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International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Fédération Internationale de Basketball
International Basketball Federation logo.svg
PredecessorInternational Amateur Handball Federation
Formation18 June 1932; 89 years ago (1932-06-18)
Founded atGeneva, Switzerland
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersMies, Switzerland
Region served
213 national federations
Official languages
English, French[1]
Hamane Niang
Secretary General
Andreas Zagklis[2]
Key people
Borislav Stanković
George Vassilakopoulos

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA /ˈfbə/ FEE-bə; French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym.[3]

FIBA defines the rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, organises international competitions, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. A total of 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

FIBA organizes both the men's and women's FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament, which are sanctioned by the IOC.[4] The FIBA Basketball World Cup is a world tournament for men's national teams held every four years. Teams compete for the Naismith Trophy, named in honor of basketball's American-Canadian creator James Naismith. The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup in association football; these tournaments occurred in the same year from 1970 through 2014, but starting in 2019, the Basketball World Cup will move to the year following the FIFA World Cup. A parallel event for women's teams, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, is also held quadrennially; from 1986 through 2014, it was held in the same year as the men's event but in a different country.


FIBA divides the world into 5 commissions, each roughly based on a continent.
FIBA in Mies.

The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Before 1934 basketball was under the umbrella of the International Amateur Handball Federation. Its original name was Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur. The eight nation's basketball federations that were the founding members of FIBA were: Argentina's Basketball Federation, Czechoslovakia's Basketball Federation, Greece's Basketball Federation, Italy's Basketball Federation, Latvia's Basketball Federation, Portugal's Basketball Federation, Romania's Basketball Federation, and Switzerland's Basketball Federation. During the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, the Federation named James Naismith (1861–1939), the founder of basketball, as its Honorary President.

FIBA has organized a World Championship, now known as World Cup, for men since 1950 and a Women's World Championship, now known as the Women's World Cup, since 1953. From 1986 through 2014, both events were held every four years, alternating with the Olympics. As noted above, the men's World Cup was moved to a new four-year cycle, with tournaments in the year before the Summer Olympics, after 2014.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002. In 1991, it founded the FIBA Hall of Fame; the first induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2007, during EuroBasket 2007. During its 81st anniversary in 2013, FIBA moved into its new headquarters, "The House of Basketball", at Mies. Andreas Zagklis became the Secretary General of FIBA, on 7 December 2018.


Years Name[5]
1932–1948 Switzerland Leon Bouffard
1948–1960 United States Willard Greim
1960–1968 Brazil Antonio dos Reis Carneiro
1968–1976 Egypt Abdel Moneim Wahby
1976–1984 Philippines Gonzalo Puyat II
1984–1990 France Robert Busnel
1990–1998 United States George E. Killian
1998–2002 Senegal Abdoulaye Seye Moreau
2002–2006 China (Hong Kong) Carl Ching Men-ky (in Chinese)
2006–2010 Australia Robert Elphinston
2010–2014 France Yvan Mainini
2014–2019 Argentina Horacio Muratore
2019–present Mali Hamane Niang

Honorary President[]

During the 1936 Summer Olympics the FIBA honored James A. Naismith, the founder of basketball, as their honorary President.[3]

Secretaries General[]

Years Name
1932–1976 United Kingdom Renato William Jones
1976–2003 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro Borislav Stanković
2003–2018 Switzerland Patrick Baumann
2018–present Greece Andreas Zagklis


World champions[]

Tournament FIBA World Cup Year Olympics Year
Men  Spain (2) 2019  United States (16) 2020
Women  United States (10) 2018  United States (9) 2020
U-19 Men  United States (8) 2021  Argentina (1) 2018
U-19 Women  United States (9) 2021  United States (2) 2018
U-17 Men  United States (5) 2018 N/A[a]
U-17 Women  United States (4) 2018
  1. ^ The Youth Olympic Games are an U-19 event, played in FIBA 3x3 format.

World club champions[]

Club competition Year Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Intercontinental Cup 2021 Spain San Pablo Burgos 1st Argentina Quimsa

Continental champions[]

National teams FIBA Africa Year Next edition FIBA Americas Year Next edition FIBA Asia Year Next edition FIBA Europe Year Next edition FIBA Oceania Year Next edition
Men  Tunisia (2) 2017 2021  United States (7) 2017 2022  Australia (1) 2017 2021  Slovenia (1) 2017 2022  Australia (19) 2015 N/A[a]
Women  Nigeria (4) 2019 2021  United States (4) 2021  Japan (5) 2019 2021  Serbia (2) 2021 2021  Australia (14) 2015
U-18 Men  Mali (1) 2018  United States (9) 2018  Australia (1) 2018  Spain (4) 2019  New Zealand (1) 2016
U-18 Women  Mali (7) 2018  United States (10) 2018  China (16) 2018  Italy (3) 2019  Australia (7) 2016
U-16 Men  Egypt (4) 2019  United States (7) 2021  Australia (1) 2017  Spain (5) 2019  Australia (5) 2017
U-16 Women  Mali (6)  United States (6)  Australia (1) 2017  Russia (6) 2019  Australia (2) 2019
  1. ^ FIBA Oceania no longer conducts senior-level championships for either sex. Since 2017, that region's members have competed for FIBA Asia senior championships. FIBA Oceania continues to hold age-grade championships.

