The FIBA Europe League is Born !

10 June 2003

Joint meeting of FIBA Europe Executive Committee and Competitions Commission

The FIBA Europe Executive Committee and Competitions Commission, meeting jointly in Munich on Tuesday, 10 June 2003, have taken the following decisions on the structure and format of FIBA Europe club competitions for the coming 2003-2004 season:

1. FIBA EUROPE LEAGUE (FEL)

A new competition, namely the FIBA Europe League (FEL) has been created. This competition will be played with 32 clubs, qualified on the basis of sports and logistical criteria. 24 clubs will qualify directly and 8 wild cards will be assigned.

The main features of this competition are the following:

  • FEL 2003-2004 season will start on 22 October 2003 and will end with a Final Four on 23-25 April 2004.
  • There will be no registration fees for Clubs participating in the FEL
  • Each country may have no more than 4 teams in the FEL.
  • A General Assembly of the FEL Clubs will be convened at least twice a year in order to decide on various aspects of the competition
  • A FEL Council will be created for this competition, composed by 4 members nominated by the General Assembly of the FEL Clubs and 3 members nominated by the Executive Committee of FIBA Europe.
  • Clubs will maintain all TV, marketing and merchandising rights, with the exception of the rights related to the Final Four.
  • Teams will be allowed to change up to 4 players in their lists up to 72 hours before the beginning of the play-offs.

Also, the main criteria for the participation of Clubs to the FEL will include the ranking of the respective National Federations, the participation and results of the Clubs in past FIBA competitions, a participation guarantee from their respective National Federations, playing halls with a minimum capacity of 2000 spectators and the accessibility of the respective cities.

The final composition of the FEL will be decided on 28 June by the Executive Committee of FIBA Europe. National Federations will be invited to register their Clubs and propose their candidates for the wild cards by 27 June.

The first General Assembly of the FIBA Europe League Clubs will take place on 18 July in Munich, followed by the draw on 19 July 2003.

2. EUROLEAGUE WOMEN (ELW)

The ELW will be organised next season with 16 teams, on the basis of last year's competition format.

Following the wishes expressed by the General Assembly of Euroleague Women Clubs, FIBA Europe has proposed to 6 ELW clubs a guaranteed participation for the coming 3 seasons.

3. FIBA EUROPE CUP WOMEN (FCW)

Taking into account the wishes expressed by several Clubs and National Federations, it was decided that a fourth Conference will be created, namely the Central Conference.

This competition will be organised on the basis of last year's format, the only major change being that 24 instead of 16 Clubs will be qualified to the pan-European phase.


4. FIBA EUROPE CUP MEN (FCM)

Taking into account the wishes expressed by several Clubs and National Federations, it was decided that a fourth Conference will be created, namely the Central Conference.

This competition will be organised on the basis of last year's format, the only major change being that the winners of the 4 regional Final Fours will qualify for a pan-European Final Round. The 3 best teams of this Final Round will be strongly considered for a wild card spot in the FEL the following season.

Statement by the President of FIBA Europe

George Vassilakopoulos, President of FIBA Europe, has made the following declaration after today's meeting:

"By approving the changes and new competition structure, FIBA Europe has opened a new era of European Club competitions.

We open the door and create an opportunity for all Clubs to participate and compete in a really democratic environment as true and respected partners.

We laid down the foundations of a long term and stable system of Club competitions. We look forward to the opportunity to meet this challenge."


RELATED NEWS

FIBA Europe Review 200319.12.2003
Betancor Appointed FIBA Europe Referee Coordinator16.12.2003
FIBA Europe Appoints New Marketing Manager09.12.2003
European Championship Draw Seedings Announced08.12.2003
PAOK Thessaloniki Out of FIBA Europe League27.11.2003
Board of FIBA Europe Meets in Rome, Italy22.11.2003
FIBA Europe President Speaks on the Future of European Basketball09.10.2003
New Television Direction for FIBA and FIBA Europe13.09.2003

Advertisement