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International Basketball Federation
Fédération Internationale de Basketball
Motto We Are Basketball
Formation June 18, 1932
Type Sport federation
Membership 213 national federations
Official languages English, French, Spanish, Russian, German[1]
Secretary General Patrick Baumann
President Bob Elphinston
Key people George Vassilakopoulos, Borislav Stanković, Manfred Ströher

The International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA (pronounced /ˈfiːbə/ FEE-bə), is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball.[citation needed] Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the Amateur from its official name but retained the initialism, because of the first two letters of the word basketball.

FIBA defines the international rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. A total of 214 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

The FIBA World Championship is a world basketball tournament for men's national teams hosted quadrennially by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

A parallel event for women's teams, the FIBA World Championship for Women, is also held quadrennially, in the same year as the men's event but in a different country.

The champion team wins the Naismith Trophy, named in honor of basketball's creator James Naismith, which was first awarded in 1967 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup; each of these tournaments have occurred in the same year since 1970.

In 2009 FIBA announced three new tournaments: two 12-team U-17 World Championships (one each for men and women) that will be played in July 2010, and an eight-team FIBA World Club Championship to be launched in October 2010.



Old FIBA logo.
FIBA divides the world into 5 commissions, each roughly based on a continent; North and South America are under one commission.

The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Its original name was Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur. Eight nations were founding members: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland. 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 for men since 1950 and a World Championship for Women since 1953. Both events are now held every four years, alternating with the Olympics.

In 1989, FIBA opened the door to Olympic participation by professionals such as players from the NBA in the United States. At this point, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur became the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, but retained FIBA as an abbreviation.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002. Patrick Baumann is the Secretary General of FIBA.

In 1991 it founded FIBA Hall of Fame, the first induction ceremony was held on September 12, 2007 during EuroBasket 2007.


Secretaries General


Current champions:

National teams

Tournament Men's Women's U-19 Men's U-19 Women's U-17 Men's U-17 Women's
World Championship  Spain  Australia  USA  USA
Olympics  USA  USA N/A
Commission Men's Women's U-18 Men's U-18 Women's U-16 Men's U-16 Women's
FIBA Africa  Angola  Senegal  Egypt  Mali  Egypt  Mali
FIBA Americas  Brazil  Brazil  Argentina  USA  USA  USA
FIBA Asia  Iran  China  Iran  Japan  China  China
FIBA Europe  Spain  France  Serbia  Spain  Spain  Spain
FIBA Oceania  New Zealand  Australia  Australia  Australia  Australia  Australia
Commission U-20 Men's U-20 Women's
FIBA Europe  Greece  France
  • FIBA no longer holds Under-21 World Championships and Under-20 Zone Championships, except in Europe. [2]


FIBA Tournament Men's Women's
World Club Championship Upcoming
Women's World League Defunct
FIBA Americas League Brazil Universo BRB N/A
FIBA Asia Champions Cup Iran Mahram Tehran N/A
FIBA Africa Champions Cup Angola Primeiro de Agosto N/A
EuroChallenge/EuroLeague Women Italy Virtus Bologna Russia Spartak Moscow Region
EuroCup Women N/A Turkey Galatasaray
European SuperCup N/A Russia Spartak Moscow Region
Tournament Men's Women's
NBA/WNBA United States Los Angeles Lakers United States Phoenix Mercury
Euroleague Greece Panathinaikos N/A
ULEB Eurocup Lithuania Lietuvos Rytas N/A
Liga Sudamericana Brazil Flamengo N/A
Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes Uruguay Club Biguá de Villa Biarritz N/A
NBL/WNBL (Australia) Australia Perth Wildcats Australia Canberra Capitals

Note: The following competitions are not under the direct control of a FIBA continental confederation:

  • NBA and WNBA: Both leagues are run by the NBA, a separate organization. The NBA uses a slightly different set of rules for its own league, while the WNBA uses a hybrid ruleset combining NBA and FIBA rules. The NBA has 29 teams in the USA plus one in Canada, while the WNBA has 13 teams in the USA only.
  • The men's Euroleague is totally controlled by ULEB, a consortium of European domestic and transnational leagues. The ULEB Eurocup, known as the ULEB Cup until the 2008-09 season, is jointly run by ULEB and FIBA Europe, but only the two preliminary rounds of that competition are run by FIBA Europe. Both competitions, however, use FIBA's rule set. However, both the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women, despite the similar names to the corresponding men's competitions, are completely controlled by FIBA Europe.
  • The Liga Sudamericana and the Campeonato Sudamericano de Clubes is operated by the South American Basketball Confederation, an affiliate of FIBA Americas.
  • The NBL and WNBL are separate organizations based in Australia. Both leagues, which use FIBA rules, have teams throughout Australia plus one in New Zealand.
  • The Philippine Basketball Association based in the Philippines. The the first and the oldest professional basketball league in Asia and the second oldest in the world after the National Basketball Association of the United States.

FIBA World Rankings

  • #1 men's team:  Argentina
  • #1 women's team:  USA
  • #1 combined ranking:  USA


Written By Anup Pimpalkhare in association with the website Another brilliant Mind


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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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  • IPA: [ˈfibʌ]




  1. Fédération Internationale de Basketball. Known in English as International Basketball Federation. Originally known as Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur, hence the initialism.

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