The FIBA Basketball World Cup is a world tournament for men's national teams held every four years and attracts attention from people all over the world. It is organized by FIBA, an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. FIBA, with the full name of the International Basketball Federation, was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport being officially recognized by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
This year, the global basketball competition will include a record 32 participating countries, which qualified during tournaments over the past two years. This will be the 18th session of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the first time it has ever been held in China.
From 31st August to 15th September, the games will take place in eight cities -- Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou -- across five provinces. In total, there will be 92 games played over just 16 days.
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Plenty of NBA players from across the globe are expected to participate in the tournament (Team USA announced their training camp invites in June). But before the official rosters are announced later this summer, get ready for the competition with everything you need to know about the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
The tournament schedule is shown below:
GROUP PHASE - 1ST ROUND (Aug 31st--Sept 5th)
Every team plays against the three other teams in its group for a total of 48 games (3 games per team, 6 games per group).
GROUP PHASE - 2ND ROUND (Sept 6th – 9th)
The results of the three games from the 1st Round carry over to this 2nd Round. Every team plays against the two teams in their group that they did not face in the 1st Round, for a total of 16 games. (2 games per team, 4 games per group).
The bottom two teams from each group are eliminated and ranked in places 9-16 according to the Official Basketball Rules.
FINAL PHASE (Sept 10th – 15th)
Losers of the Quarter-Finals will play the Classification Round for places 5-8.
The classification games and ranking principles are necessary as the final ranking of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be used to qualify directly 7 teams to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and 16 teams to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.
PLACES 5-8 (Sept 12th -14th)
PLACES 9-16(No games)
All teams ranked 3rd and 4th in the 2nd Round groups will be classified according to the Official Basketball Rules:
3rd in groups will be classified 9-12
4th in groups will be classified 13-16
PLACES 17-32(Sept 6th – 9th)
All results from the Group Phase - 1st Round carry over to this round. Every team plays against the two teams in its group that it did not face during the Group Phase - 1st Round, for a total of 16 games (2 games per team, 4 games per group).
After these games, the global classification for places 17-32 will then be established according to the Official Basketball Rules:
1st in groups will be classified 17 - 20
2nd in groups will be classified 21 - 24
3rd in groups will be classified 25 - 28
4th in groups will be classified 29 – 32
This summer, NBA stars -- well, some of them -- are taking on the world in China. With players such as James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal withdrawing from Team USA participation, who remains on the roster to challenge powerhouses team Spain, team France and team Serbia?
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