FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will be the 18th tournament of the FIBA Basketball World Cup for men’s national basketball teams. The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 tipped off on Aug. 31 in China. The global basketball competition includes a record of 32 participating countries, who qualified during tournaments over the past two years. This year is the 18th edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the first time it has ever been held in China. 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 This edition will be the first FIBA Basketball World Cup since 1967 that will not occur in the same year as the FIFA World Cup, but a year following the latter. The tournament will be held from August 31 to September 15, 2019. Get ready for all of the action with everything you need to know about this global competition.
- First Round (Group Phase): Aug. 31 – Sept. 5
- Second Round (Group Phase): Sept. 6 – 9
- Quarterfinals: Sept. 10 – 11
- Semifinals: Sept. 13
- Final: Sept. 15
Thirty-two countries qualified to play in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup through qualifying tournaments played in 2017. Five countries are from Africa, 12 from Europe, seven from the Americas, and eight from Asia and Oceania. The 32 countries who qualified to compete were placed in eight groups during the Official Draw held in mid-March. These groups will compete against each other during the first round of the Group Phase, which features 48 games total (3 games per team, 6 games per group).
Eight groups all countries details
Group A: Cote d’Ivoire, Poland, Venezuela, China Group B: Russia, Argentina, Korea, Nigeria Group C: Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Tunisia Group D: Angola, Philippines, Italy, Serbia Group E: Turkey, Czech Republic, USA, Japan Group F: Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, Montenegro Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan Group H: Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia
The top two teams from each group advance to the second round of the Group Phase. The bottom two teams from each group move to the Classification Round to compete for places 17 to 32.
The second round of the Group Phase features four groups of four teams playing a total of 16 games (two games per team, four games per group). In this second round, teams only play against teams they did not face during the first round. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals, while the bottom two teams in each group are eliminated and ranked in places No. 9 to 16.
The Final Phase of the World Cup is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament. The losing teams in the Quarterfinals move to the Classification Round for places No. 5 to 8. The losing teams in the Semifinals compete in a game for third place. The champion of the tournament is the winner of the final game on Sep. 15 in Beijing.
Qualified teams for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers
- Cote d’Ivoire
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers
- Czech Republic
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers
- New Zealand
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
FIBA World Cup History
That’s the big question as head coach Gregg Popovich looks to lead Team USA to a FIBA three-peat. Several NBA stars have already passed on the opportunity to play for this year’s squad, so the path to another gold medal could be difficult with strong challengers hoping to upset the red, white and blue.
Team USA roster for 2019 FIBA World Cup
|Harrison Barnes||Forward||Sacramento Kings|
|Jaylen Brown||Forward||Boston Celtics|
|Joe Harris||Guard||Brooklyn Nets|
|Kyle Kuzma||Forward||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Brook Lopez||Center||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Khris Middleton||Guard/Forward||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Donovan Mitchell||Guard||Utah Jazz|
|Mason Plumlee||Center||Denver Nuggets|
|Marcus Smart||Guard||Boston Celtics|
|Jayson Tatum||Forward||Boston Celtics|
|Myles Turner||Center||Indiana Pacers|
|Kemba Walker||Guard||Boston Celtics|
|Derrick White||Guard||San Antonio Spurs|
Team USA scrimmage schedule
|USA White vs. USA Blue||Aug. 9||10 p.m. ET|
|USA vs. Spain||Aug. 16||10 p.m. ET|
|USA vs. Australia||Aug. 22||5:30 a.m. ET|
|USA vs. Australia||Aug. 24||Midnight ET|
|USA vs. Canada||Aug. 26||5:30 a.m. ET|
Team USA schedule for 2019 FIBA World Cup
|USA vs. Czech Republic||Sept. 1||8:30 a.m. ET|
|USA vs. Turkey||Sept. 3||8:30 a.m. ET|
|USA vs. Japan||Sept. 5||8:30 a.m. ET|
|Second round||Sept. 6-9||TBD|