Following the completion of EuroBasket 2013, 20 of the 24 nations who will compete at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain from 30 August-14 September are now known.
The 20 national teams that have qualified for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup are:
1 Host Country: Spain
1 Olympic Champion: USA
3 teams from Africa: Angola, Egypt and Senegal
4 teams from Americas: Mexico, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Dominican Republic
3 teams from Asia: Iran, Philippines and Korea
6 teams from Europe: France, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Serbia
2 teams from Oceania: Australia and New Zealand
They will be joined by four countries who can meet the following criteria in order to earn one of four FIBA wildcards which remain up for grabs:
National teams that participated in FIBA's 2013 continental championships and did not qualify for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup but are interested in participating in FIBA's flagship event must send an application to FIBA in which they will state their case as to why they should be granted one of the wild cards. No more than three national teams from one FIBA Zone can receive the wild cards.
The decision on which four national teams will receive these wild cards will be made taking into consideration the following criteria:
Sporting and Promotional Aspects
- The popularity of basketball in the country
- The quality and sporting results of the national teams of the country
- The hosting or bidding for hosting of past FIBA events
- The impact of a participation at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in the country in view of the country's basketball development
- The commitment of the best players from the country to participate at the FIBA Basketball World Cup
- The involvement of local television and corporate sector in the domestic and international basketball competitions
- The importance of the country's market to FIBA's commercial partners
- The importance of the country to the Organisers of the FIBA Basketball World Cup
- Compliance with the Internal Regulations and General Statutes of FIBA
- The quality of the work of the National Federation
- Governmental support to the National Federation
- Participation in FIBA and/or FIBA Zone activities, commissions, etc...
National Federations applying to have their national team considered for a wild card can make donations. The amounts collected will be used for the worldwide promotion of basketball through FIBA's International Basketball Foundation (IBF).
FIBA will reveal which four national teams will receive the wild cards at its Central Board meeting on the weekend of 1-2 February 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
The Central Board might decide to shorten the list of candidates at its next meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the weekend of 23-24 November 2013.
The draw for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup will take place on Monday 3 February 2014.