2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
18th FIBA Basketball World Cup
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Tournament details
Host nation China
Dates 31 August – 15 September
Teams 32 (from 214 federations)
Venues 8 (in 8 host cities)
Official website
2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
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The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup (simplified Chinese: 2019年世界杯篮球赛; traditional Chinese: 2019年世界盃籃球賽) will be the 18th tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men's national basketball teams. The tournament will be hosted in China and it will mark a new era for the competition as described. Rescheduled from 2018 to 2019, this edition will be the first FIBA Basketball World Cup since 1967 that will not occur in the same year as the FIFA World Cup, but a year following the latter. Also, the group stage will expand from 24 to 32 teams. The top 8 teams including Japan as the host for the 2020 Summer Olympics (where 2 teams each are coming from the Americas and Europe; and the top teams from Africa, Asia and Oceania) in this competition will guarantee a spot at the men's basketball event in the 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo.

Host selection[edit]

The whole bidding processed started in April 2014. Bids from numerous nations were submitted. On 16 March 2015, it was confirmed that the World Cup will be staged in Asia, with China and Philippines as the final countries to be the basis for the selection of the Hosts.[1][2] On 7 August 2015, it was announced that China won the bid against the Philippines and will host the upcoming World Cup.[3]

Voting results[edit]

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup bidding results
Nation Votes
 China 14
 Philippines 7

Venues[edit]

Beijing Nanjing
LeSports Center Youth Olympic
Sports Park Gymnasium
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 22,000


Shanghai Wuhan
Mercedes-Benz Arena Wuhan Gymnasium
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 13,000



Venues within Guangdong
Dongguan Foshan
Dongguan Basketball Center
Foshan Metro Sports Arena
(new venue)
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 14,700


Guangzhou Shenzhen
Guangzhou International
Sports Arena
Shenzhen Universiade
Sports Center
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 18,000



Qualification[edit]

China as hosts automatically qualified for the tournament. The continental championships will no longer belong to the qualification system for the World Cup. Instead, two rounds of continental qualifying tournaments will be held over two years.[4]

The first round of the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Africa qualifiers will feature 16 teams each, whereas Europe will have 32 teams. Division A teams will be split in groups of four, to be held in a home-and-away round-robin. The top three teams in each groups will advance to round two, and last placed teams will play the best Division B teams to qualify for the next season's Division A.

In round two of the World Cup qualifiers, teams will be split in groups of six, totaling four groups in Europe and two in the other qualifiers. Teams will carry over the points from round one, and face another three teams again in a home-and-away round-robin. The best teams in each group will qualify for the World Cup.

Starting 2019, no Wild card qualification will be held, and the Olympic Champions are not guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

The draw for the qualifiers will be held on 7 May 2017 in Guangzhou.[5]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualification Appearance Best performance FIBA World Ranking FIBA Zone FIBA Zone Ranking
As Date Last Total Streak
 China Host 7 August 2015 2010 8 1 8th place (1994) / Classification round 14 FIBA Asia 1

Format[edit]

The tournament will be played in three stages. In the first stage, the 32 qualified teams will be sorted into eight groups of four (A-H), each team in a group will play each other once. The top two teams from each group will then advance to the second group stage. In the second group stage there will be four groups (I-L) of four made up of the teams that advanced from the first round, again playing each other once. The top two teams from groups I to L will qualify for the final knockout phase.[6]

Reports suggest that the classification rounds will be revived after it was not held in 2014. They were traditionally held in every World Championship/World Cup and were last seen in action in 2010.[7]

In total, 96 games will be played over a total of 16 days.

Preliminary round[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:


Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Second round
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Round of 16[edit]

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-finals
2 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on unknown. Source:

Knockout Round[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
     
 
       
     
 
         
     
 
       
     
 
       
     
 
       
      Third place
 
         
           
             
 

Marketing[edit]

Branding[edit]

The official logo of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup was officially unveiled on March 21, 2017 in a ceremony held in Shanghai. The logo's concept was inspired from the Beijing Opera where the actors symbolize concepts such as wisdom, persistence, power and perfection, which are prerequisite characteristics that the participating players of national team will need to exhibit "in order to succeed". The logo design was also inspired from the Chinese Dragon Dance, a cultural tradition depicting a story of two flying dragons battling over a shining pearl which is meant to parallel the competition of national teams for the Naismith Trophy.[8]

Issues and concerns[edit]

There are concerns from national associations that they will not be able to play the qualifiers with players from top professional leagues globally (National Basketball Association of North America and the EuroLeague), which is possible with the continental championships held in mid-year.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mainini: calendar, system of competition and 3x3 our biggest priorities" (Press release). FIBA. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-28. 
  2. ^ PR N°20 – Central Board gives green light to new format and calendar of competition
  3. ^ "PR N°30 - People's Republic of China to host 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup". FIBA. 7 August 2015. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ FIBA competitions calendar format 2017–2020
  5. ^ "FIBA Central Board makes key decisions during first meeting of 2017". fiba.com (Press release). FIBA. 30 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "2017-2021: FIBA New Competition System". FIBA.com. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "SBP close to P5-million in spending for 2019 FIBA World Cup bid, hopes to be on November shortlist". Interaksyon.com. Manila: InterAksyon. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 logo unveiled". FIBA. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017. 
  9. ^ FIBA schedule could leave NBA out - ESPN, September 19, 2013