What is the scoring system used in the FIBA World Cup 2023?

The FIBA World Cup is one of the most exciting events on the basketball calendar, where the best teams from around the world come together to compete for the title of world champion. One of the key components of the tournament is the scoring system that determines the winner of each game.

With just over a month to go when the Philippines, Japan, and Indonesia cohost the FIBA World Cup from August 25, 2023, speculations are at their peak about who will win the tournament. With the right mix of strategy, skill, and a little bit of luck, any team can emerge victorious from the tournament.

In the group stage of the FIBA World Cup, a total of 32 teams are divided into groups of four. Each team will play against each other in a round-robin format, meaning that each team will play three games in total. The top two teams from each group will advance to the second round.

In addition to the excitement of the tournament itself, there are also awards handed out to individual players who perform exceptionally well. One of these awards is for the top scorer of the tournament. The player who scores the most points throughout the tournament is given the FIBA World Cup Top Scorer award.

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FIBA World Cup 2023 scoring system

The scoring system used in the FIBA World Cup 2023 is simple and straightforward, making it easy for fans to keep track of the action on the court. Let us have a look at the scoring system for the FIBA World Cup 2023.

Points System

The points system used in the FIBA World Cup is straightforward. Each basket made is worth 2 points. A basket made from beyond the three-point line is worth 3 points. If a player is fouled while attempting a shot and makes the basket, they are rewarded with an additional free throw. The free throw is worth 1 point. In case of a tie at the end of the game, there will be an overtime period of 5 minutes. If the game is still tied after the first overtime period, additional 5-minute overtime periods will be played until a winner is determined.

Scoring Format in Group Stage

During the group stage, teams are awarded two points for a win and one point for a loss. If there is a tie between two or more teams in the same group, the following tie-breakers are used to determine the final order of teams:

1. Head-to-head record between the tied teams

2. Point differential in head-to-head games between the tied teams

3. Total point differential in all group games

4. Total points scored in all group games

5. Drawing of lots by FIBA

Scoring Format in Knockout Stage

The knockout stage of the FIBA World Cup is where things really heat up. The tournament becomes single-elimination, meaning that teams are eliminated from the tournament with every loss. With every win, the team advances to the next round in the tournament. In case of a tie at the end of the game, overtime periods are played until a winner is determined.

FIBA World Cup 2023 is set to be an exciting and unforgettable event, showcasing some of the best basketball talents from around the world.


Q. What is the format for FIBA 2023?

A. The tournament will be played in three phases: group stage, second round, and final phase. The 32 qualified teams will be sorted into eight groups of four (A - H), with the top two teams advancing to the second round. The bottom two teams will play two classification games to determine the 17th to 32nd rankings.

Q. Do NBA players participate in the FIBA World Cup?

A. Yes, NBA players can participate in the FIBA World Cup.

Q. Did Serbia qualify for the World Cup 2023?

A. Serbia became the 32nd team to qualify for the FIBA World Cup 2023.

Q. Who won the FIBA Asia Cup?

A. The Australian team won the FIBA Asia Cup.