First list of 3x3 Challengers unveiled

28 Feb 2018

MIES (3x3 Challengers) - FIBA announced on Wednesday the number of 3x3 Challengers would increase from 14 last year to a minimum of 21 in 2018.

These premium direct international qualifiers to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will make a first-ever appearance in Australia, Cyprus, Italy, South Korea, Latvia and Lithuania.

Saskatoon Masters (21-22 July)

GoYang ChallengerKorea 3x3 Basketball LeagueSouth Korea14-15 April
Chengdu ChallengerChengdu Basketball AssociationChina26-27 May

Utsunomiya Masters (28-29 July)

Wuxi ChallengerFountaskChina5-6 May
Sydney ChallengerBasketball AustraliaAustralia19-20 May

Prague Masters (4-5 August)

Tinkoff Moscow OpenStreetbasket RussiaRussia18-19 May
The Hague ChallengerNBBNetherlands2-3 June
Kaunas ChallengerSporto namų grupėLithuania30 June - 1 July

Lausanne Masters (24-25 August)

Lignano Sabbiadoro ChallengerFIPItaly14-15 July
Lipik ChallengerLIBOXCroatia6-7 July
Ghetto Basket Ventspils ChallengerGhetto BasketLatvia27-28 July

Debrecen Masters (30-31 August)

Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest ChallengerSportArenaRomania11-12 August
Ljubljana ChallengerKZSSlovenia17-18 August
Limassol ChallengerLimassol 3on3Cyprus16-17 June

Mexico City Masters (8-9 September)


India Masters (22-23 September)

ING-DiBA Berlin ChallengerDBBGermany31 August - 1 September
Penang ChallengerWorld HoopsMalaysia5-6 May

Chengdu Masters (29-30 September)

Nanjing ChallengerFountaskChina21-22 April
Hang Zhou ChallengerZhe Jiang Basketball AssociationChina16-17 June

Kuala Lumpur Masters (13-14 October)

Huai An ChallengerFountaskChina12-13 May
Ulaanbaatar ChallengerMongolia Basketball FederationMongolia2-3 June
Edmonton ChallengerBasketball AlbertaCanada22-23 September

Sixteen invitational teams take part in each Challenger and the two finalists stamp their ticket to a designated FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters (unless they are already qualified to the same Masters).

Prize money will reach 20k USD in each one of these challengers this season, a key contribution in the professionalization of the game (close to 1.5 million USD on the entire pro circuit, including the FIBA 3x3 World Tour).

A finalist list of World Tour qualifiers (which may include more challengers) will be announced at a later stage.

While the majority of the World Tour spots are allocated to teams who won a qualifier, 2 tickets per Masters are allocated based on the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking. Additionally, each World Tour Masters organizer is awarded a local wildcard.

All organizers interested in hosting a 3x3 Challenger in following seasons can contact FIBA's 3x3 team.