2010 FIBA World Championship qualification

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Qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey commenced as early as 2007 and will culminate in the five continental championships in each of the five FIBA zones. The final ranking of each continental championship determines which teams go to Turkey for the world championship, with FIBA allocating slots partly based on a zone's strength.

In addition to the host, the gold medalists in the 2008 Olympic basketball championship are also allocated automatic berths to the championship. Teams that failed to crack the top positions in their respective continental championships may still be selected as wild cards to fill out the 24-team cast.

A total of 106 countries participated in qualification to the world championship. This is less than in the 2010 FIFA World Cup (204) and 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship (109), but more than the 2011 Rugby World Cup (98) and the 2011 Cricket World Cup (about 100).

Qualified teams[edit]

Qualifying for the 2010 World Championship.

Turkey is automatic qualifier as the host country. The USA also received an automatic berth for winning the 2008 Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament.

Eighteen other teams qualified through continental qualifying tournaments, and FIBA invited four more "wild card" teams to fill out the 24-team field. Each FIBA zone is allocated a certain amount of automatic berths based upon the strength of its zone: the weakest zone, Oceania, gets only two automatic berths each, while Europe gets six.

Certain peculiarities include:

  • On the Oceanian championship, only two teams registered to compete, and with Oceania having two automatic berths, both were automatically qualified.
  • Turkey, despite being qualified already, still played at the European championships. Had Turkey finished sixth or higher, the seventh-placed team would also have qualified.
  • The USA did not send a team to the Americas championship because they had automatically qualified by winning the gold medal in the men's Olympic basketball tournament.

Qualifying tournaments:

Qualifying tournament Duration Location Berths Teams qualified
Host  Turkey 1  Turkey
2008 Olympic Men's Basketball Tournament August 10-24, 2008  China 1  United States
FIBA Africa Championship 2009 August 4-14, 2009  Libya 3  Angola
 Ivory Coast
FIBA Asia Championship 2009 August 6-16, 2009  China 3  Iran
FIBA Oceania Championship 2009 August 23-25, 2009  Australia
 New Zealand
2  New Zealand
FIBA Americas Championship 2009 August 26-September 6, 2009  Puerto Rico 4  Brazil
 Puerto Rico
EuroBasket 2009 September 7-20, 2009  Poland 6  Spain
Wild cards December 12-13, 2009  Turkey 4  Russia

The draw for the championship will take place in Istanbul on December 15, 2009.


Qualified for the Championship outright
Qualified automatically
Selected as a wild card
Qualified via continental qualifying tournament

These are the final standings of the different World Championship qualifying tournaments. The venues are as follows, with the city of the knockout stage mentioned first:

Rank Olympics Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania Wildcard
1st  United States  Angola  Brazil  Iran  Spain  New Zealand  Germany
2nd  Spain  Ivory Coast  Puerto Rico  China  Serbia  Australia
3rd  Argentina  Tunisia  Argentina  Jordan  Greece
4th  Lithuania  Cameroon  Canada  Lebanon  Slovenia
5th  Greece  Nigeria  Dominican R.  Chinese Taipei  France
6th  Croatia  C.A.R.  Uruguay  Qatar  Croatia
7th  Australia  Senegal  Mexico  South Korea  Russia
8th  China  Mali  Panama  Philippines  Turkey
9th  Russia  Rwanda  Venezuela  Kazakhstan  Macedonia
10th  Germany  Egypt  Virgin Islands  Japan
11th  Iran  Libya  Kuwait  Germany
12th  Angola  Morocco  UAE
13th  Cape Verde  India  Latvia
 Great Britain
14th  Mozambique  Uzbekistan
15th  South Africa  Indonesia
16th  Congo  Sri Lanka