Host a FIBA event

Hosting International basketball events is something FIBA takes very seriously and cares passionately about.

Basketball is the most popular indoor sport and the second biggest team sport in the world, played and watched by millions of people and popular with both men and women, particularly among those aged 16-34. It is one of the fastest and most athletic of all sports, it is compelling, vibrant and modern, it promotes fair play, team spirit and healthy lifestyles.

Basketball has an extraordinary reach. Not just in its ability to connect with consumers in all of the world’s key markets, but in the way it cuts through social boundaries to touch all sections of modern society. Basketball acts as an agent of social change, for community development, for transforming lives.

Basketball speaks to us all, and works for us all as well. Through the hosting process, FIBA is looking for hosts who share the passion for promoting and developing basketball and are committed to using this sport to unite the community.

Close collaboration between the National Federation and cities hosting the event and FIBA is a must for success. Promotion and communications plans for the event are developed and approved by both FIBA and the Host.

  • Winning the right to host a FIBA event will deliver real benefits for the host country and cities on a sporting, financial, promotional and social level.

    As well as creating economic impact through visitor spend and commercial rights allocations, the media reach of FIBA events makes them valuable place branding and destination marketing tools.

    FIBA is committed to ensuring that it's National Federation Members reach the full extent of their growth potential in the coming years. This will give many of them the opportunity to be potential bidders to a FIBA event to the extent of their hosting capabilities, depending on the scale of the event.

    All FIBA events provide a great opportunity to develop the game and will help showcase the best teams in different age and gender groups, providing a platform for the achievement of wider social goals and ensuring a legacy plan.

    Some of the benefits for the event host, highlighted by case studies following FIBA events, include:

    Economic benefits
    • Economic impact and return on investment
    • Place branding on a global scale (advertising and sponsorship values)
    • Revenues opportunities (sale of tickets, hospitality, sponsorship packages and local broadcast rights)
    • Auxiliary events potential (associated events with economic value)
    Sporting benefits
    • Inspirational guests (the stars of the sport)
    • Legacy of basketball participation (involvement of fans and community)
    • Accelerated development of elite programs
    Social benefits
    • Support of wider strategic goals
    • Social responsibility campaigns (social, environmental and health)
    • “Green events”
    Organizational Development benefits
    • Reputation and experience building in major event hosting (between NFs and public sector for example)
    • Partnership working and knowledge transfer
  • FIBA is committed to ensuring the assessment and evaluation of all host candidates is transparent to all parties involved, taking into account qualitative and quantitative matters and all relevant aspects.

    The FIBA Central Board has the exclusive right and authority to decide on the host of FIBA competitions.

    A number of assessment and evaluation criteria are taken into account by FIBA, including but not limited to:

    1.Organisational factors FIBA will ensure that a competition organized under its auspices will be successfully hosted and that FIBA is represented impartially.

    FIBA will assess the Host’s ability to stage a championship that will bring prestige and credit to the host country and FIBA.

    The Host must provide top-quality championship venues that meet or exceed all of FIBA’s minimum requirements.
    2. Commercial factors FIBA will assess the National Federation’s ability to gain private and public sector financial support for its hosting of the event.
    3. Spectator attendance Baseline figures for Group Phase and Final Phase seats will be established for each event.

    Potential hosts are welcome to demonstrate larger individual capacity plans that can grow the power and potential of the event.

    FIBA will assess the Host’s plans to ensure full arenas.
    4. Sporting legacy FIBA is committed to promoting and developing basketball throughout the world.

    Organizing a youth event, for example, provides a perfect opportunity to support this goal, especially among younger generations.

    FIBA will assess the Host’s long-term objectives and its plans to develop and deliver long-lasting sporting legacy.
    5. Public sector guarantees The staging of any FIBA event requires guarantees in terms if the availability of finances, logistics, arenas and sport facilities.

    The candidate National Federation must secure these guarantees by obtaining strong support from the government and/or regional/city authorities.

    Together with its candidacy, the National Federation bidding must submit a declaration from the national/regional/city government providing guarantees of all the commitments proposed and contained in the bid and FIBA’s minimum requirements.