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.[3]

International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Fédération Internationale de Basketball
PredecessorInternational Amateur Handball Federation
Formation18 June 1932; 89 years ago (1932-06-18)
Founded atGeneva, Switzerland
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersMies, Switzerland
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.

FIBA organizes both the men's and women's FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament, which are sanctioned by the IOC.[4] 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 American-Canadian creator James Naismith. The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup in association 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.


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. Before 1934 basketball was under the umbrella of the International Amateur Handball Federation. Its original name was Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur. The eight nation's basketball federations that were the founding members of FIBA were: Argentina's Basketball Federation, Czechoslovakia's Basketball Federation, Greece's Basketball Federation, Italy's Basketball Federation, Latvia's Basketball Federation, Portugal's Basketball Federation, Romania's Basketball Federation, and Switzerland's Basketball Federation. 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 became the Secretary General of FIBA, on 7 December 2018.


Years Name[5]
1932–1948 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 Ching Men-ky (in Chinese)
2006–2010 Robert Elphinston
2010–2014 Yvan Mainini
2014–2019 Horacio Muratore
2019–present Hamane Niang

Honorary President

During the 1936 Summer Olympics the FIBA honored James A. Naismith, the founder of basketball, as their honorary President.[3]

Secretaries General

Years Name
1932–1976 Renato William Jones
1976–2003 / Borislav Stanković
2003–2018 Patrick Baumann
2018–present Andreas Zagklis


World champions

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 (8) 2021  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

World club champions

Club competition Year Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Intercontinental Cup 2021 San Pablo Burgos 1st Quimsa 2022

Continental champions

National teams FIBA Africa Year Next edition FIBA Americas Year Next edition FIBA Asia Year Next edition FIBA Europe Year Next edition FIBA Oceania Year Next edition
Men  Tunisia (2) 2017 2021  United States (7) 2017 2022  Australia (1) 2017 2021  Slovenia (1) 2017 2022  Australia (19) 2015 N/A
Women  Nigeria (4) 2019 2021  United States (3) 2019 2021  Japan (5) 2019 2021  Serbia (2) 2021 2021  Australia (14) 2015
U-18 Men  Mali (1) 2018 2022  United States (9) 2018 2022  Australia (1) 2018 2022  Spain (4) 2019 2021  New Zealand (1) 2016
U-18 Women  Mali (7) 2018 2022  United States (10) 2018 2022  China (16) 2018 2022  Italy (3) 2019 2022  Australia (7) 2016
U-16 Men  Egypt (4) 2019 2021  United States (6) 2019 2021  Australia (1) 2017 2021  Spain (5) 2019 2021  Australia (5) 2017 2021
U-16 Women  Mali (6) 2019 2021  United States (5) 2019 2021  Australia (1) 2017 2021  Russia (6) 2019 2021  Australia (2) 2019 2021
  • 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.

Continental club champions

Region Competition Year Champion Title Runner-up Next edition
Men's club competitions
Africa Basketball Africa League 2021 Zamalek 1st US Monastir 2022
Americas Basketball Champions League Americas 2021 Flamengo 1st Real Estelí 2021–22
Asia Asia Champions Cup 2019 Alvark Tokyo 1st Al Riyadi Beirut 2021
Europe[lower-alpha 1] Basketball Champions League 2020–21 San Pablo Burgos 2nd Pınar Karşıyaka 2021–22
Europe Cup 2020–21 Ironi Nes Ziona 1st Arged BMSLAM Stal 2021–22
Women's club competitions
Africa Africa Women's Clubs Champions Cup 2018 Ferroviário de Maputo 1st Interclube 2021
Europe EuroLeague Women 2020–21 UMMC Ekaterinburg 6th Perfumerías Avenida 2021–22
EuroCup Women 2020–21 Valencia Basket 1st Reyer Venezia 2021–22
SuperCup Women 2019 UMMC Ekaterinburg 4th Nadezhda Orenburg 2021
  1. The top-tier European professional basketball club competitions, the EuroLeague (first-tier) and EuroCup (second-tier), are run by Euroleague Basketball, not by FIBA Europe.

