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2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup
Tournament details
Teams 215 max. (from 215 max. federations)
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The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification process will determine the 31 out of 32 teams that will participate at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.


  • Qualified teams 1
  • Format 2
  • Confederation qualifications 3
    • FIBA Africa 3.1
    • FIBA Americas 3.2
    • FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania (Asia–Pacific) 3.3
    • FIBA Europe 3.4
  • Issues and concerns 4
  • References 5

Qualified teams

  Country qualified for World Cup
  Country may qualify
  Did not participate
  Suspended, may not be able enter the qualifiers
  Country not a FIBA member
Team Qualification Appearance Best performance FIBA World Ranking
As Date Last Total Streak
 China Host 7 August 2015 2010 8 1 8th place (1994) / Classification round


The continental championships will no longer belong to the qualification system for the World Cup. Instead, two rounds of continental qualifying tournaments will be held over two years.[1]

The first round of the Americas, Asia / Oceania and Africa qualifiers will feature 16 teams each, whereas Europe will have 32 teams. Division A teams will be split in groups of four, to be held in a home-and-away round-robin. The top three teams in each groups will advance to round two, and last placed teams will play the best Division B teams to qualify for the next season's Division A.

In round two of the World Cup qualifiers, teams will be split in groups of six, totaling four groups in Europe and two in the other qualifiers. Teams will carry over the points from round one, and face another three teams again in a home-and-away round-robin. The best teams in each group will qualify for the World Cup.

Starting 2019, no Wild card qualification will be held, and the Olympic Champions will not directly qualify.

FIBA zone Qualifying tournaments World Cup berths
Division A
top ranked
Division B
possible entrants
Berth as the
host nation
FIBA Africa 16 37 5 0 5
FIBA Americas 16 28 7 0 7
FIBA Asia-Pacific
FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania
16 48 7 1 8
FIBA Europe 32 21 12 0 12
Total 80 134 31 1 32

Confederation qualifications

FIBA Africa

FIBA Americas

FIBA Asia and FIBA Oceania (Asia–Pacific)

FIBA Europe

Issues and concerns

There are concerns from national associations that they will not be able to play the qualifiers with players from top professional leagues globally (National Basketball Association of North America and the Turkish Airlines Euroleague), which is possible with the continental championships held in mid-year. The alleged controversial officiating of the referees in favor of China during the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship had many basketball enthusiasts concerned of the officiating of the FIBA World Cup.[2][3]


  1. ^ FIBA competitions calendar format 2017-2020
  2. ^
  3. ^ FIBA schedule could leave NBA out - ESPN, September 19, 2013
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