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FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the world governing body for basketball.

Founded by eight nations in 1932, we now bring together 212 National Basketball Federations from all over the world.

A non-profit making organization, our mission is to develop and promote the game of basketball, uniting the wider basketball community, which counts more than 450 million players and fans.

We organize and oversee international competitions including the World Cup, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

We establish the Official Basketball Rules as well as the regulations that govern the relationships between the different members of the basketball community.

FIBA is the only authority in basketball recognized by the .

FIBA's headquarters, the House of Basketball, is situated in Mies, Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva.

FIBA has five Regional Offices to provide direct services to the National Member Federations:

  • FIBA's activities include but are not limited to:

    • Establishing, updating and amending the Official Basketball Rules
    • Establishing the specifications for basketball equipment and facilities
    • Establishing all regulations for international and Olympic competitions, including the system of competition
    • Appointing international referees
    • Regulating the transfer of players from one country to another
    • Governing and overseeing the organization of all international competitions

    DOWNLOAD FIBA Mid-Term Activity Report 2019-2021 - FIBA Mid-Term Congress (Online|June 3, 2021)
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2017-2019 - XXI FIBA Congress (Beijing|August 29-30, 2019).
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2014-2017 - FIBA World Congress (Hong Kong|May 4-5, 2017).
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2010-2014 - FIBA World Congress (Sevilla|August 28-29, 2014).

  • FIBA

    212 National Member Federations

    5 Regional Offices on 5 continents

    9 major global competitions (3x3 and 5on5), including World Cup and Olympic Games and FIBA 3x3 World Cups and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour

    Global headquarters in Mies, Switzerland

    71.5 full-time staff at the global headquarters

    100.3 full-time regional staff (FIBA Regional Offices)

    Referee and coaching course all-year-round, all around the world

    Development programs and infrastructure support


    Young, fast, modern and exciting

    Played in the world's biggest arenas but also in playgrounds, parks and the most remote areas of the planet

    Played five against five, three on three and just about any other format imaginable

    A study carried out in 2007 indicated there is an estimated 450 million basketball players worldwide

    The world's second most popular team sport

    The most watched team sport at the Olympic Games World Cup

    FIBA's flagship competition World Cup 2019 was held in China across 8 host cities - Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou
    32 teams and 92 games made it the biggest World Cup to date 
    794,951 overall attendance of spectators 
    18,000 spectators at USA vs Japan and USA vs Turkey in Shanghai
    1.5 billion video views on social media
    3 billion + TV audience reach for the event 

    FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 was staged in Sydney, Australia for its 19th edition 
    12 best teams from across FIBA's regions competed over 10 days 
    1.1 billion impressions and 14 million engagements across global social platforms, five times more than in 2018
    1.5 million fans visited the event website, almost doubling the peak audience from 2018  
    7 times more video views compared to the previous World Cup with half a billion video views
    145,000 spectators also meant the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 had the highest attendance ever