3x3 world champions

Tournament FIBA 3x3 World Cup Year Next edition
Men  United States (1) 2019 2022
Women  China (1) 2019 2022
U-23 Men  Russia (1) 2018 TBD
U-23 Women  Russia (1) 2018
U-18 Men  United States (1) 2019
U-18 Women  United States (4) 2019


Most Valuable Player

Tournament Most Recent Awardee Team Year
Men Ricky Rubio  Spain 2019
Women Breanna Stewart  United States 2018
U-19 Men Reginald Perry  United States 2019
U-19 Women Paige Bueckers  United States 2019
U-17 Men Jalen Green  United States 2018
U-17 Women Jordan Horston  United States 2018

FIBA World Rankings


The following table has the Top 32 men's basketball countries in the world.[6] The Top 32 is here due to the next iteration of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the world's major tournament in men's basketball, anticipating to have 32 countries compete. As such, this table shows the projected teams in the next FIBA Men's WC based on the ranking's algorithm. This list does not consider berths given to countries based on hosting or region status.[7]

RankTeamRegionPointsΔPrevious finish
1 United StatesAmericas781.87th
2 SpainEurope721.31st
3 AustraliaAsia667.04th
4 ArgentinaAmericas662.42nd
5 SerbiaEurope662.05th
6 GreeceEurope658.4 111th
7 FranceEurope656.0 13rd
8 LithuaniaEurope634.69th
9 RussiaEurope613.312th
10 ItalyEurope596.4 210th
11 BrazilAmericas591.6 113th
12 Czech RepublicEurope585.4 16th
13 PolandEurope573.78th
14 CroatiaEurope546.7DNQ
15 TurkeyEurope531.922nd
16 SloveniaEurope521.2DNQ
17 GermanyEurope513.418th
18 Puerto RicoAmericas509.615th
19 Dominican RepublicAmericas494.616th
20 VenezuelaAmericas494.514th
21 CanadaAmericas463.821st
22 NigeriaAfrica439.317th
23 IranAsia432.123rd
24 MexicoAmericas424.2DNQ
25 New ZealandAsia421.819th
26 MontenegroEurope410.525th
27 LatviaEurope400.4DNQ
28 UkraineEurope376.4 1DNQ
29 ChinaAsia363.7 124th
30 South KoreaAsia341.126th
31 PhilippinesAsia340.832nd
32 FinlandEurope340.8 2DNQ


The following table has the Top 16 women's basketball countries in the world.[8] The Top 16 is here due to the next iteration of the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, the world's major tournament in women's basketball, anticipating to have 16 countries compete. As such, this table shows the projected teams in the next FIBA Women's WC based on the ranking's algorithm. This list does not consider berths given to countries based on hosting or region status.[9]

RankTeamRegionPointsΔPrevious finish
1 United StatesAmericas832.91st
2 AustraliaAsia714.52nd
3 SpainEurope690.53rd
4 CanadaAmericas649.37th
5 FranceEurope639.45th
6 BelgiumEurope607.14th
7 TurkeyEurope593.810th
8 SerbiaEurope585.0DNQ
9 ChinaAsia571.26th
10 JapanAsia540.19th
11 BelarusEurope470.0DNQ
12 RussiaEurope420.1DNQ
13 GreeceEurope383.811th
14 ItalyEurope363.2 2DNQ
15 BrazilAmericas362.3DNQ
16 Czech RepublicEurope362.0 1DNQ



  1. 2014 General Statutes of FIBA, Article 47.1
  2. "FIBA Central Board appoints Andreas Zagklis as Secretary General".
  3. "History". FIBA. Archived from the original on 4 May 2020. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. Presentation.
  5. "President of FIBA". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  6. "FIBA Rankings – Men's basketball". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  7. "How to Qualify for the 2023 FIBA World Cup". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  8. "FIBA Rankings – Women's basketball". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  9. "How to Qualify for the 2022 FIBA Women's World Cup". International Basketball Federation. Retrieved 23 May 2021.