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The International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basketball), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA (pronounced [ˈfibʌ]), is an association of national organizations which governs international competition in basketball. Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA), in 1989 it dropped the Amateur from its official name but retained the initialism.

The FIBA defines the international rules of basketball, specifies the equipment and facilities required, regulates the transfer of athletes across countries, and controls the appointment of international referees. 213 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

[edit] History

The association was founded in Geneva in 1932, two years after the sport was officially recognized by the IOC. Its original name was Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur. Eight nations were founding members: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland. During the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin, the Federation named James Naismith (1861-1939), the founder of basketball, as its Honorary President.

FIBA has organized a World Championship for men since 1950 and a World Championship for Women since 1953. Both events are now held every four years, alternating with the Olympics.

In 1989 FIBA opened the door to Olympic participation by professionals such as players from the NBA in the United States. At this point, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur became the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, but retained FIBA as an abbreviation.

The Federation headquarters moved to Munich in 1956, then returned to Geneva in 2002. FIBA is in the process of building a new headquarters about 25 km north of Geneva in the town of Nyon, Switzerland. The new headquarters will be ready sometime around 2009.

[edit] FIBA Rankings

As of September 23, 2006.
Men's rankings (top 20)
Rank Team Points
1 Image:Flag of the United States.svg USA 832.2
2 Image:Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 720.0
3 Image:Flag of Spain.svg Spain 619.0
4 Image:Flag of Serbia (state) (bordered).svg Serbia 508.0
5 Image:Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania 460.0
6 Image:Flag of Greece.svg Greece 429.0
7 Image:Flag of Italy.svg Italy 418.0
8 Image:Flag of France.svg France 343.0
9 Image:Flag of Germany.svg Germany 282.0
10 Image:Flag of Australia.svg Australia 279.0
11 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 262.0
12 Image:Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 228.0
13 Image:Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico 217.6
14 Image:Flag of Angola.svg Angola 206.0
15 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Canada 196.0
16 Image:Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 194.0
17 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 168.0
18 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Russia 162.0
19 Image:Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia 125.0
20 Image:Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia 121.0
Women's rankings (top 20)
Rank Team Points
1 Image:Flag of the United States.svg USA 1,030.0
2 Image:Flag of Australia.svg Australia 860.0
3 Image:Flag of Russia (bordered).svg Russia 843.0
4 Image:Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil 556.0
5 Image:Flag of France.svg France 357.0
6 Image:Flag of the Czech Republic (bordered).svg Czech Republic 304.0
7 Image:Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba 297.0
8 Image:Flag of Spain.svg Spain 294.0
9 Image:Flag of South Korea (bordered).svg South Korea 284.9
10 Image:Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China 251.5
11 Image:Flag of Canada.svg Canada 184.0
12 Image:Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 162.4
13 Image:Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania 159.0
14 Image:Flag of Poland (bordered).svg Poland 154.0
15 Image:Flag of Japan (bordered).svg Japan 123.5
16 Image:Flag of Serbia (state) (bordered).svg Serbia 122.0
17 Image:Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 112.0
18 Image:Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal 109.0
19 Image:Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia 98.0
20 Image:Flag of Greece.svg Greece 88.0

[edit] External links

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     Asia: FIBA AsiaAsian Championship
     Africa: FIBA AfricaAfrica Championship
     Americas: FIBA AmericasAmericas Championship
     Oceania: FIBA OceaniaOceania Championship
     Europe: FIBA EuropeEurobasket
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FIBA | National Basketball Association | Euroleague | Other leagues

Americas: Argentina | Brazil | Mexico | Paraguay | Puerto Rico
United States developmental leagues: American Basketball Association | Continental Basketball Association | International Basketball League | NBA Development League | United Basketball League | United States Basketball League | Universal Basketball League | World Basketball Association
Europe: Adriatic League | Austria | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Croatia | Cyprus | France | Germany | Greece | Italy | Lithuania | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | Serbia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Ukraine | United Kingdom
Asia: China | Japan | Korea | Philippines | Taiwan
Oceania: Australia | New Zealand

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