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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; the "BA" now represents the first two letters of basketball.

International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Fédération Internationale de Basketball
International Basketball Federation logo.svg
MottoWe Are Basketball
Formation18 June 1932
TypeSports federation
Region served
213 national federations
Official languages
English, French[1]
Hamane Niang
Secretary General
Andreas Zagklis[2]
Key people
Borislav Stanković
George Vassilakopoulos
Manfred Ströher

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.

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 Canadian creator James Naismith. The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup in 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. The women's tournament will continue to be held in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

In 2009 FIBA announced three new tournaments: two 12-team U-17 World Championships (one each for men and women) to be played in July 2010, and an eight-team FIBA World Club Championship to be launched in October 2010. However, the FIBA World Club Championship did not materialize. In its place, FIBA instead relaunched its original world club championship for men, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in 2013.

The newest global FIBA tournaments for national teams are in the three-player half-court variation, 3x3. The FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championships were inaugurated in 2011, and the FIBA 3x3 World Championships for senior teams followed a year later. All events initially included separate tournaments for men's, women's, and mixed teams, but mixed championships are no longer contested. The U-18 championships, held annually, feature 32 teams in each individual tournament. The senior championships have 24 teams in each individual tournament, and are held in even-numbered years.


FIBA logo 1990-2002
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. Its original name was Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur. Eight nations were founding members: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland. 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 is the current Secretary General of FIBA.


Years Name[3]
1932–1939   James A. Naismith (honorary)
1939–1948   Leon Bouffard
1948–1960   Willard Greim
1960–1968   Antonio dos Reis Carneiro
1968–1976   Abdel Moneim Wahby
1976–1984   Gonzalo Puyat II
1984–1990   Robert Busnel
1990–1998   George E. Killian
1998–2002   Abdoulaye Seye Moreau
2002–2006   ( ) Carl Men-Ky Ching
2006–2010   Robert Elphinston
2010–2014   Yvan Mainini
2014–2019   Horacio Muratore
2019–present   Hamane Niang

Secretaries GeneralEdit

Years Name
1932–1976   Renato William Jones
1976–2002  /  Borislav Stanković
2002–2018   Patrick Baumann
2018–present   Andreas Zagklis


World championsEdit

Tournament FIBA World Cup Year Olympics Year
Men   Spain (2) 2019   United States (15) 2016
Women   United States (10) 2018   United States (8) 2016
U-19 Men   United States (7) 2019   Argentina (1) 2018
U-19 Women   United States (8) 2019   United States (2) 2018
U-17 Men   United States (5) 2018 N/A
U-17 Women   United States (4) 2018 N/A

Continental championsEdit

National teams FIBA Africa Year FIBA Americas Year FIBA Asia Year FIBA Europe Year FIBA Oceania Year
Men   Tunisia (2) 2017   United States (7) 2017   Australia (1) 2017   Slovenia (1) 2017 N/A
Women   Nigeria (4) 2019   Canada (3) 2017   Japan (4) 2017   Spain (4) 2019 N/A
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 (6) 2019   Australia (1) 2017   Spain (5) 2019   Australia (5) 2017
U-16 Women   Mali (6) 2019   United States (5) 2019   Australia (1) 2017   Russia (6) 2019   Australia (5) 2017
Club tournaments Champions Year
FIBA Intercontinental Cup   AEK Athens 2019
Basketball Champions League   AEK Athens 2017–18
FIBA Africa Clubs Champions Cup   AS Salé 2017
FIBA Africa Women's Clubs Champions Cup   Ferroviário de Maputo 2018
FIBA Americas League   San Lorenzo de Almagro 2018
FIBA Asia Champions Cup   Petrochimi 2018
FIBA Europe Cup   Umana Reyer Venezia 2017–18
  • 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.

3x3 world championsEdit

Tournament FIBA 3x3 World Cup Year
Men   United States (1) 2019
Women   China (1) 2019
U-23 Men   Russia (1) 2018
U-23 Women   Russia (1) 2018
U-18 Men   United States (1) 2019
U-18 Women   United States (4) 2019


FIBA World RankingsEdit



  1. ^ 2014 General Statutes of FIBA, Article 47.1
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  3. ^ "President of FIBA". Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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