Blockbusters galore highlight unveiling of pools for Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022
4 Apr 2022
ANTWERP (Belgium) - Defending men's champion USA face an early test against host Belgium, while women's Olympic gold medalist USA play world No.2 France in a blockbuster as the pools for the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022 are announced.
For the marquee 3x3 event this year, held in Antwerp on June 21-26, there are four pools of five teams for both men's and women's categories in the first 3x3 World Cup since 2019.
As per FIBA regulations, the teams were allocated via the 3x3 Federation Rankings at the cut-off date of November 1, 2021 in this case.
In the men's, No.5 seed USA's quest for consecutive titles starts with a mouth-watering contest against No.4 Belgium who are a rising 3x3 country and will be boosted by the support of the local fans.
Belgium memorably beat the hoops power at the FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament as the USA surprisingly fell short of a ticket to Tokyo. Pool D also features rising 3x3 power Austria, Egypt and a team to be determined*.
No.1 seed Serbia will be seeking a record fifth title and top an extremely loaded Pool A which also features former silver medalist France, Puerto Rico, Brazil and New Zealand who qualified memorably after edging Iran in a thrilling final at the FIBA 3x3 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2022.
No.2 seed Lithuania loom as the team to beat in Pool B and will be pitted against Germany, Mongolia, Chinese Taipei and Chile.
In what might be the 'Group of Death', Pool C is set to be crazier than Oscars night. No.3 seed and Olympic gold medalist Latvia will be favorite but face two-time World Cup silver medalists Netherlands, World Cup 2019 bronze medalist Poland, Japan and China - all of whom competed at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the women's, No.2 seed France and two-time World Cup winners USA will be must watch in a super-competitive Pool B, which also features Austria, Brazil and New Zealand who dominated the FIBA 3x3 World Cup Qualifier Asia 2022.
No.1 seed Germany top Pool A which will be filled with contenders. No.9 seed Romania, No.10 Lithuania, Olympians Japan and last but not least, defending champion and Olympic bronze medalist China comprise this absolutely loaded group.
Pool C is topped by No.3 seed Poland who will battle Olympians Mongolia, Egypt, Dominican Republic and host Belgium.
To cap things off, FIBA 3x3 Europe Cup 2021 champs Spain will be hoping their sizzling form carries over into this year as the No.4 seed top Pool D. In what shapes as another loaded group, No.5 seed Netherlands, powerhouse Canada and Chile will also be eyeing progressing further while a team to be determined* will be added to the mix.
Following FIBA's decision on Russian teams and FIBA's Central Board March 25 meeting, each category features a team "To Be Determined" (TBD) team. FIBA's Central Board will decide in due course which teams will participate in the Crelan FIBA 3x3 World Cup 2022.
Buckle up because the full schedule will be announced soon.
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 professional circuit for men and women (World Tour and Women’s Series respectively) and national-team competitions.
3x3 made its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Wilson is the Global Ball Partner. FIBA 3x3 events are played on Enlio floors with Schelde backstops, Bodet shot-clocks and the Magic Sky canopy system.