First list of 3×3 Challengers unveiled

MIES – FIBA announced on Wednesday the number of 3×3 Challengers would increase from 14 last year to a minimum of 21 in 2018.

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

Saskatoon Masters (21-22 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Hanam Challenger Korea 3×3 Basketball League South Korea 14-15 April
Chengdu Challenger Chengdu Basketball Association China 26-27 May


Utsunomiya Masters (28-29 July)

Event Organiser Country Date
Wuxi Challenger Fountask China 28-29 April
Melbourne Challenger Basketball Australia Australia 19-20 May


Prague Masters (4-5 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Moscow Open Challenger Streetbasket Russia Russia 18-19 May
The Hague Challenger NBB Netherlands 2-3 June
Kaunas Challenger Sporto namų grupė Lithuania 30 June – 1 July


Lausanne Masters (24-25 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Lignano Challenger FIP Italy 14-15 July
Lipik Challenger LIBOX Croatia 6-7 July
Ventspils Challenger Ghetto Basket Latvia 27-28 July


Debrecen Masters (30-31 August)

Event Organiser Country Date
Bucharest Challenger SportArena Romania 11-12 August
Ljubljana Challenger KZS Slovenia 18-19 August
Limassol Challenger Limassol 3on3 Cyprus 16-17 June


Mexico City Masters (8-9 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Sao Paolo Challenger ANB Brazil tbc


Quito Masters (22-23 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Berlin Challenger DBB Germany 31 August – 1 September
World Hoops Penang Challenger World Hoops Malaysia 5-6 May


Chengdu  Masters (29-30 September)

Event Organiser Country Date
Nanjing Challenger Fountask China 21-22 April
Hang Zhou Challenger Zhe Jiang Basketball Association China 16-17 June


Kuala Lumpur Masters (6-7 October)

Event Organiser Country Date
Huai An Challenger Fountask China 12-13 May
Ulaanbaatar Challenger Mongolia Basketball Federation Mongolia 2-3 June
Qingdao Challenger CBA China tbc

Sixteen invitational teams take part in each Challenger and the two finalists stamp their ticket to a designated FIBA 3×3 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 3×3 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 3×3 Team Ranking. Additionally, each World Tour Masters organizer is awarded a local wildcard.

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



Novi Sad Al Wahda make history after winning Lipik 3×3 Challenger

Two-time FIBA 3×3 World Tour winners Novi Sad Al Wahda (UAE) became the first team in 3×3 history to qualify to each one of the World Tour Masters after winning the loaded Cedevita Lipik 3×3 Challenger in Lipik, Croatia on June 30 and July 1 2017.

Despite missing two core players due to injury (Marko Savic and Marko Zdero), Novi Sad Al Wahda were a perfect 6-0 in Lipik.

With his team up 18-17 in the final against Liman (SRB), the number one 3×3 player in the world Dusan Domovic Bulut drove hard to the basket, drew the foul and got the acrobatic finish to fall. With Liman in the penalty, ‘Mr Bullutproof’ ice the game from the free throw line.

His team-mate Dejan Majstorovic was named MVP, just a week after being named MVP of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2017.

By reaching the final, both Novi Sad Al Wahda and Liman (whose star Stefan Stojacic was the top scorer in Lipik) qualified for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Saskatoon Masters, the only one still missing for Bulut’s team.

After getting an automatic spot in 3 World Tour Masters (Debrecen, Mexico City and Prague) based on their #1 rank in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking at the end of last season, Novi Sad Al Wahda earned their ticket to the other 4 (Chengdu, Lausanne, Utsunomiya and now Saskatoon) by shining in challengers, these international tournaments which qualify 2 teams to the World Tour directly.

The Cedevita Lipik 3×3 Challenger was the only European-based qualifier to the Saskatoon Masters. As a result, 13 of the 15 top teams in the FIBA 3×3 Team Ranking traveled to Croatia for the event!

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Lipik Challenger highest ranked in 2016 season

International Basketball Federation (FIBA) confirmed Lipik as the highest ranked Challenger of the 2016 season at the Challenger organizers meeting held at the end of August in Lausanne.

Scoring criteria contained sum of players ranking points achieved by participating the world Challengers.

Sum of players ranking points in Challengers:

  1. Lipik 17,168,900
  2. Moscow 16,941,720
  3. Bucharest 14,889,020
  4. Abu Dhabi 11,868,030
  5. The Hague 11,310,740
  6. Sibiu 10,260,310
  7. Chengdu 9,259,030
  8. Lugano 9,220,715
  9. Berlin 8,906,290
  10. Penang 8,555,080
  11. Doha 8,118,880
  12. Shenzhen 3,771,030

Photo: Antun Ciglenečki