How to qualify
National federations are in charge of selecting national teams. But how do they qualify for the top national team competitions such as the FIBA 3x3 World Cup (Open, U23 and U18) and the Olympic Games?
Hosting the FIBA 3x3 World Cup is obviously the safest way to qualify. The other teams earn their ticket because:
- they are the reigning champions or
- they have won a Zone Cup on the previous year (or next best in the standings if the winners are hosts and/or World Cup reigning champs) or
- they have qualified directly based on the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking or
- they have qualified through the World Cup Qualifier.
This ranking is calculated by adding up the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking points of the Top 25 nationals with a confirmed play.fiba3x3.com account.
As a result a national federation can boost its ranking as follows:
- Maximize the individual points earned by their Top 25 national players by allowing them to play frequently in high-level FIBA 3x3 events, such as the FIBA 3x3 World Tour
- Ensure the highest ranked players have a fully confirmed play.fiba3x3.com account
Participation in National Team competitions is only open to national federations which are e-learning certified with a minimum of 3 FIBA-endorsed events held in their territory in the last 12 months prior to the established cut-off date.
As for the eligibility of the players, they must have the appropriate age for youth competitions, a valid passport of the National Federation country since before 1st of January of the calendar year prior to the competition and must not have played for another National Federation in any other FIBA competition (unless accepted by FIBA at NF request). In other words, a player cannot represent 'Nation A' in a 5x5 competition and 'Nation B' in a 3x3 competition.
In case of qualification, National Federations must register the athletes directly on a digital platform called the FIBA 3x3 Backend.