Continental club champions[]

Region Competition Year Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Men's club competitions
Africa Basketball Africa League 2021 Egypt Zamalek 1st Tunisia US Monastir 2022
Americas Basketball Champions League Americas Brazil Flamengo 1st Nicaragua Real Estelí
Asia Asia Champions Cup 2019 Japan Alvark Tokyo 1st Lebanon Al Riyadi Beirut
Europe[a] Basketball Champions League (2nd-tier) 2020–21 Spain San Pablo Burgos 2nd Turkey Pınar Karşıyaka 2021–22
Europe Cup (3rd-tier) 2020–21 Israel Ironi Nes Ziona 1st Poland Arged BMSLAM Stal 2021–22
Women's club competitions
Africa Africa Women's Clubs Champions Cup 2018 Mozambique Ferroviário de Maputo 1st Angola Interclube
Europe EuroLeague Women 2020–21 Russia UMMC Ekaterinburg 6th Spain Perfumerías Avenida 2021–22
EuroCup Women 2020–21 Spain Valencia Basket 1st Italy Reyer Venezia 2021–22
SuperCup Women 2019 Russia UMMC Ekaterinburg 4th Russia Nadezhda Orenburg
  1. ^ The top-tier European professional basketball club competitions, the EuroLeague run by Euroleague Basketball, not by FIBA Europe (the Euroleague also run the 2nd-tier EuroCup).

3x3 world champions[]

Tournament FIBA 3x3 World Cup Year Next edition
Men  United States (1) 2019
Women  China (1) 2019
 Russia (1) TBD
 Russia (1)
U-18 Men  United States (1)
U-18 Women  United States (4)


Most Valuable Player[]

Tournament Most Recent Awardee Team Year
Men Ricky Rubio  Spain 2019
Women Breanna Stewart  United States 2018
U-19 Men Reginald Perry  United States 2019
U-19 Women Paige Bueckers  United States 2019
U-17 Men Jalen Green  United States 2018
U-17 Women Jordan Horston  United States 2018

FIBA World Rankings[]


The following table has the Top 32 men's basketball countries in the world.[6] The Top 32 is here due to the next iteration of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the world's major tournament in men's basketball, anticipating to have 32 countries compete. As such, this table shows the projected teams in the next FIBA Men's WC based on the ranking's algorithm. This list does not consider berths given to countries based on hosting or region status.[7]

Rank Team Region Points Δ Previous finish
1  United States Americas 781.8 Steady 7th
2  Spain Europe 721.3 Steady 1st
3  Australia Asia 667.0 Steady 4th
4  Argentina Americas 662.4 Steady 2nd
5  Serbia Europe 662.0 Steady 5th
6  Greece Europe 658.4 Increase 1 11th
7  France Europe 656.0 Decrease 1 3rd
8  Lithuania Europe 634.6 Steady 9th
9  Russia Europe 613.3 Steady 12th
10  Italy Europe 596.4 Increase 2 10th
11  Brazil Americas 591.6 Decrease 1 13th
12  Czech Republic Europe 585.4 Decrease 1 6th
13  Poland Europe 573.7 Steady 8th
14  Croatia Europe 546.7 Steady DNQ
15  Turkey Europe 531.9 Steady 22nd
16  Slovenia Europe 521.2 Steady DNQ
17  Germany Europe 513.4 Steady 18th
18  Puerto Rico Americas 509.6 Steady 15th
19  Dominican Republic Americas 494.6 Steady 16th
20  Venezuela Americas 494.5 Steady 14th
21  Canada Americas 463.8 Steady 21st
22  Nigeria Africa 439.3 Steady 17th
23  Iran Asia 432.1 Steady 23rd
24  Mexico Americas 424.2 Steady DNQ
25  New Zealand Asia 421.8 Steady 19th
26  Montenegro Europe 410.5 Steady 25th
27  Latvia Europe 400.4 Steady DNQ
28  Ukraine Europe 376.4 Increase 1 DNQ
29  China Asia 363.7 Decrease 1 24th
30  South Korea Asia 341.1 Steady 26th
31  Philippines Asia 340.8 Steady 32nd
32  Finland Europe 340.8 Increase 2 DNQ


The following table has the Top 16 women's basketball countries in the world.[8] The Top 16 is here due to the next iteration of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, the world's major tournament in women's basketball, anticipating to have 16 countries compete. As such, this table shows the projected teams in the next FIBA Women's WC based on the ranking's algorithm. This list does not consider berths given to countries based on hosting or region status.[9]

Rank Team Region Points Δ Previous finish
1  United States Americas 832.9 Steady 1st
2  Australia Asia 714.5 Steady 2nd
3  Spain Europe 690.5 Steady 3rd
4  Canada Americas 649.3 Steady 7th
5  France Europe 639.4 Steady 5th
6  Belgium Europe 607.1 Steady 4th
7  Turkey Europe 593.8 Steady 10th
8  Serbia Europe 585.0 Steady DNQ
9  China Asia 571.2 Steady 6th
10  Japan Asia 540.1 Steady 9th
11  Belarus Europe 470.0 Steady DNQ
12  Russia Europe 420.1 Steady DNQ
13  Greece Europe 383.8 Steady 11th
14  Italy Europe 363.2 Increase 2 DNQ
15  Brazil Americas 362.3 Steady DNQ
16  Czech Republic Europe 362.0 Increase 1 DNQ


  • Ganten
  • Molten
  • Nike
  • Smart Communications
  • TCL Corporation
  • Tencent
  • Tissot
  • Wanda Group


  1. ^ 2014 General Statutes of FIBA, Article 47.1
  2. ^ "FIBA Central Board appoints Andreas Zagklis as Secretary General".
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "History". FIBA. Archived from the original on 4 May 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ Presentation.
  5. ^ "President of FIBA". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  6. ^ "FIBA Rankings – Men's basketball". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  7. ^ "How to Qualify for the 2023 FIBA World Cup". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  8. ^ "FIBA Rankings – Women's basketball". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  9. ^ "How to Qualify for the 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.

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