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FIBA's crazy new rules for World Cup

KUALA LUMPUR (Central Board) – FIBA announced at its Central Board meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that it will go ahead and implement a new format and calendar of competition beginning in 2017.

After being presented with the conclusions from the latest consultations with stakeholders – including a study of the economic parameters carried out by external experts – FIBA’s Central Board on Saturday agreed to move ahead and to introduce a new format and calendar of competition.

The key principles agreed for the new competition format and calendar for men from 2017 are the following:

After the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain, the next edition will be moved to 2019 (instead of 2018) and will be played every four years from then on. A total of 32 teams (increased from 24) will participate in FIBA’s flagship event.

The qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held over the course of two years and consist of six windows which will be in November (2017), February, June, September, November (2018) and February (2019). The exact period and length of these windows will be defined in the coming months in collaboration with all stakeholders. The national teams will be divided into two divisions – Division A and Division B – with groups of three or four teams in an open system with promotion and relegation. Games in the qualification period will be played in a home-and-away format.

• Asia and Oceania will play in a combined Asia-Pacific region to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but universality will remain in place for the qualifying process to the Olympic Games.

As of 2017, the continental championships will take place every four years (2017, 2021, 2025) with a similar system of qualification as for the FIBA Basketball World Cup and which will come into action after FIBA’s flagship event in 2019. The windows will follow the same principle as the qualifying process to the FIBA Basketball World Cup but will be adapted in the Olympic years (2020, 2024).

• The qualification for the 2020 Olympics will be through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup and four Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in four zones.

The format and calendar of competition was identified as being one of FIBA’s main priorities and has been intensively worked on over the last two years. The modification of the current system is essential to further stimulate the global growth of basketball, increase its visibility around the world and further develop FIBA’s National Federations. This new competition format will give more prominence to the FIBA Basketball World Cup by placing it in a year where it can enjoy more exclusivity.

The home-and-away format will allow fans from around 140 countries to see their national teams play regular games and offer a “Road to the FIBA Basketball World Cup” over a two-year qualification period, with a similar system for the continental championships. There will be a total of more than 1,200 games played over a four-year cycle.

The FIBA Central Board recognizes the fundamental role played by clubs and leagues worldwide and the need for appropriate insurance for players competing for their national teams. The new competition format takes the health of top players into consideration by reducing their current summer workload and responds to the clubs’ concerns about player fatigue and injury. The FIBA Central Board looks forward to cooperating with all stakeholders to make this new calendar a success for the world of basketball.

FIBA President Yvan Mainini explained the rationale behind making the change at this moment in time.

“Basketball needs to expand its reach and generate a new, dynamic stimulus for its growth. This can only happen if each country grows the game and plays regularly in front of its own fans,” he said.

“I’m delighted that the Central Board has taken this decision because it is fundamental in our goal of harmonizing the global calendar and developing basketball worldwide.”

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann added: “National teams are the locomotive of basketball in each country. We need to protect and enhance their role. At the same time, clubs invest daily into our sport and their investment also needs respect and protection.”

“Therefore, in each country, it is the joint responsibility of clubs, leagues and National Federations to cooperate for the success of the national championships and the national team in this new integrated system.”
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so essentially it will mean NBA players won't compete in the qualifications?

the current system is certainly better. seems like FIBA has delusions of grandeur and they're hoping to challenge FIFA World Cup and decrease the importance of Olympic basketball.

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I am actually in favor of these new rules. FIBA certainly isn't trying to challenge the FIFA World Cup, as they know they would likely fail in that quest, but they just want the FIBA World Cup to gain more popularity than it has right now. I'd also like to see the FIBA World Cup take over the Olympics as the top notch international event for basketball, and FIBA has stated that they would like to do so, as well.

But I think we can all agree that changing the continental events to every four years instead of two is a sensible choice. It should give them much more excitement, since it won't be around as often, and more prestige, too.

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I prefer the current qualification system where Eurobasket qualification is played out during one month in every two years before NBA preseason starts as this enables teams to use NBA players. And qualification for World Championships is based on the results of continental championships. This "six windows" system for both Eurobasket and World Cups means NBA players will not participate in most qualification games as there's no way NBA will make breaks for international games. Awful idea IMO, it will only weaken international basketball.

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But June, September, and most of November (3/4 months of qualifications) are the off-season for NBA players. I could only see February affecting the NBA players.

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November is not NBA off-season :rollani:

And in June most NBA guys will already be enjoying their vacation time and might not be in match fitness anymore, I doubt they'll bother to significantly shorten their time of recuperation between club seasons because of a few qualification matches.

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18.11.2012

FIBA EUROPE

The FIBA Europe Board has expressed its dissatisfaction with certain aspects of the planned reform of the global calendar, decided by FIBA's recent Central Board in Kuala Lumpur.

In particular, the FIBA Europe Board, which convened in Ljubljana, Slovenia this weekend, reiterated its rejection of the FIBA proposal for a four-year cycle for EuroBasket, its flagship even and Europe's premier basketball event. FIBA Europe believes that the two-year cycle should be maintained.

The Board, in principle, agrees with the introduction of windows during the season for the National Teams competitions.

FIBA Europe has decided to have a full analysis of the proposed changes, informally through a working group and seminars involving its member Federation, and formally by bringing the issue before the General Assembly next spring.

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November is not NBA off-season :rollani:

And in June most NBA guys will already be enjoying their vacation time and might not be in match fitness anymore, I doubt they'll bother to significantly shorten their time of recuperation between club seasons because of a few qualification matches.
I'm sure the November matches will be on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, meaning the players won't be missing out on the important part of the season.

And you never know, FIBA might work out an agreement with the NBA to get offdays during the qualifiers.

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it is completely out of the question that any NBA club would release their players for international duty once the preseason has started. Only June and September windows could include NBA players but realistically speaking I'm not sure if even that happens too often. This whole system sounds like a huge mess.

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Yeah, the more I think about it the more I agree with you.

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