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From through the World Cup, qualification continued to be based on the continental competitions and the Olympic tournament. Each of the five continental championships also served as qualification for the Olympics, so all were held every two years. For example, all of the berths at the FIBA World Championship were determined by continental championships held in The final competition will expand from 24 to 32 teams. Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Oviedo , Oviedo. This led to the Japanese organizers to hold games throughout the country instead of just in a single city.

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In other nations eventually caught up to the four powerhouse countries and their successor states. Meanwhile, the United States team, made up entirely of NBA players, struggled to a sixth-place finish. This new era of parity convinced FIBA to expand the tournament to 24 teams for , and editions of the tournament. In , emerging powerhouse Spain beat Greece in the first appearance in the final for both teams. The United States became the third country to defend the championship, winning against Serbia in France defeated Lithuania in the bronze medal game.

The final competition will expand from 24 to 32 teams. To accommodate this change, the World Cup will be followed by a edition in China. The Basketball World Cup has used various forms of qualification throughout its history. The first five tournaments were held in South America and participation was dominated by teams from the Americas.

However, no Asian team was willing to travel to the event, so six of the ten teams were from the Americas. European powerhouse Soviet Union later made their first appearance in after missing the first two events. In the tournament's early years, only Europe and South America had established continental tournaments, so participation in the tournament was largely by invitation. Later, Asia added a continental championship in , followed by Africa in , Central America in , and Oceania in , As a result of these changes, qualification became more formalized starting with the tournament.

In that year, the Asian champion received an automatic berth in the tournament, joining the top European and South American teams. In , the African and Oceanian champion each received a berth, while the Centrobasket champion and runner-up were each invited.

For most of these years, the tournament host, defending World Champion, and top Olympic basketball tournament finishers also qualified for the event. From through the World Cup, qualification continued to be based on the continental competitions and the Olympic tournament.

After the tournament expanded to 24 teams in , the tournament allocated qualification as follows: Each of the five continental championships also served as qualification for the Olympics, so all were held every two years. The year immediately preceding the World Championship was used to determine the berths at the tournament. For example, all of the berths at the FIBA World Championship were determined by continental championships held in After the first 20 teams qualified, FIBA then selected four wild card teams, based on sporting, economic, and governance criteria, as well as a required registration fee from each team to be considered by the FIBA board.

In each of the two tournaments that the wild card system was in place, FIBA selected the maximum three European teams to compete in the event. FIBA instituted major changes to its competition calendar and the qualifying process for both the World Cup and Olympics in First, the continental championships are now held once every four years, specifically in years that immediately follow the Summer Olympics. The continental championships no longer play a role in qualifying for either the World Cup or Olympics.

The World Cup qualifying process, which began in , is the first under a new format. Qualifying takes place over a two-year cycle, involving six windows of play. In each qualifying zone, nations are divided into Division A and Division B, with promotion and relegation between the two.

FIBA did not initially reveal full details of the new process, but announced that at least in opening phases, it would feature groups of three or four teams, playing home-and-away within the group. The Basketball World Cup has existed in several different formats throughout the years as it has expanded and contracted between 10 and 24 teams. The first tournament in began with a ten-team double-elimination tournament followed by a six-team round robin round to determine the champion.

Between and , each tournament started with a group stage preliminary round; the top teams in each preliminary round group then moved on to a final round robin group to determine the champion. In , FIBA added a gold medal game between the top two finishers in the final group and a bronze medal game between the third and fourth place teams.

In each year between and , the host team received a bye into the final group. Of the seven host teams in this era, only three medaled despite the head start. As a result, FIBA made the host team compete in the preliminary round starting in In , the tournament briefly expanded to 24 teams. Four groups of six teams each competed in the preliminary round group stage. The top three teams in each group then competed in the second group stage, followed by a four-team knockout tournament between the top two finishers in each group.

The championship contracted back down to 16 teams for the tournament. The three tournaments between and each had two group stages followed by a four-team knockout tournament to determine the medalists. The tournament expanded the knockout round to eight teams. In , FIBA made the decision to expand back to 24 teams and introduced the format that is currently in place.

The top four teams in each group then advance to a sixteen-team single-elimination knockout round. It begins with the eighth finals, where the top teams in each group play the fourth-placed teams in another group and the second and third-placed teams in each group face off. This is followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals, and final. The semifinal losers play in the bronze medal game, while the quarterfinal losers play in a consolation bracket to determine fifth through eighth places.

In , the final tournament will expand to 32 teams. Since , the champion of each tournament has been awarded the Naismith Trophy, named for basketball inventor James Naismith. The original trophy was used from through The updated trophy is designed in an Egyptian-inspired lotus shape upon which there are carved maps of the continents and precious stones symbolizing the five continents FIBA Americas represents both North America and South America.

Naismith's name is engraved on all four sides in Latin , Arabic , Chinese , and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Oviedo , Oviedo.

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