Updated: September 11

Making the history books, the 19th FIBA Basketball World Cup will be conducted for the first time in three host nations: the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia. 32 of the best teams from across the globe will be competing, hoping to snatch the crown away from defending champions, Spain, who won in 2019.

The biggest basketball tournament, behind the NBA, begins on August 25 and ends on September 10, with the Grand Final taking place in Manila's famous Mall of Asia Arena. The Philippines are looking to impress their home crowd and make it to the final phase.

Read on for the FIBA World Cup 2023 schedule, the competition's format, all 32 countries competing, and where to watch the matches live. Keep your eyes peeled for our dedicated betting guide coming soon!

FIBA World Cup 2023: Format

Group Stage (August 25 - 30)

There will be eight groups, comprised of four teams, lettered from A to H. Every teams plays against the three other teams in their group for a grand total of 48 games (three games per team, six games per group).

The top two teams from each group qualify for the second round, while the bottom two teams from each group play in the Classification Round for places 17-32.

Group Phase (August 31 - September 4)

The results of the three games from the Group Stage are carried over to the second round, the Group Phase. these teams are lettered I-L

Every team plays against the two teams in their group they didn't face in the 1st round, for a total of 16 games (two games per team, four games per group).

The top two teams from each group qualify for the Quarter-Finals, while the bottom two teams from each group are eliminated and are ranked in places 9-16 according to the official basketball rules.

Final Phase (September 5 - 10)

Across these five days, the final eight teams will compete in a series of matches to decide the winner and two runners up on September 10.

Classification Games

Classification games are run to establish the final rankings of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, which in turn decides which teams qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

FIBA World Cup 2023: Venues & Groups

Thirty-two of the best basketball teams from across the globe will be jetting off to participate in this year's FIBA Basketball World Cup. There are five teams from Africa, seven from the Americas, twelve from Europe, and eight from Asia/Oceanic, making for an exciting tournament.

For the first Group Stage, the 32 teams are divided up from A-H, into different host venues. Groups A and B will play in the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, while C and D will also be in Manila at the Moa Arena. Groups E and F have the luxury of playing at the Okinawa Arena, Japan while finally, Groups G and H will be at Jakarta, at the Indonesia Arena.

Below you'll find how the teams are divided up for the first stage of the FIBA World Cup 2023.

  • Group A: Angola, Dominican Republic, Italy, Philippines
  • Group B: China, Puerto Rico, Serbia, South Sudan
  • Group C: Greece, Jordan, New Zealand, USA
  • Group D: Egypt, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro
  • Group E: Australia, Finland, Germany, Japan
  • Group F: Cape Verde, Georgia, Slovenia, Venezuela
  • Group G: Brazil, Cote d'ivoire, Iran, Spain
  • Group H: Canada, France, Latvia, Lebanon

For the second round of the Group Stage, there will be four teams lettered I-L, here is how they will be divided. We will update this section below with the actual teams when they have been decided.

  • Group I: Group A winner, Group A runner-up, Group B winner, Group B runner-up
  • Group J: Group C winner, Group C runner-up, Group D winner, Group D runner-up
  • Group K: Group E winner, Group E runner up, Group F winner, Group F runner-up
  • Group L: Group G winner, Group G runner-up, Group H winner, Group H runner-up

FIBA World Cup 2023: Group Stage Schedule

Below you'll find the schedule for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. All times listed will be in BST and match winners will be in bold. We will add the upcoming weeks schedules closer to the time, so watch this space!

August 25

  • 9:00 AM - Angola v Italy
  • 9:00 AM - Finland v Australia
  • 9:45 AM - Mexico v Montenegro
  • 10:15 AM - Latvia v Lebanon
  • 1:00 PM - Dominican Republic v Philippines
  • 1:10 PM - Japan v Germany
  • 1:30 PM - Egypt v Lithuania
  • 2:30 PM - France v Canada

August 26

  • 9:00 AM - South Sudan v Puerto Rico
  • 9:00 AM - Cape Verde v Georgia
  • 9:45 AM - Jordan v Greece
  • 10:45 AM - Iran v Brazil
  • 12:30 PM - Slovenia v Venezuela
  • 1:00 PM - Serbia v China
  • 1:40 PM - New Zealand v Team USA
  • 1:30 PM - Spain v Cote d'ivoire

