FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Groups, Format And Teams: Everything needed to know before the imminent 18th edition of the Basketball World Cup, ranging from the group composition, teams, format to the newest changes in the showpiece tournament
We have had to engage in an arduous wait for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup but the much awaited marquee tournament is all set to open its arms starting today. The 18th edition of the league will be seeing a record 32 countries partaking in the tournament, a narrative which promises to escalate the level of competition and dish our way intriguing clashes.
Starting 31 August, the tournament which is slated to bring down its curtains on 15 September will see a momentous 92 matches being contested in 16 days, seeing the 32 countries spread out into eight groups of four apiece. A slew of international star performers will be adding to the intrigue of the premier tournament with a total of 50 NBA players plying their skill set.
Ahead of the Basketball World Cup 2019, we take a look at the new look format of the tournament alone with the divisions of the eight groups and dwell into the 32 countries partaking.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 All 8 Groups: Groups A-H
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
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Format
Group Stage First Round, August 31-5 September
A total of 6 games will be contested per game, taking to tally to 48 games in the first round of the group stage encounters with each side playing against its three counterparts in each group. The top two sides will progress into the ensuing second phase while the bottom two sides will drop down into the Classification Round.
Made up of the bottom two sides from each group, the 16 sides will be competing for a shot at the 17-32 places in the tournament.
Group Stage Round 2, September 6-9
The top two sides from each of the eight groups will be segment into four groups of four each with side playing against the two teams in their group they didn’t square off against in the first round. A total of two games will be played by each side with ever group seeing four games being contested taking the total to 16 games for this round.
The top two sides from every group will progress into the ensuing quarter-finals while the bottom two sides will be ranked 9-16 according to the basketball rules imbedded.
Quarter-Finals, 10-11 September
Quarter-Final 1: Group I Winner Vs Group J 2nd Place
Quarter-Final 2: Group J Winner Vs Group I 2nd Place
Quarter-Final 3: Group K Winner Vs Group L Second Place
Quarter-Final 4: Group L Winner Vs Group K Second Place
The loser of the quarter-finals will play the classification round for places 5-8.
Semi-Finals, September 13
Semi-Final 1: Winner Of Quarter-Final 81 Vs Winner Of Quarter-Final 83
Semi-Final 2: Winner Of Quarter-Final 82 Vs Winner Of Quarter-Final 84
Third Place Match
FIBA Basketball World Cup Teams
The qualification process which began in 2017 saw a total of 32 teams maraud their way into the frontier tournament with the most coming from Europe which sees 12 participants. 12 countries come in from the Asian region, the 7 come from the Americas with Africa seeing five countries partaking in the tournament.
All 32 Countries
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portico Rico, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey, USA and Venezuela.
FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Venues
The World Cup to be played in China will be spread out across 8 cities in the country with Beijing, Foshan, Wuhan, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Guangzhou all playing host to the exhibition tournament.