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)
|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)
|Wuxi Challenger||Fountask||China||28-29 April|
|Melbourne Challenger||Basketball Australia||Australia||19-20 May|
Prague Masters (4-5 August)
|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)
|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)
|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)
|Sao Paolo Challenger||ANB||Brazil||tbc|
Quito Masters (22-23 September)
|Berlin Challenger||DBB||Germany||31 August – 1 September|
|World Hoops Penang Challenger||World Hoops||Malaysia||5-6 May|
Chengdu Masters (29-30 September)
|Nanjing Challenger||Fountask||China||21-22 April|
|Hang Zhou Challenger||Zhe Jiang Basketball Association||China||16-17 June|
Kuala Lumpur Masters (6-7 October)
|Huai An Challenger||Fountask||China||12-13 May|
|Ulaanbaatar Challenger||Mongolia Basketball Federation||Mongolia||2-3 June|
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.