Slovenia continue to rise in March's FIBA 3x3 Federation Rankings

1 Mar 2016

MIES (3x3) - Slovenia have extended their lead in the men's category and made a big leap in U18 men while New Zealand, Uruguay and Kyrgyzstan go up in the FIBA 3x3 Federation Rankings on 1 March 2016.

In the men's category, Slovenia have distanced themselves from contenders Brazil and Poland in the month of February. The Top 10 remains unchanged but further down in the ranking, Uruguay is making noise, climbing from 24th to 21st, having played four events in the month of February. Thanks to the ongoing Burger King 3x3 Quest (4 events last month as well), New Zealand rise to 27th. Following the KSTU CUP, Kyrgyzstan enter the Top 50 (47th) while Angola make an appearance in the Top 100 after the Kilamba Knockout and Cacuaco Survivor tournaments.

Slovenia also make a splash in the U18 men's category following a preparation tournament for the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships, which will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan from 1-5 June 2016. They move up to 7th overall. Indonesia is the only other team to climb into the Top 10 (9th). The US gain two spots and are now ranked 11th. The Netherlands, Turkey and Romania still lead this category in that order.

The Netherlands also maintain their hegemony in the women's rankings, ahead of Italy and Hungary. Romania move up 3 spots to 13th overall while Kyrgyzstan make its first appearance in the Top 50 (47th).

Last but not least, Hungary continue to top the U18 women rankings. Netherlands and Turkey are second and third while China reach the Top 10 (10th) and Japan the Top 50 (49th).

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.