Hungary, Netherlands and Slovenia stand out in February 2016 FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking

1 Feb 2016

MIES (3x3) - Slovenia lead the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking in the men’s category while Hungary top the U18 women’s ranks and the Netherlands both the women and the U18 men’s categories on 1 February 2016.

The FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking is based on the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking, which takes into account the number of points collected by a player in the last 12 months. National Federations are ranked according to the aggregate points tallied by their Top 100 nationals in the FIBA 3x3 Individual World Ranking in each category (men, women, U18 men, U18 women), who have a confirmed account.

The 3x3 Federation Ranking not only rewards the elite performances of the players but also the 3x3 activity in the territory of each National Federation. The position in the 3x3 Federation Ranking is driven by the number of players and their playing frequency. The more events are organised the more likely players will accumulate points and increase the national federation's standing in the 3x3 Federation Ranking. It is the main criteria used to identify the teams qualified to the national-team based 3x3 Official Competitions.

In the men’s category, Slovenia - who had three teams at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final - built a comfortable lead over Brazil and Poland. The US have climbed up the rankings in the last few months and now sit in fourth place.

The Netherlands - winners of the 2015 FIBA 3x3 Most Activate Federation Award in December - are number one in the women’s category. Italy and Hungary are separated by less than 40,000 points and are ranked second and third respectively.

The Dutch also took over the U18 men’s category following their 3x3 Winter Tour. Turkey and Romania are not far behind, while China have reached fifth place.

Last but not least, Hungary dominate the U18 women’s category ahead of the Netherlands and Turkey. This will come as no surprise considering their national team won bronze at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships and gold at the FIBA 3x3 U18 European Championships in 2015.