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USA First Round FIBA World Cup Qualifiers Opponents Announced

  • Date:
    May 7, 2017


FIBA (International Basketball Federation) conducted on May 7 in Guangzhou, China, the draws for the 80-nation FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments, and the USA men were drawn into the Americas Qualifier preliminary round Group C with Puerto Rico, Mexico and Cuba. The ceremony consisted of four regional draws encompassing FIBA's Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe regions.

The United States is scheduled to open play facing Puerto Rico in Puerto Rico on Nov. 23, 2017, and then the USA will host Mexico on Nov. 26, 2017.  The second preliminary round window features the USA playing home games against Cuba on Feb. 23, 2018, and versus Puerto Rico on Feb. 26, 2018.  The third and final preliminary round window sees the USA play on the road versus Mexico on June 28, 2018, and against Cuba on July 1, 2018 (the full Americas World Cup Qualifying schedule is available at http://www.fiba.com/basketballworldcup/2019/americas-qualifiers/groups)

Players selected to represent the USA in the World Cup Qualifying games are expected to primarily be from the NBA Development League, and will be selected by the USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Qualifying Team Committee.

Featuring 16 national teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America, the FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournament for the Americas zone features four preliminary round groups, each group consists of four teams.

In addition to Group C, the composition of the three other Americas qualifying groups are:
Group A:  Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Panama
Group B:  Venezuela, Chile, TBA, Colombia
Group D:  U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, Bahamas, Dominican Republic 

Under FIBA’s new competition format, the next FIBA Basketball World Cup will be played in 2019 and then held every four years. A total of 80 national teams from FIBA’s four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia (which now includes Oceania) and Europe will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Qualifiers over 15 months looking to earn a qualifying berth in the 32-team World Cup competition that will be held   Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China. The 32 qualifying teams will be divided into eight preliminary groups consisting of four teams each. All told, 92 World Cup games will be played over 16 days.

FIBA’s new competition and qualifying system starts in November 2017 and under the new qualifying format, national teams were drawn into four-team preliminary round groups and will play home and away games within their zone to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and the FIBA Continental Cups 2021.

Two games per window will be played and a total of six windows will be held to qualify teams for the 2019 World Cup. Each competition window is nine days. The first-round competition windows dates are:    Nov, 20-28, 2017; Feb. 19-27, 2018; and June 25-July 3, 2018; while the second-round dates are set for August 30-Sept. 8, 2018; Nov. 26-Dec. 4, 2018; and Feb. 18-26, 2019.

Each FIBA zone will qualify a set number of teams for the 2019 World Cup based on their finish in the qualifiers. The top five finishing teams in Africa; the top seven placing teams in the Americas, the top seven finishing teams plus host China in the Asia zone; and the top 12 finishing teams from Europe will qualify for the 2019 World Cup.

Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will then qualify seven teams for the 12-nation 2020 Olympic Tokyo Games.  The seven qualifying berths for the 2020 Olympics have been designated for the top Africa zone finisher, and the top two Americas zone finishers, the top Asia zone finisher, the top two European zone finishers and the top Oceania finishing team qualify. Japan earns an automatic qualifying berth as the host country, and the remaining four Olympic berths will be determined through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in 2020.

USA National Teams currently are the three-time defending Olympic champions (2008, 2012, 2016) and two-time FIBA World Cup champs (2010, 2014).

About USA Basketball
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Basketball, chaired by ret. General Martin E. Dempsey, is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety.

USA Basketball men’s and women’s teams between 2012-15 compiled a spectacular 151-6 win-loss record in FIBA and FIBA Americas competitions, the World University Games and the Nike Hoop Summit, and posted a 92-15 win-loss record in official FIBA and FIBA Americas 3x3 competitions.

USA teams are the current men’s and women’s champions in the Olympics; men’s FIBA World Cup and women’s FIBA World Championship; men’s and women’s FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men’s and women’s FIBA Americas U18 championships; men’s FIBA Americas U16 Championship; the FIBA 3x3 Women’s World Championship; and the women’s Youth Olympic Games. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA’s world-ranking categories, including combined, men’s, women’s, boys and girls.

For further information about USA Basketball, connect with us on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball, instagram.com/usabasketball and youtube.com/usab.

About FIBA
FIBA (fiba.com), the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

For further information about FIBA, visit www.fiba.com or follow FIBA on facebook.com/fiba, twitter.com/fiba, instagram.com/fiba and youtube.com/fiba.

2017-19 FIBA World Cup Americas Qualifying Groups

GROUP A      GROUP B      GROUP C      GROUP D       
Uruguay             Venezuela        Mexico           U.S. Virgin Islands
Argentina           Chile                Puerto Rico     Canada
Paraguay            TBA                 USA                Bahamas
Panama              Colombia         Cuba               Dominican Republic           

The top three finishing teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the second round to form two groups of six teams.  The top three finishing teams in the two second round groups and the best fourth place team will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

2017-19 FIBA World Cup Africa Qualifying Groups

GROUP A      GROUP B      GROUP C      GROUP D       
Guinea             Uganda            D. R. Congo       Senegal
South Africa     Rwanda           Angola               Mozambique
Cameroon        Mali                 Morocco             Côte d'Ivoire
Tunisia             Nigeria             Egypt                TBA           

The top three finishing teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the second round to form two groups of six teams.  The top two finishing teams in the two second round groups and the best third place team will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

2017-19 FIBA World Cup Asia Qualifying Groups

GROUP A      GROUP B      GROUP C       GROUP D      
China               Japan                Syria                 Iraq
New Zealand   Taiwan              Lebanon           Qatar
South Korea     Australia           India                Kazakhstan
Hong Kong        Philippines        Jordan             Iran     

The top three finishing teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the second round to form two groups of six teams.  The top three finishing teams in the two second round groups and the best fourth place team will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

2017-19 FIBA World Cup European Qualifying Groups

GROUP A      GROUP B      GROUP C      GROUP D       
Montenegro       X1                   Poland              Italy
Slovenia            Turkey              X2                    X1
X2                    Latvia               Lithuania          Croatia
Spain                Ukraine             Hungary           Romania                                           

GROUP E      GROUP F      GROUP G      GROUP H       
X2                  X1                      Germany          Israel
Belgium          Czech Rep.        Serbia              Great Britain  
France            Iceland              X2                    Greece
Russia             Finland             Georgia             X1

The top three finishing teams in each preliminary round group will advance to the second round to form four groups of six teams.  The top three finishing teams in each of the four second round groups will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Teams designated X1 and X2 will be determined through European qualifying tournaments to be concluded in October 2017.


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