgrounds, parks and the most remote areas of the planet
    • Played five against five, three on three and just about any other format imaginable
    • A study carried out in 2007 indicated there is an estimated 450 million basketball players worldwide
    • The world's second most popular team sport
    • The most watched team sport at the Olympic Games

    FIBA Basketball World Cup

    • FIBA's flagship competition
    • Spain 2014 staged across 6 cities - Bilbao, Barcelona, Granada, Gran Canaria, Sevilla and Madrid
    • Overall attendance of 672,475 spectactors
    • 9,000 average attendance per game
    • For Finland v New Zealand in Bilbao: 15,483 spectactors
    • FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 to be held in China
  • 1891 - Dr James Naismith invents Basketball

    1898 - First professional league in USA

    1904 - Basketball at Olympics as exhibition sport

    1932 - FIBA is founded in Geneva, Switzerland

    1932 - Léon Bouffard is elected first FIBA President, William Jones is named first FIBA Secretary General

    1936 - Basketball becomes an Olympic sport in Berlin

    1946 - Creation of the NBA (as BAA)

    1950 - First FIBA Basketball World Cup

    1953 - First FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup

    1976 - Borislav Stankovic becomes second FIBA Secretary General

    1976 - First Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament at Montreal Olympics

    1984 - FIBA introduces the three-point line

    1989 - Munich Congress opens door for professionals

    2003 - Patrick Baumann becomes third FIBA Secretary General

    2007 - The FIBA Hall of Fame is created in Alcobendas, Spain

    2010 - 3x3 Basketball is played for the first time on the international stage at the Youth Olympic Games

    2012 - First FIBA 3x3 World Tour and FIBA 3x3 World Championship

    2013 - House of Basketball is inaugurated in Mies, Switzerland

    2015 - On 1 January, FIBA becomes ONE FIBA with Regional Offices in five continents - Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania

    2016 - FIBA counts 213 National Member Federations

    2017 - 3x3, FIBA's urban discipline, is included as part of the Olympic Basketball program, starting with the Tokyo 2020 Games

    2018 - Andreas Zagklis becomes fourth FIBA Secretary General