Qualification would be via each of FIBA's zones, with each zone allocated at least two berths, with additional berths given according to the strengths of the teams within each zone. In this setup, FIBA Europe gets six berths, FIBA Americas has 4, FIBA Africa and FIBA Asia, 3 teams each, and FIBA Oceania, 2 berths.
The continental championships in each FIBA zone doubles as a qualifying tournament. The top teams in each tournament qualify to the World Cup of Basketball.
In addition, after the continental championships are done, four more wild cards berths will be awarded by FIBA to complete the 24-team tournament.
This shall be the final set of qualification tournaments under this method. FIBA announced that the next edition of the World Cup shall be held in 2019, the number of participating teams raised from 24 to 32, FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania shall combine into one region for purposes of qualifying for the World Cup, and that qualifying will be done in a home and away format.
Final status of national teams that participated in any stage of qualifying for the 2014 Basketball World Cup.
Did not enter
Disqualified and suspended by FIBA
Not a member of FIBA
Each FIBA zone has a default number of berths, generally following the strengths of the national teams there. These berths, plus four wild cards and the host total in 24. However, a berth is subtracted from the FIBA zone of the Olympic champion; in this case, the United States' gold medal in 2012 reduced FIBA Americas' number of berths from five to four, with the United States qualifying as a result of their 2012 Olympic gold medal.
A total of 117 national teams participated in qualifying. This number includes teams that participated but were later suspended (Lebanon and Panama), and excludes hosts Spain, which still participated in qualifying matches, and the United States, which qualified automatically and no longer participated in qualifying matches.
While the different FIBA zones may employ any method in qualifying, all conduct their continental championships as qualifying tournaments. Therefore, these continental championships, along with the qualifying for these championships, serve as qualifying matches. In total, 606 qualifying matches were played to determine the qualified teams; excluding the Olympics, 568 matches were played.
The 2013 FIBA Africa Championship in the Ivory Coast served as the qualifying tournament. With three outright berths, the top three teams shall qualify. This means the finalists and the winner of the third-place playoff progressed.
On 7 September 2013, Puerto Rico secured their classification to the World Cup after defeating hosts Venezuela 86–85 after extra time in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The next day, the Dominican Republic eliminated Uruguay to qualify; this is the first appearance of the Dominicans in the World Cup since 1978. On the next game, Argentina's victory over Canada ensured that they and Mexico, the 2013 FIBA Americas Champions, qualify, thereby eliminating the Canadians and host Venezuela; the Mexicans are returning to the World Cup after their last appearance in 1974. Brazil was chosen as a wild card for the World Cup after having previously lost all three games against Canada, Puerto Rico and Jamaica.
The 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in the Philippines served as the qualifying tournament. With three outright berths, the top three teams shall qualify. This means the finalists and the winner of the third-place playoff progressed.
Iran and the Philippines became the first teams to qualify via the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship in Manila by advancing to the finals. Iran made their second consecutive appearance while the Philippines qualified for the World Cup after 35 years of missing the tournament, their last appearance being in 1978 when they hosted the event. Korea, whose last appearance was in 1998, took the third and last automatic Asian berth after winning third place in the said tournament.
The FIBA EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia served as the qualifying tournament. With six outright berths, the top six teams shall qualify. This means the semifinalists and the participants in the fifth-place playoff shall progress. Spain, which is qualified already, participated, finishing within the top six. With this, the seventh-placed team took its place.
On 18 September 2013, France secured their third consecutive qualification to the World Cup after beating hosts Slovenia in the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 quarterfinals. On the next day, Slovenia qualified after beating Serbia in the 5th–8th Semifinals, while Croatia defeated Ukraine, and Lithuania defeated Italy to both grab tickets to the final tournament. On 20 September 2013, Ukraine qualified for the first time ever after defeating Italy. On the next day, Serbia bounced back from two consecutive losses to win against Italy that led them to the FIBA World Cup after snatching the last outright remaining berth at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013. Finland, Greece and Turkey were selected as wild cards for the World Cup berth on 1 February, with Finland, along with newcomers Ukraine, marking their FIBA World Cup debut.
FIBA shall select four wild cards after all of the continental championships are done. FIBA is prohibited from selecting more than three teams from the same continental zone and to select teams that did not participate in qualifying either through choice or FIBA-mandated suspension.
On 31 October, FIBA announced that fifteen teams submitted wild card applications. These were:
Of those fifteen, Italy and Germany withdrew before the meeting in Barcelona on 3 February, citing financial reasons. Germany indicated that it was willing to pay up to 300,000 euros for a place but that the sum required by FIBA to receive a place at the World Cup was more in the range of 1 million euros. Gianni Petrucci, chairman of the Italian federation stated that to make an offer in excess of 800,000 euros for a spot would be unethical. On 30 January, a report from Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo said that China and Russia also withdrew from wild card contention. There had been no official confirmation from either FIBA or the Chinese or Russian federations on the reported withdrawal. A day later, it was confirmed that the Chinese indeed withdrew from the wild card race, as they could not form a viable team.