Qualify to the Fiba Basketball World Cup

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Apparently, World Cups aren't just for football anymore. The international basketball governing body FIBA has since changed the World Basketball Championships to become the FIBA Basketball World Cup. But regardless of the name, the event will still feature the best basketball nations in the world.

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And for a country to get a ticket to the prestigious sporting event, it will need to undergo a rigorous qualification phase. This article details just that.

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Automatic Qualification

Countries can automatically qualify to the Basketball World Cup by satisfying any of the two qualifications highlighted below.

Secure the Hosting Rights. The host country is automatically given a berth in the competition. This could be the easiest route to the World Cup for big and economically capable countries.
Win the Gold Medal in the last Olympic Games. The country who tops the basketball competition in the recent Olympics also gets an automatic berth.

Competition-Based Qualification

The road to the World Cup vary from region to region. FIBA lists 5 international zones namely: Asia, Oceania, Africa, Europe and America. The qualification format for each of these zones may not be the same due to the difference in the number of participating countries per zone. The succeeding sections detail the steps for qualifying to the World Cup per zone.

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Asia

Win in the Sub Zone Qualification Tournament. FIBA Asia is subdivided into six sub zones namely: East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Gulf, and Central Asia. Each sub zones will be given a specific number of slots to the Fiba Asia Championships. The countries within each sub zones will compete for the available spots through a sub zone qualification tournament prior to the Fiba Asia Championships.
Finish at the Top Three of Fiba Asia Championships. FIBA Asia Championships is the main and final qualifying tournament for Asian teams to qualify into the World Cup. FIBA allots three World Cup slots for Asia, so a country needs at least a podium finish in order to qualify to the worlds.

Oceania

Two slots are allotted for the Oceania region in the Basketball World Cup. Since 1971, these slots are virtually secured by Australia and New Zealand all the time. The main reason is that throughout the existence of FIBA competition in the region, there were only four instances wherein three countries participated in the event.

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Finish at the Top Two of Fiba Oceania Championships

Africa

Win in the Sub Zone Qualification Tournament. FIBA Africa is subdivided into seven sub zones. Each sub zones will be given a specific number of slots to the Fiba Africa Championships (Afrobasket). The countries within each sub zones will compete for the available spots through a sub zone qualification tournament prior to the Afrobasket competition.
Finish at the Top Three of Fiba Africa Championships. FIBA Africa Championships is the main and final qualifying tournament for African teams to qualify into the World Cup. FIBA allots three World Cup slots for Africa, so a country needs at least a podium finish in order to qualify to the worlds.

America

Win in the Sub Zone Qualification Tournament. FIBA Americas is subdivided into three sub zones. Each sub zones will be given a specific number of slots to the Fiba Americas Championships. The countries within each sub zones will compete for the available spots through a sub zone qualification tournament prior to the FIBA Americas Championships.
Finish at the Top Four of Fiba Americas Championships. FIBA Americas Championships is the main and final qualifying tournament for American teams to qualify into the World Cup. FIBA allots four World Cup slots for the Americas, so a country needs to finish at least top four to qualify to the worlds.

Europe

Win in the Qualification Tournament. Unlike in the other regions, FIBA Europe does not have sub zones. Instead the countries are seeded into six "pots" based on FIBA's criteria. After the pots are decided, a draw is held to determine the final groupings of the countries. Countries which belong in the same pot will not be drawn together.
The Top 2 teams in each group automatically qualify to the FIBA Europe Championships (EuroBasket).
The 4 Best Third Placers among all the groups combined also book a ticket to the EuroBasket.
Finish at the Top Six of EuroBasket. The EuroBasket is the main and final qualifying tournament for European teams to qualify into the World Cup. FIBA allots 6 World Cup slots for Europe.

List of countries that have a ticket in FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014

For the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, there are 24 teams that will take part and these teams are:

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    Europe teams -- France, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Serbia and Spain {
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    Ocenia teams -- New Zealand and Australia
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    Africa teams -- Angola, Egypt and Senegal
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    Asia teams -- Iran, Philippines and Korea
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    America teams -- Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Dominican Republic and United States of America
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    Four wild cards (invited teams)
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Although Spain is not one of the top six teams, it qualifies as a host country. The United States qualifies too, as a gold medalist team from the previous Olympic Games.

Why six slots are given to Europe FIBA and three for Asia?

Because Europe Fiba typically has stronger teams, and they also have more qualifying teams, they are given more slots. Europe has a total of 31 qualifying teams, while Asia Fiba has only 25.

Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Barring any major changes, FIBA is set to totally renew the format of FIBA Basketball World Cup after the 2014 edition.
  • The slots allotted for each region may change per competition cycle depending on FIBA's judgement.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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