FIBA Europe Board Meets in Madrid

19 March 2006

The Board of FIBA Europe met on 18th and 19th March in Madrid, Spain for the 12th meeting of the 2002-2006 term of office.

As well as hearing reports from the President of FIBA Europe George Vassilakopoulos, the Secretary General Nar Zanolin, the Sports Director Kosta Iliev and the Presidents of each Commission, the Board continued the discussion of the specificity of sport in Europe.

Specificity of Sport

The Board ratified the work undertaken by the President and Secretary General in order to gain European Union recognition of sport as a social expression with a specific role in society.

The Board agreed that the work should continue on this issue in the following areas.

  • Collaboration with other international sports federations
  • Continued talks with the EU on the issues of establishing special status for sportsmen and women with regards to contracts and the recognition of the federative system at the national and international level
  • Study the introduction of measures to protect the development of local talent

Miguel Betancor
FIBA Europe Referee Coordinator Miguel Betancor
“I am very satisfied with the talks we have had with various European bodies about these issues. If we obtain EU recognition of the specificity of sport, it would solve many of the problems we currently face in basketball,” said FIBA Europe President Mr. George Vassilakopoulos.

“We have already had talks with UEFA and we want to continue to work with other international sports federations and the EU to gain recognition for the specificity of sport. The key issues for basketball would be that each country be allowed to introduce its own measures to protect young talent and that the national federations be recognized as the sole governing bodies in their country,” he added.

“Our national federations are responsible to safeguard the values and principles of basketball at all levels in their territories. We want to ensure that they have the correct recognition in order to be able to do their job. I am very satisfied with the results of the meetings we have already had and am optimistic that the specificity of sport will receive official recognition.”

Coaching and Refereeing

The Board commended the work being undertaken by the coaching and refereeing departments.

The coaching department was created by FIBA Europe in December 2005. Coaching Coordinator Michael Schwarz made a presentation to the Board on the planned activities of the department, including the creation of an online resource for all basketball coaches in Europe, the introduction of a FIBA Europe coaching certificate and the organization of regular international coaching clinics.

Referee Coordinator Miguel Betancor updated the Board on the referee’s department latest project, a new web site for national referee instructors.


It was agreed by the Board that FIBA Europe’s 2007 club competitions will be played with the same competition system as 2006. The only amendment is the EuroCup Challenge which will be reduced from 32 to 24 teams.

The Board also discussed a modified system of competition for EuroBasket and EuroBasket Women.

It was proposed that as of 2007, EuroBasket Women will be played with 16 teams in a three stage format. The first stage would see the 16 teams divided into four groups of four. Following round robin play in the groups, the top three teams from each group would advance to a second group stage, consisting of two groups of six teams. The third stage would consist of the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals.

This system of competition was also proposed for EuroBasket 2007 in Spain, however, a final decision was postponed for the next Board meeting in May.

Amendment in Regulations

The Board approved a proposal by the Legal Commission to slightly modify FIBA Europe’s regulations with regards to player transfers and availability for national team competition.

The regulations for player transfers will ensure that the national federations are informed when disputes arise between clubs over the transfer of players from one country to another. In addition, players will not be allowed to sign a contract to play for more than one club in the same time period.

Small Countries

FIBA Europe’s national team competition for its smallest members, the Promotion Cup, will change its name as of 2007 to EuroBasket Division C.

The next meeting of the Board of FIBA Europe will take place in Munich on 12th May prior to the 2006 General Assembly, the annual gathering of FIBA Europe’s 50 national member federations.



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