MIES (Switzerland) - The eighth edition of the FIBA 3x3 World Tour - the flagship competition of the FIBA 3x3 professional season - will feature a record 11 dates in 2019, with the action tipping off in Doha, Qatar in mid-April and reaching its climax at the Utsunomiya Final in Japan in early November.
For the first time, the World Tour season will stretch over the course of eight months, twice longer than the 2018 edition, which was played from July to October.
This year, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour will feature stops in four new cities: Doha, Los Angeles, Montreal and Nanjing. This marks the competition's first trip to Qatar and its anticipated return to the United States after a five-year-hiatus. The top 3x3 players on the planet will return to the streets of Chengdu, Debrecen, Lausanne, Mexico City, Prague, Saskatoon and Utsunomiya in some of the most iconic and downtown urban locations.
FIBA 3x3 Managing Director Alex Sanchez said: "Every year the FIBA 3x3 World Tour is growing. This year, we not only increased the number of events, we also increased the length of the season. The World Tour has now become a year-round competition."
Launched in 2012, the annual World Tour sees teams representing cities from around the world qualify for 10 Masters and a Final through a worldwide network of qualifying tournaments, such as the Challengers, and via the FIBA 3x3 Team Ranking.
The Utsunomiya Final will be staged in Japan, just 9 months before 3x3 makes its Olympic debut in the same country for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
"The FIBA 3x3 World Tour Final will be a great foretaste of the 3x3 Olympic tournament," Sanchez added. "In fact, the World Tour will play a key role in helping players prepare for the Olympics. Furthermore, by competing at the World Tour and related Challengers, the professional 3x3 players will help their country of origin climb up the rankings and maximize their chances to make it to the Olympics."
The top 12 teams in the World Tour standings after the last Masters earn a ticket to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Utsunomiya Final.
FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2019 calendar
- April 18-19 - Doha, Qatar
- June 1-2 - Chengdu, China
- July 6-7 - Mexico City, Mexico
- July 20-21 - Saskatoon, Canada
- August 3-4 - Prague, Czech Republic
- August 23-24 - Lausanne, Switzerland
- August 27-28 - Debrecen, Hungary
- September 7-8 - Montreal, Canada
- September 20-21 - Los Angeles, USA
- October 12-13 - Nanjing, China
- November 2-3 - Utsunomiya, Japan (FINAL)
Novi Sad Al Wahda (SRB) won the last edition of the World Tour after finishing the season undefeated in 32 games.
A Dunk Contest and a Shoot-out Contest will take place at each FIBA 3x3 World Tour event. A first list of FIBA 3x3 World Tour 2019 Qualifiers will be published in February on FIBA3x3.basketball.
Note: A 12th World Tour event was later added in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on October 18-19.
ABOUT FIBA 3x3
Exciting, urban and innovative, 3x3 is inspired by several forms of streetball played worldwide and is considered the world’s number one urban team sport. Steered by FIBA, games see two teams of three players face off on a basketball half-court.
It was played successfully for the first time in international competition at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and since then has benefited from the launch of a yearly city-based FIBA 3x3 World Tour and national-team FIBA 3x3 World & Continental Cups. On June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Program, starting from the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Nike is FIBA 3x3's Founding Partner and Tissot FIBA 3x3's Official Timekeeper.
FIBA 3x3 events are played with Schelde backstops, protected by MagicSky's tents and benefit from Wilson's innovative and specially-made ball for 3x3.
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