Board of FIBA Europe Meets in Rome, Italy

22.11.2003

European Championship 2005 Qualification System Approved

The Board of FIBA Europe met in Rome on 21st and 22nd November for its 5th meeting of the 2002 – 2006 term of office.

The Board discussed the new system for national team competitions and approved the ranking system and the final rankings for the Senior Men, Senior Women, U16 Boys and U16 Girls.

European Championship for Men 2005

The European Championship for Men 2005 will take place 23rd September – 2nd October, 2005 in Belgrade, Vrsac, Podgorica, Novi Sad and Serbia and Montenegro.

Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro and Spain are all directly qualified to the European Championship.

Qualifying Round Ranking

Division A  Division B
Belgium Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina Austria
Bulgaria Azerbaijan
Czech Republic  Belarus
Croatia  Cyprus
Estonia Denmark
France Finland
Germany FYROM
Hungary  Georgia
Latvia Iceland
Israel  Ireland
Netherlands*  Luxemburg
Poland Malta
Portugal Romania
Russia Slovak Republic
Slovenia Switzerland
Sweden
Turkey
Ukraine
*Netherlands replace England in Division A as England did not register a team for the competition

Competition System – Division A

The 19 teams are divided into 4 groups of 4 and 1 group of 3, and will play home and away, round robin games in September 2004. The top 2 teams in each group will qualify for the European Championship

The remaining 9 teams will play the Additional Qualifying Round and will be divided into 3 groups of 3 teams, playing home and away, round robin games in August/September 2005.

The 3 group winners from the Additional Qualifying Round will play a tournament on 18 – 20 September, 2005 in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. The winner will qualify for the European Championship.

The 3 bottom teams from the Additional Qualifying Round will also play a tournament on the above dates. The winner will remain in Division A while the 2 losers will be relegated to Division B.

Competition System – Division B

The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4. They will play home and away, round robin games in September 2004 and September 2005.

The winners of each group will play a play-off, home and away games in September 2005. The winner of Group A plays the winner of Group C, and the winner of Group B plays the winner of Group D.

The 2 play-off winners will earn promotion to Division A.

European Championship for Women 2005

The European Championship for Women 2005 will take place 9th – 18th September, 2005 in Izmir, Ankara and Bursa, Turkey.

Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Spain and Turkey are all directly qualified.

Division A Divison B
Belgium* Belarus
Bulgaria Bosnia and Herzegovina
Croatia Estonia
Finland FYROM
France  Ireland
Germany Luxembourg
Hungary Malta
Israel Netherlands
Italy Norway
Latvia  Portugal
Lithuania Slovenia
Poland Sweden
Romania
Serbia and Montenegro 
Slovak Republic 
Ukraine
*Belgium replace Moldavia in Division A as Moldavia did not register a team for the competition

Competition System – Division A

The 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4. They will play home and away, round robin games in September 2004.

The top team in each group, plus the 2 best second-placed teams will qualify directly for the European Championship.

The remaining 10 teams will play in the Additional Qualifying Round and will be divided into 2 groups of 3 and 1 group of 4 teams, playing home and away, round robin games in August/September 2005.

The 3 group winners from the Additional Qualifying Round will play a tournament 3-5 September, 2005 in Turkey. The winner qualifies for the European Championship.

The 3 bottom teams from the Additional Qualifying Round will also play a tournament on the above dates. The winner will remain in Division A while the 2 losers will be relegated to Division B.

Competition System – Division B

The 12 teams will be divided into 3 groups of 4. They will play home and away, round robin games in September 2004 and September 2005.

The 3 group winners will play a tournament on 9 – 11 September, 2005. The top 2 teams will earn promotion to Division A.

The 2 play-off winners will be promoted to Division A.

Draw

The draw for the above competitions will take place on 13th December, 2003 in Belgrade Serbia and Montenegro.

European Championships for Men and Women 2007 – Bidding Process

The Board decided that any federations wishing to host the above events must submit a letter of intent by January 15th, 2004.

An Evaluation Committee will be created to visit all the bid venues and each candidate will be invited to make a presentation to the Board of FIBA Europe at its meeting of May 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Following a report from the Evaluation Committee and the presentations from the candidates, the Board will decide on which candidate will be awarded the events.

European Championship for U16 Boys and Girls

The Board decided that the European Championship U16 Division A for Boys will be held on 5th – 14th July, 2004 in Amaliada, Greece

The European Championship U16 Division B for Boys will be divided into 2 tournaments to be held on 6th – 15th August, 2004 in Manchester, England and V. Tarnovo, Bulgaria

The European Championship U16 Divison A for Girls will be held on 30th July – 8th August, 2004 in Biella, Italy

The European Championship U16 Division B for Girls will be divided into 2 tournaments to be held on 30th July -  8th August, 2004 in Tallinn, Estonia and Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Referees and Commissioner Clinics 2004

The Board approved the hosting of 1 Commissioners  and 6 Referee and National Referee Instructor Clinics in 2004.

The Commissioners Clinic will be held on 27th – 29th February, 2004 in Budapest, Hungary.

The 6 Referee and National Referee Instructor Clinics will be held 26th May – 16th June, 2004 in Las Palmas, Spain.

International Transfer of Players

The Board discussed the current issues facing the international transfer of players inside and outside Europe. They agreed that the current regulations need to be revised and proposals will be made at the next meeting in March, 2004 in Moscow, Russia.


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