MIES (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - FIBA's Central Board will convene for the first time in 2014 this coming weekend, 1-2 February, in Barcelona, Spain and one of its main orders of business will be to decide who will be granted the four wild cards to complete the 24-team line-up at this summer's FIBA Basketball World Cup.
On Saturday 1 February, the Central Board will make its decision and announce the four national teams that will receive the wild cards and complete the line-up for its flagship event, which will take place in Spain from 30 August to 14 September 2014.
Following the board's decision, the Official Draw of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place on Monday 3 February. The 24 teams will be drawn in four Preliminary Round groups of six teams each. Those games will be played in the cities of Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada and Seville. The Final Round will then be staged in Barcelona and Madrid.
Fifteen national teams from across four FIBA zones met the 30 October 2013 deadline to submit their applications for the wild cards to complete the line-up for Spain 2014.
They are: Bosnia and Herzegovina (#57 in the FIBA Ranking Men), Brazil (#10), Canada (#25), China (#12), Finland (#39), Germany (#14), Greece (#5), Israel (#37), Italy (#21), Nigeria (#18), Poland (#40), Qatar (#42), Russia (#6), Turkey (#7) and Venezuela (#28).
The Central Board will look at 14 candidacies following Italy's decision to withdraw.
As communicated to all national federations, the wild cards are made to ensure that FIBA has the teams which enable it to have the best possible FIBA Basketball World Cup. The results and final classification of the applicants at the qualifying tournaments - their respective 2013 continental championships - is therefore not decisive and more importance is given to their performances over the last few years, which are reflected in their places inside the FIBA Ranking Men.
The decision on which national teams will receive these wild cards will be made taking into consideration the following criteria:
Sporting and Promotional Aspects
- The popularity of basketball in the country
- The quality and sporting results of the national teams of the country
- The hosting or bidding for hosting of past FIBA events
- The impact of a participation at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the country in view of the country’s basketball development
- The commitment of the best players from the country to participate at the FIBA Basketball World Cup
- The involvement of local television and corporate sector in the domestic and international basketball competitions
- The importance of the country’s market to FIBA’s commercial partners
- The importance of the country to the Organisers of the FIBA Basketball World Cup
- Compliance with the Internal Regulations and General Statutes of FIBA
- The quality of the work of the National Federation
- Governmental support to the National Federation
- Participation in FIBA and/or FIBA Zone activities, commissions, etc...
National federations applying to have their national team considered for a wild card can make a donation. Each national federation is free to decide the amount to be donated. The amounts collected will be used for the worldwide promotion of basketball through FIBA's International Basketball Foundation (IBF).
The 2014 FIBA Baskebtall World Cup will mark the last time that a system of attribution of wild cards is called into play.
Under its new system of competition and calendar which comes into effect in 2017, FIBA will ensure that the best teams qualify for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup over the course of a qualification phase taking place over 18 months.
Go to www.fiba.com/spain2014 to find out all about the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.