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International Basketball Federation (FIBA)
Fédération Internationale de Basketball
International Basketball Federation logo.svg
PredecessorInternational Amateur Handball Federation
Formation18 June 1932
Founded atGeneva, Switzerland
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersMies, Switzerland
Region served
213 national federations
Official languages
English, French[1]
Hamane Niang
Secretary General
Andreas Zagklis[2]
Key people
Borislav Stankovi?
George Vassilakopoulos
Manfred Ströher

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA FEE-b?; French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs the sport of basketball worldwide. Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the word amateur from its name but retained the acronym; the "BA" now represents the first two letters of basketball.

FIBA defines the rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, organises international competitions, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. A total of 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

FIBA organizes both the men's and women's FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the Summer Olympics Basketball Tournament, which are sanctioned by the IOC.[3] The FIBA Basketball World Cup is a world tournament for men's national teams held every four years. Teams compete for the Naismith Trophy, named in honor of basketball's American-Canadian creator James Naismith. The tournament structure is similar but not identical to that of the FIFA World Cup in football; these tournaments occurred in the same year from 1970 through 2014, but starting in 2019, the Basketball World Cup will move to the year following the FIFA World Cup. A parallel event for women's teams, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup, is also held quadrennially; from 1986 through 2014, it was held in the same year as the men's event but in a different country.


FIBA divides the world into 5 commissions, each roughly based on a continent.
FIBA in Mies.

The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Before 1934 basketball was under the umbrella of the International Amateur Handball Federation. Its original name was Fédération internationale de basket-ball amateur. The eight nation's basketball federations that were the founding members of FIBA were: Argentina's Basketball Federation, Czechoslovakia's Basketball Federation, Greece's Basketball Federation, Italy's Basketball Federation, Latvia's Basketball Federation, Portugal's Basketball Federation, Romania's Basketball Federation, and Switzerland's Basketball Federation. During the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, the Federation named James Naismith (1861-1939), the founder of basketball, as its Honorary President.

FIBA has organized a World Championship, now known as World Cup, for men since 1950 and a Women's World Championship, now known as the Women's World Cup, since 1953. From 1986 through 2014, both events were held every four years, alternating with the Olympics. As noted above, the men's World Cup was moved to a new four-year cycle, with tournaments in the year before the Summer Olympics, after 2014.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002. In 1991, it founded the FIBA Hall of Fame; the first induction ceremony was held on 12 September 2007, during EuroBasket 2007. During its 81st anniversary in 2013, FIBA moved into its new headquarters, "The House of Basketball", at Mies. Andreas Zagklis became the Secretary General of FIBA, on 7 December 2018.


Years Name[4]
1932-1948 Switzerland Leon Bouffard
1948-1960 United States Willard Greim
1960-1968 Brazil Antonio dos Reis Carneiro
1968-1976 Egypt Abdel Moneim Wahby
1976-1984 Philippines Gonzalo Puyat II
1984-1990 France Robert Busnel
1990-1998 United States George E. Killian
1998-2002 Senegal Abdoulaye Seye Moreau
2002-2006 China (Hong Kong) Carl Ching Men-ky (in Chinese)
2006-2010 Australia Robert Elphinston
2010-2014 France Yvan Mainini
2014-2019 Argentina Horacio Muratore
2019-present Mali Hamane Niang

Honorary President

During the 1936 Summer Olympics the FIBA honored James A. Naismith, the founder of basketball, as their honorary President.[5]

Secretaries General

Years Name
1932-1976 United Kingdom Renato William Jones
1976-2003 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Serbia and Montenegro Borislav Stankovi?
2003-2018 Switzerland Patrick Baumann
2018-present Greece Andreas Zagklis


World champions

World club champions

Continental champions

Continental Club Champions

  • FIBA Oceania no longer conducts senior-level championships for either sex. Since 2017, that region's members have competed for FIBA Asia senior championships. FIBA Oceania continues to hold age-grade championships.

3x3 world champions


Most Valuable Player

FIBA World Rankings



  1. ^ 2014 General Statutes of FIBA, Article 47.1
  2. ^ "FIBA Central Board appoints Andreas Zagklis as Secretary General".
  3. ^ Presentation.
  4. ^ "President of FIBA". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "History". FIBA. Archived from the original on 4 May 2020. Retrieved 2020.

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