International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Fédération internationale de basket-ball
Abbreviation FIBA
Motto "We are basketball"
Formation 18 June 1932
Type Sports federation
Region served
213 national federations
Official language
English and French [1]
Secretary General
Patrick Baumann
Horacio Muratore
Key people
Borislav Stanković
George Vassilakopoulos
Manfred Ströher

The International Basketball Federation, more commonly known as FIBA, FIBA World, or FIBA International (/ˈfbə/ FEE-bə), from its French name Fédération internationale de basket-ball, is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball. Originally known as the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its official name but retained the acronym; the "BA" now represents the first two letters of 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 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

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 Canadian creator James Naismith. The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup in 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. The women's tournament will continue to be held in the same year as the FIFA World Cup.

In 2009 FIBA announced three new tournaments: two 12-team U-17 World Championships (one each for men and women) to be played in July 2010, and an eight-team FIBA World Club Championship to be launched in October 2010. However, the FIBA World Club Championship did not materialize. In its place, FIBA instead relaunched its original world club championship for men, the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in 2013.

The newest worldwide FIBA tournaments for national teams are in the three-player half-court variation, 3x3. The FIBA 3x3 U-18 World Championships were inaugurated in 2011, and the FIBA 3x3 World Championships for senior teams followed a year later. All events initially included separate tournaments for men's, women's, and mixed teams, but mixed championships are no longer contested. The U-18 championships, held annually, feature 32 teams in each individual tournament. The senior championships have 24 teams in each individual tournament, and are held in even-numbered years.


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 basket-ball 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, 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 will be 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. Patrick Baumann is the current Secretary General of FIBA.

From amateur to fully professional NBA status

In April 1989, under then FIBA Secretary General Borislav Stanković, FIBA opened the door to Olympics participation for players from the NBA in the United States, rather than just to players from amateur, semi-professional, or even fully professional basketball leagues, excluding the NBA, as had been the case up until that point in time. Up until that point, even players from some fully registered and licensed professional leagues could qualify to compete at the Olympics, as long as they did not play in the NBA. After making this monumental rules change, the Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur became the Fédération internationale de basket-ball, but it retained FIBA as an abbreviation.

The first times that current NBA players, that had also already played in an official regular season NBA game, were allowed to compete at the three major men's international national team basketball competitions (FIBA EuroBasket, FIBA World Cup, and the Summer Olympic Games) were the 1990 FIBA World Championship (now called FIBA World Cup), where only non-American NBA players were allowed to play, the 1991 FIBA EuroBasket, and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games. The 1994 FIBA World Championship was the first time that the FIBA World Cup allowed current American NBA players that had already played in an official NBA regular season game to play. FIBA considers then that the FIBA EuroBasket became officially a fully professional tournament in 1991, and the same with the Olympics in 1992, and the FIBA World Cup in 1994. All the earlier editions of those tournaments are counted under the "amateur" status.


Years Name
1932–1939 James A. Naismith (honorary)
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 Dr. Carl Men Ky Ching
2006–2010 Bob Elphinston
2010–2014 Yvan Mainini
2014–present Horacio Muratore

Secretaries General

Years Name
1932–1976 Renato William Jones
1976–2002 Borislav Stanković
2002– Patrick Baumann


World Champions

Tournament FIBA World Cup Year Olympics Year
Men  United States (5) 2014  United States (15) 2016
Women  United States (9) 2014  United States (8) 2016
U-19 Men  Canada (1) 2017  Lithuania (1) 2014
U-19 Women  Russia (1) 2017  United States (1) 2014
U-17 Men  United States (5) 2018 N/A
U-17 Women  United States (4) 2018 N/A

Continental Champions

Tournament FIBA Africa Year FIBA Americas Year FIBA Asia Year FIBA Europe Year FIBA Oceania Year
Men  Tunisia (2) 2017  United States (7) 2017  Australia (1) 2017  Slovenia (1) 2017 N/A
Women  Nigeria (3) 2017  Canada (3) 2017  Japan (4) 2017  Spain (3) 2017 N/A
U-18 Men  Angola (4) 2016  United States (9) 2018  Australia (1) 2018  Serbia (4) 2018  New Zealand (1) 2016
U-18 Women  Mali (7) 2018  United States (10) 2018  China (15) 2016  Germany (1) 2018  Australia (7) 2016
U-16 Men  Mali (1) 2017  United States (5) 2017  Australia (1) 2017  Croatia (4) 2018  Australia (5) 2017
U-16 Women  Mali (5) 2017  United States (4) 2017  Australia (1) 2017  Italy (1) 2018  Australia (5) 2017
  • 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.

3x3 World Champions

Tournament FIBA 3x3 World Cup Year
Men  Serbia (4) 2018
Women  Italy (1) 2018
U-18 Men  Belgium (1) 2017
U-18 Women  United States (3) 2017


Most Valuable Player

Tournament Most Recent Awardee Team Year
Men Kyrie Irving  United States 2014
Women Maya Moore  United States 2014
U-19 Men R. J. Barrett  Canada 2017
U-19 Women Maria Vadeeva  Russia 2017
U-17 Men Jalen Green  United States 2018
U-17 Women Jordan Horston  United States 2018

Nike FIBA World rankings



  1. 2014 General Statutes of FIBA, Article 47.1
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