2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
2019年世界盃篮球賽
FIBA2019WorldCup.svg
Tournament details
Host country China
Dates August 31 – September 15
Teams 32 (from 4 confederations)
Venue(s) 8 (in 8 host cities)
2014
2023

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup 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 of the 2020 Summer Olympics (where 2 teams each come from the Americas and Europe; and the top teams from Africa, Asia and Oceania), in this competition will qualify for the men's basketball event in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Hosts selection[edit]

The whole bidding process 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
Cadillac Arena Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 13,000
Multicoloured Wukesong Arena Facade (crop).jpg
Shanghai Wuhan
Mercedes-Benz Arena Wuhan Gymnasium
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 13,000
Shanghai Expo Cultural Center.jpg
Venues within Guangdong
Dongguan Foshan
Nissan Sports Centre
Foshan Metro
Sports Arena

(new venue)
Capacity: 16,000 Capacity: 14,700
Guangzhou Shenzhen
Guangzhou International
Sports Arena
Shenzhen Universiade
Sports Centre
Capacity: 18,000 Capacity: 18,000
Guangzhou International Sports Arena (SW).jpg ShenZhen Universiade Sports Centre.jpg

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 selection will be held, and the Olympic champions are not guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

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

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualification Appearance Best performance FIBA World Ranking
As Date Last Total Streak
 China Host nation 7 August 2015 2010 9 1 8th place (1994) / Classification round 29
 Tunisia African Second Round Group E Top 2 15 September 2018 2010 2 1 24th place (2010) / Classification round 52
 Nigeria African Second Round Group F Top 2 15 September 2018 2006 4 1 13th place (1998) / Classification round 16
 Greece European Second Round Group L Top 3 16 September 2018 2014 8 4 2nd place (2006) / Final 9
 Germany European Second Round Group L Top 3 16 September 2018 2010 6 1 3rd place (2002) / Third Place round 22
 Czech Republic European Second Round Group K Top 3 16 September 2018 N/A 1 1 Debut 24
 Lithuania European Second Round Group J Top 3 17 September 2018 2014 6 4 3rd place (2010) /Third Place round 6

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]

Classification rounds will be revived after they were not held in 2014.[7] They were traditionally held in every World Championship/World Cup and were last seen in action in 2010.[8]

In total, 92 games will be played over a total of 16 days.

Group phase[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group B[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group C[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group D[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group E[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group F[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group G[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group H[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to second round
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Move to 17th-32nd Classification
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 31 August–1 September 2019. Source: FIBA

Second round[edit]

Group I[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 A1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-Finals
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group J[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-Finals
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group K[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-Finals
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group L[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 G1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advanced to Quarter-Finals
2 G2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

17th-32nd Classification[edit]

Bottom 2 teams from each group in Round 1 will play in the Classification Round.[9]

Group M[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group N[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group O[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Group P[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
1 G3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 G4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 H3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 H4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2019. Source: FIBA

Final phase[edit]

Bracket[edit]

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
10–11 September
 
 
I1
 
13 September
 
J2
 
 
 
10–11 September
 
 
 
K1
 
15 September - Beijing
 
L2
 
 
 
10–11 September
 
 
 
J1
 
13 September
 
I2
 
 
 
10–11 September
 
 Third place game
 
L1
 
15 September
 
K2
 
 
 
 
 
 

5th-8th Classification[edit]

 
5th-8th ClassificationFifth Place
 
      
 
13 September
 
 
Loser QF1
 
15 September - Beijing
 
Loser QF2
 
 
 
13 September
 
 
 
Loser QF3
 
 
Loser QF4
 
Seventh Place
 
 
15 September
 
 
 
 
 
 

Final rankings[edit]

Qualify to the Olympics via Sub-Zone Rank
Qualify to the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Qualify to the Olympics as Host br>


Rank Team Record Tie-breaker Points Average
1st, gold medalist(s)
2nd, silver medalist(s)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)
4
5th-8th Classification
5
6
7
8
Rank 3 in Second Round Groups
9
10
11
12
Rank 4 in Second Round Groups
13
14
15
16
Rank 1 in 17th-32nd Groups
17
18
19
20
Rank 2 in 17th-32nd Groups
21
22
23
24
Rank 3 in 17th-32nd Groups
25
26
27
28
Rank 4 in 17th-32nd Groups
29
30
31
32

Marketing[edit]

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The official logo of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup was officially unveiled on 21 March 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.[10]

Sponsors[edit]

Infront China will become the exclusive marketing partner for the domestic commercial rights of FIBA Basketball World Cup China 2019, according to a strategic cooperation agreement officially announced between Infront China, a Wanda Sports company, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Organizing Committee for the competition. The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be staged across eight Chinese cities including Beijing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan and Dongguan, from 31 August to 15 September 2019.[11]

Mascot[edit]

On 18 April 2018 with 500 days to go, The mascot Son of Dreams was chosen. The mascot is inspired by the Chinese Dragon, born in China on August 8, 2015 one day after China was announced as the host, Son of Dreams' magical horns give him the power to see in the future, envisioning plays and moves before they actually happen. He wears a red and blue uniform with the tournament's logo and high tops by China's top player Yao Ming and the winning mascot was designed by Yan Xu. The mascot was chosen over other finalists Speed Tiger who was inspired by a Siberian tiger and QiuQiu (a.k.a. Little Lightning) who was inspired by a Chinese lion. The official mascot made his first public appearance on 28 June 2018 in Shenzhen.[12]

Issues and concerns[edit]

There are concerns from national federations that they will not be able to play the qualifiers with players from top professional leagues globally (the National Basketball Association and EuroLeague), which is possible with professional leagues operating in mid-year.[13]

References[edit]

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