Since it was founded in 1932, FIBA has achieved a lot and seen strong development in all areas of basketball. Now the time has come to take the step to the next level in order to see our sport reach new heights.
A consistent strategy with clear objectives and an explicit road map for implementation to achieve these goals has been set out for the period 2014-2019.
We have defined the values that represent the core merits of basketball and, along with a clear vision for our sport, those will now guide us through all of our activities.
FIBA's mission has been extended to include the unifying of the community, along with the promotion and development of our sport.
In order to keep track of what we want to achieve, FIBA has identified 10 strategic objectives that will guide the entire organisation and its members over the coming years as well as four strategic pillars of development:
- New Calendar and Competition System as of 2017
- 3x3 Basketball
- New Governance
- National Member Federations Development
- To make basketball more popular, we develop and promote the game
- To create one basketball community, we bring people together and unite
- We develop and promote the game of basketball, bring people together and unite the community
- With a perspective on basketball, we intend to be one community
- In comparison with other sports, we want basketball to be the most popular
- BASKETBALL IS THE MOST POPULAR SPORTS COMMUNITY
Basketball and FIBA are united through common values
- EXCITING - Captivating
- SMART - Skillful, well structured, precise and transparent
- PROGRESSIVE - Dynamic, pro-active and driving change
- OPEN - To everybody everywhere, prestigious and credible
- RESPONSIBLE - Fair-play, ethical and socially responsible
- TOGETHER - Strong individuals cooperating as a strong team
New calendar and competition system
The new FIBA calendar and competition system from 2017 onward opens a new era for basketball all over the world:
- Two-year qualification period for the FIBA Basketball World Cup with six windows (November, February, June, September, November and June);
- More than 140 teams playing home and away games to be among the 32 qualified teams for the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2019, 2023,…);
- Qualification for Olympic Games achieved through FIBA Basketball World Cup and Olympic Qualifying Tournaments;
- The Continental Cups will follow a four-year cycle (2021, 2025,…) with a similar qualification system (with windows).
The new competition system will offer a unique opportunity for new countries and players to emerge through regular official games, playing in front of their home fans.
Regular visibility of the national teams throughout the year will bring increased media exposure and promotion, creating synergies with club competitions and enhancing the commercial potential of basketball.
For more information: fiba.com/calendar2017
3x3 basketball - FIBA's urban discipline
With over 250 million players worldwide and ranked among the most played recreational sports on the planet, 3x3 basketball is the #1 urban team sport and a key motor for the development of basketball.
Beyond ensuring a sustained growth in the number of basketball players, FIBA has created a worldwide sports community through a network of hundreds of organisers, thousands of tournaments and millions of players.
The online community 3x3planet.com interconnects all of these thanks to the latest digital technology. It allows players to team up and organise pick-up games with others nearby as well as register for tournaments and record results of their games.
A global network of open tournaments, from grassroots to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, and National Team FIBA 3x3 World Championships are at the forefront of the development of 3x3 basketball, with the discipline already setting its sights on gaining Olympic status.
For more information: fiba.com/3x3
The new approach to governance will help realise FIBA’s vision of making basketball the most popular sports community.
In 2014, the FIBA Congress voted in favour of the following key amendments:
- Congress directly elects Central Board members, which include representatives of the NBA and players;
- Establish an Executive Committee to increase flexibility and efficiency in the decision-making process;
- Transform Zone Offices into extended arms of FIBA in the regions in order to provide more direct services to the National Member Federations;
- Zone bodies create regional development strategies within the global FIBA framework and award the regional events to the National Member Federations.
Based on clear business cases, FIBA might implement "Development/Marketing" Representative Offices in various strategic countries/regions.
National member federations development
FIBA supports its National Member Federations through different initiatives:
- The National Federations Manual assists each National Member Federation in everyday operations;
- The FIBA Academy Manager's programme provides a basketball-specific online learning programme;
- Fundraising for specific development projects in collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) through Olympic Solidarity Programmes;
- Young talents development programme through Basketball without Borders (BWB), a joint FIBA/NBA project;
- Coaching development programmes through the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC);
- Development Plan for Referees, in cooperation with the NBA.
In view of 2017 and the new competitition system, FIBA defined further global concepts that will be implemented locally through the Regional Offices in order to:
- Cater to the different levels of maturity and development of the members, provide tailor-made services enabling them to reach the full extent of their growth potential;
- Ensure that as many National Member Federations as possible are ready to compete at the highest level and field teams in the qualification process of flagship events;
- Launch a global data management programme allowing clear measurements of basketball stakeholders and progress;
- Social, humanitarian and educational programmes through the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) to less developed National Member Federations.