FIBA Europe revealed the seedings for the draw of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers to be held on Monday, July 22, 2019. The event will take place at Munich Airport and will be live streamed from 12:15 (GMT+2) on YouTube.
32 countries will play the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers, including the hosts of the Final Round – Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, and Italy. The teams will be drawn into eight groups of four teams. The groups will be conducted in a round-robin system, with each team playing all other teams in the respective group in home and away games.
The three highest-placed teams from each group, except the groups which include the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 hosts, will qualify for the FIBA EuroBasket 2021. For the groups containing the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 hosts, the host and the two other highest placed teams will qualify for the FIBA EuroBasket 2021.
Draw procedure and restrictions:
Teams from Seed 1 will be drawn into the groups with teams from Seed 4, Seed 5 and Seed 8 into Groups A, C, E and G
Teams from Seed 2 will be drawn into the groups with teams from Seed 3, Seed 6 and Seed 7 into Groups B, D, F and H
A maximum of one host of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Final Round can be drawn in any group
The seedings for the draws for the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers and FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Final Rounds are based on the FIBA World Ranking presented by NIKE.
The Qualifiers’field will be completed when the Third Round of the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Pre-Qualifiers concludes, with the teams facing each other over six game days from August 3-21, 2019. The four group winners will complete the 32 team field for the FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers, joining the four teams from the Pre-Qualifiers Second Round and the 24 teams from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers Second Round.
The FIBA EuroBasket 2021 Qualifiers will be played across three windows on February 17-25, 2020, November 23-1 December, 2020 and February 15-23, 2021 with two games played by each team in every window, following the rescheduling of the November 2019 window by the FIBA Executive Committee.
Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, and Italy were confirmed as the four co-host nations of FIBA EuroBasket 2021 at the official announcement ceremony held on Monday, July 15 in Munich. FIBA EuroBasket 2021, the first edition of the event since it moved to a four-year cycle, will take place in the month of September.