August 27

  • 9:00 AM - Italy v Dominican Republic
  • 9:30 AM - Australia v Germany
  • 9:45 AM - Montenegro v Egypt
  • 10:45 AM - Lebanon v Canada
  • 1:00 PM - Philippines v Angola
  • 1:10 AM - Japan v Finland
  • 1:30 PM - Lithuania v Mexico
  • 2:30 PM - Latvia v France

August 28

  • 9:00 AM - China v South Sudan
  • 9:00 AM - Venezuela v Cape Verde
  • 9:45 AM - Jordan v New Zealand
  • 10:45 AM - Cote d'ivoire v Iran
  • 12:30 PM - Georgia v Slovenia
  • 1:00 PM - Puerto Rica v Serbia
  • 1:40 PM - Greece v USA
  • 2:30 PM - Spain v Brazil

August 29

  • 8:30 AM - Germany v Finland
  • 9:00 AM - Angola v Dominican Republic
  • 9:45 AM - Egypt v Mexico
  • 10:45 AM - France v Lebanon
  • 12:10 PM - Australia v Japan
  • 1:00 PM - Philippines v Italy
  • 1:30 PM - Lithuania v Montenegro
  • 2:30 PM - Latvia v Canada

August 30

  • 9:00 AM - Serbia v South Sudan
  • 9:00 AM - Georgia v Venezuela
  • 9:40 AM - USA v Jordan
  • 10:45 AM - Brazil v Cote d'ivoire
  • 12:30 PM - Slovenia v Cape Verde
  • 1:00 PM - China v Puerto Rica
  • 1:40 PM - Greece v New Zealand
  • 2:30 PM - Spain v Iran

FIBA World Cup 2023

September 1

  • 9:00 AM: Italy v Serbia
  • 9:30 AM: Germany v Georgia
  • 9:40 AM: USA v Montenegro
  • 10:45 AM: Latvia v Spain
  • 1:00 PM: Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico
  • 1:10 PM: Australia v Slovenia
  • 1:40 PM: Lithuania v Greece
  • 2:30 PM: Canada v Brazil

September 3

  • 8:30 AM: Georgia v Australia
  • 9:00 AM: Italy v Puerto Rico
  • 9:40 AM: Greece v Montenegro
  • 10:45 AM: Brazil v Latvia
  • 12:10 PM: Slovenia v Germany
  • 1:00 PM: Serbia v Dominican Republic
  • 1:40 PM: Lithuania v USA
  • 2:30 PM: Spain v Canada

September 5

  • 9:45 AM: Lithuania v Serbia
  • 1:40 PM: Italy v USA

September 6

  • 9:45 AM: Germany v Latvia
  • 1:30 PM: Slovenia v Canada

September 8

  • 9:45 AM: Serbia v Canada
  • 1:40 PM: USA v Germany

September 10

  • 9:30 AM: USA v Canada (3rd place)
  • 1:40 PM: Germany v Serbia

That was everything you need to know about the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 schedule and format. Don't forget to check back to see match results and any schedule changes.

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FAQs about FIBA World Cup 2023

Where will the 2023 FIBA World Cup be held?

The FIBA Basketball World Cup will occur across three host countries for the first time ever. Indonesia and Japan will host a Group Stage, while the Philippine arena will host both Group Phases and the Final Phase.

Who are the favorites to win?

There are tons of NBA players with Japan, Canada and the Philippines boasting several star talents among their ranks. Olympic champions Team USA are relying on their NBA power players like Austin Reaves, Anthony Edwards to help guarantee their spot in the final. Spain are also looking to defend their title.

Who won the last FIBA World Cup?

The current FIBA Basketball World Cup champions are Spain, who triumphed over Argentina in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. All eyes are on them to see if they can defend their title.

Where can I watch FIBA World Cup 2023 matches?

All the basketball action will be available in selected countries via FIBA's streaming service. If you're subscribed to ESPN+, you will also be able to watch the matches live on their platform.

What is the tie-break format for FIBA World Cup?

The tie-breaker rule in FIBA means that the team with the most wins will be given a priority ranking, in the case of tied teams.