The draw ceremony for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Pre-Qualifiers First Round took place at the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball on Tuesday, setting the stage for the preliminary stage of the competition.
The eight European teams involved – Albania, Belarus, Cyprus, Iceland, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia – found out their opponents for the start of the pre-qualifying campaign for the next edition of FIBA’s flagship event.
The teams were drawn into two groups of four teams each as follows:
The First Round of the Pre-Qualifiers will be played in a Round Robin format, home and away, across three windows on February 17-25, 2020, November 23 – December 1, 2020 and February 15-23, 2021 with two games played by each team in every window.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the European Pre-Qualifiers Second Round, to be played in the summer of 2021, where they will be joined by eight teams from the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers to compete for a total of eight available berths in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 European Qualifiers.
The 32-team team field of the European Qualifiers will also include all 24 teams competing in the Final Round of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021.
To be co-hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines, FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 marks the first time in the competition’s history that it is staged in more than one country.