Basketball in Spain

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Basketball in Spain
Palacio de Deportes (Madrid) 16.jpg
Barclaycard Center, Real Madrid’s Stadium.
Country Spain
Governing body FEB
National team Spain
First played 1923
Registered players 407,728
Clubs 4,053
National competitions
Club competitions
International competitions

Basketball is a popular sport in Spain, second in popularity only to association football. The top Spanish League is a member of ULEB, and the top Spanish League teams can compete in Europe, most notably in the Euroleague and Eurocup, and also under the FIBA Europe umbrella, in the FIBA Europe Cup. The Spanish teams also compete in a national domestic cup competition each year, called the Copa del Rey de Baloncesto, which is played by the top eight teams in the standings of the Liga ACB, at the end of the first half of the regular season.

Spanish basketball league system[edit]

The tier levels[edit]

For the 2015–16 season, the Spanish basketball league system is as follows:

Level League
1 Liga ACB
(18 teams)
(previously Liga Nacional)
2 LEB Oro
(16 teams)
3 LEB Plata
(16 teams)
4 Liga EBA Group A
Asturias Basque Country (autonomous community) Cantabria Castile and León Galicia (Spain) Navarre La Rioja (Spain)
Liga EBA Group B
Canary Islands Castilla-La Mancha Community of Madrid
Liga EBA Group C
Aragon Balearic Islands Catalonia
Liga EBA Group D
Andalusia Ceuta Extremadura Melilla
Liga EBA Group E
Region of Murcia Valencian Community
5 Primera División
(15 groups, one for each autonomous community except Basque Country, La Rioja, and Navarra, who share the same group; in Catalonia, known as, Copa Catalunya)
Regional divisions

Evolution of the Spanish basketball league system[edit]

Tier\Years 1957–78 1978–83 1983–90 1990–94 1994–96 1996–2000 2000–07 2007–09 2009–
1 1ª División ACB
2 2ª División 1ª División B 1ª División EBA LEB (since 2007, LEB Oro)
3 3ª División 2ª División EBA LEB 2 (since 2007, LEB Plata)
4 Lower 3ª División Lower Lower Lower 2ª División EBA LEB Bronce EBA
5 Lower Lower 1ª División EBA 1ª División
6 Lower 1ª División Lower
7 Lower

Spanish women's basketball league system[edit]

Level League
1 Liga Femenina
(14 teams)
2 Liga Femenina 2 Group A
(12 teams)
Liga Femenina 2 Group B
(12 teams)
3 1ª División Group A
Asturias Cantabria Castile and León Galicia (Spain)
1ª División Group B
Aragon Basque Country (autonomous community) La Rioja (Spain) Navarre
1ª División Group C
Balearic Islands Catalonia
1ª División Group D
Castilla-La Mancha Community of Madrid Region of Murcia Valencian Community
1ª División Group E
Andalusia Canary Islands Ceuta Extremadura Melilla
4 Regional divisions

Spain national basketball team[edit]

Men's team[edit]

Women's team[edit]

Autonomous teams[edit]

Like in football, several Autonomous Communities have their own autonomous team. These teams are not recognized by FIBA Europe, and only play in friendly games.

Between 2008 and 2010, the Torneo de las Naciones was played between the teams of Basque Country, Catalonia, and Galicia, and a foreign national team was invited. The following Autonomous Communities have played at least one friendly game:

Also,  Minorca has got a basketball team which plays biennially in the Island Games.

On the other hand, Gibraltar has its own national team recognized by FIBA Europe.  Gibraltar plays biannually in the European Basketball Championship for Small Countries and, like Minorca, the Island Games.

Other competitions[edit]

External links[edit]