FIBA, the International Basketball Federation, is the world governing body for basketball.

Founded by eight nations in 1932, we now bring together 212 National Basketball Federations from all over the world.

A non-profit making organization, our mission is to develop and promote the game of basketball, uniting the wider basketball community, which counts more than 450 million players and fans.

We organize and oversee international competitions including the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup and the Olympic Basketball Tournaments.

We establish the Official Basketball Rules as well as the regulations that govern the relationships between the different members of the basketball community.

FIBA is the only authority in basketball recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

FIBA's headquarters, the House of Basketball, is situated in Mies, Switzerland on the shores of Lake Geneva.

FIBA has five Regional Offices to provide direct services to the National Member Federations:

  • FIBA

    212 National Member Federations

    5 Regional Offices on 5 continents

    9 major global competitions (3x3 and basketball), including FIBA Basketball World Cup and Olympic Games and FIBA 3x3 World Cups and the FIBA 3x3 World Tour

    Global headquarters in Mies, Switzerland

    190 full-time staff across the world 

    95 full-time staff at the global headquarters

    95 full-time regional staff (FIBA Regional Offices)

    Referee and coaching course all-year-round, all around the world

    Development programs and infrastructure support


    Young, fast, modern and exciting

    Played in the world's biggest arenas but also in playgrounds, parks and the most remote areas of the planet

    Played five against five, three on three and just about any other format imaginable

    The world's second most popular team sport

    The most watched team sport at the Olympic Games

    FIBA Basketball World Cup

    FIBA's flagship competitions:

    FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 was played for the first time across 3 host countries in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia
    32 teams played 92 games over 17 days
    700,665 overall attendance of spectators 
    38,115 new attendance record was set for the competition on opening day for the game Philippines vs Dominican Republic 
    4.6 billion video views on social media, four times more than 2019
    4.5 million new followers on social media
    1 million app downloads
    190 countries' global broadcast distribution, 15% more than 2019

    FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 was staged in Sydney, Australia for its 19th edition 
    12 best teams from across FIBA's regions competed over 10 days 
    1.1 billion impressions and 14 million engagements across global social platforms, five times more than in 2018
    1.5 million fans visited the event website, almost doubling the peak audience from 2018  
    7 times more video views compared to the previous World Cup with half a billion video views
    145,000 spectators also meant the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2022 had the highest attendance ever

  • FIBA's activities include but are not limited to:

    • Establishing, updating and amending the Official Basketball Rules
    • Establishing the specifications for basketball equipment and facilities
    • Establishing all regulations for international and Olympic competitions, including the system of competition
    • Appointing international referees
    • Regulating the transfer of players from one country to another
    • Governing and overseeing the organization of all international competitions

    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2021-2023 - XXII FIBA Congres (Manila, Philippines|August 23-24, 2023)
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Mid-Term Activity Report 2019-2021 - FIBA Mid-Term Congress (Online|June 3, 2021)
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2017-2019 - XXI FIBA Congress (Beijing|August 29-30, 2019).
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2014-2017 - FIBA World Congress (Hong Kong|May 4-5, 2017).
    DOWNLOAD FIBA Activity Report 2010-2014 - FIBA World Congress (Sevilla|August 28-29, 2014).