FIBA (Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is the world governing body for basketball. Founded in 1932 by eight countries, it now comprises 212 national federations from all four corners of the globe.
As a non-profit organization, its mission is to develop and promote basketball, and to unite a community of over 450 million players and supporters. It organizes and supervises international competitions, including the FIBA World Cup, FIBA Women's World Cup and Olympic Tournaments. It establishes the official rules of the sport, as well as the regulations governing relations between the various members of the basketball community. FIBA is the only authority recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The Maison du Basketball, FIBA's headquarters, is located in Mies, Switzerland, just outside Geneva.
3x3 is considered the number one urban team sport. From the first official event at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games to the Olympic inclusion starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games, FIBA has had an ambitious vision for the game:
- UNIVERSAL : 3x3 is simple and flexible enough to be played anywhere by anybody. All you need is a hoop, a half-court and six players. Events can be staged outdoor and indoor in iconic locations to bring basketball directly to the people.
- ENTERTAINING : The rules are very simple and designed to make it a fast, spectacular and exciting game. The non-stop music brings an authentic urban culture atmosphere, which attracts a new young audience to the games.
- PROFESSIONAL : 3x3 is an opportunity for new players, organisers and countries to go from the streets to the World Stage. The stars of the game play in a professional tour and some of the most prestigious multi-sports events. 3x3 made its debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The structure of the worldwide 3x3 Competition Network - composed of all FIBA-endorsed 3x3 events - is divided into ten colour-coded levels competitions, and which belong to three distinct competition types:
- FIBA 3x3 World Tour and all events on the Road to the World Tour
- Other city-based events not on the Road to the World Tour
- FIBA 3x3 World Cups and other National-Team-related events