2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup

FIBA World Cup 2019

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.


  1. First Round (Group Phase): Aug. 31 – Sept. 5
  2. Second Round (Group Phase): Sept. 6 – 9
  3. Quarterfinals: Sept. 10 – 11
  4. Semifinals: Sept. 13
  5. Final: Sept. 15

Competition System

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

All Team

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

Competition Details

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

  1. Tunisia
  2. Nigeria
  3. Angola
  4. Senegal
  5. Cote d’Ivoire

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers

  1. Greece
  2. Germany
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Lithuania
  5. France
  6. Spain
  7. Turkey
  8. Italy
  9. Russia
  10. Serbia
  11. Montenegro
  12. Poland

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

  1. China
  2. Australia
  3. Korea
  4. New Zealand
  5. Iran
  6. Japan
  7. Jordan
  8. Philippines

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers

  • Argentina
  • Venezuela
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Rico

FIBA World Cup History

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2014 USA Serbia France
2010 USA Turkey Lithuania
2006 Spain Greece USA
2002 Yugoslavia Argentina Germany
1998 Yugoslavia Russia USA
1994 USA Russia Croatia
1990 Yugoslavia Soviet Union USA
1986 USA Soviet Union Yugoslavia
1982 Soviet Union USA Yugoslavia
1978 Yugoslavia Soviet Union Brazil
1974 Soviet Union Yugoslavia USA
1970 Yugoslavia Brazil Soviet Union
1967 Soviet Union Yugoslavia Brazil
1963 Brazil Yugoslavia Soviet Union
1959 Brazil USA Chile
1954 USA Brazil Phillippines
1950 Argentina USA Chile

Big Question

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

USA Team
Player Position NBA Team
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

Matchup Date Time
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

Matchup Date Time
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
Quarterfinals Sept. 10-11 TBD
Semifinals Sept. 13 TBD
Finals Sept. 15 TBD

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