The Basketball World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events governed by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The tournament is held every four years and features some of the best men’s national basketball teams competing for the Naismith Trophy.
Although not identical, the FIBA basketball structure works similarly to the FIFA World Cup, and both tournaments used to take place in the same years since 1970 through 2014. However, starting from 2019, the FIBA World Cup will move to the year following the soccer world cup, meanwhile, the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup will continue to be held in the same year.
There’s also more to the 2019 format than that and that’s what we will be discussing in this guide. More so, you will find the best FIBA World Cup sportsbooks to bet on your favourite teams. Our industry experts will also walk you through the FIBA Basketball World Cup odds available for qualifying teams and answer common questions asked about the FIBA Basketball World Cup. Start learning with our quick guide below!
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FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP 2019 OVERVIEW
The 2019 FIBA Basketball Championship will be the 18th tournament and first of its kind to not occur in the same year as the soccer world cup. It will be hosted in China and will see 32 teams instead of 24 teams contesting in the group stage. The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will also act as a qualification for the 2020 Summer Olympics (also the first time for 3×3 basketball to be introduced as an Olympic sport). The tournament will last for 16 days with 92 games. Below are the dates for the 2019 basketball world cup:
- Group Phase – Aug 31, 2019
- Final Phase – Sep 10, 2019
- Championship Final – Sep 15, 2019
BEST BASKETBALL WORLD CUP ODDS
Before the basketball world cup even begins, the top oddsmakers have FIBA World Cup odds set already. You can wager on the qualifications, playoffs and World Cup final. For the 2019 FIBA tournament, the USA basketball is highly favoured ranking at #1, followed by Serbia, Spain, France, Greece and Australia.
Meanwhile, Nigeria has the worst odds of winning. More so, CA bettors have a vast selection of betting markets to bet on. You will find money lines, point spreads, over/under wagers, props and futures for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. You can learn more about the markets and find examples on our comprehensive Basketball Betting Guide.
FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION
A total of 80 teams from four regions (Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe) will be playing in the 2019 FIBA Basketball qualifiers. That is; 16 teams each for Africa, America and Asia then 32 European qualifiers. For the 2019 FIBA World Cup, China automatically qualified as the host country. Other FIBA 2019 qualifying teams include:
- Asia – 7+ teams
- Africa – 5+ teams
- Americas – 7+
- Europe – 12+ teams
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FAQS
Below are frequently asked questions and answers about the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Why is FIBA World Cup in 2019?
The FIBA World Cup was rescheduled from 2018 to 2019. It won’t be held concurrently with the FIFA World Cup like it used to. This new format means FIBA Basketball World Cup will be hosted the year following the soccer world cup.
How many teams are in the 2019 FIBA World Cup?
There are 32 teams in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Does China participate in the World Cup?
Yes. China qualified for the 2019 FIBA World Cup as the host country.
Will NBA players play in FIBA World Cup?
Yes. They make the bulk of most squads.
Who has won the most FIBA World Cups?
The United States of America with 5 gold medals, 3 silver, 4 bronze medals. They have an overall record of 123-7 in the World Cup tournament.