FIBA Basketball World Cup
Window 5 of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers: Preview, scheduling, and how to watch the stars perform live. Window 5 of the 2023 Basketball World Cup qualifications will take place from November 7 to November 15, 2022, and will include French wonder Victor Wembanyama and famous Filipino Kai Sotto. Here’s everything you need to know when the 80-team field is reduced to 32.
The fifth window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying for 2023 has opened and will run from November 7 to 15, 2022. Window 4, which marked the start of the second phase of qualifying, saw four teams formally confirmed to compete in next year’s showpiece event, joining co-hosts Japan and the Philippines.
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At the conclusion of the Asian (and Oceania) qualifications, New Zealand and Lebanon secured two slots, while Finland and Cote d’Ivoire progressed through the European and African qualifiers, respectively for the FIBA Basketball World Cup. No club in the Americas has yet done enough to secure their spot, thus everything is still up for grabs until the start of Window 5.
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The nations who advanced to the second round were divided into groups of six teams. There are currently two six-team groups per continent for Asia (including Oceania), Africa, and the Americas. There are four for Europe. Teams will continue to play everyone in their group, home and away, during the fifth window.
For the European area the FIBA Basketball World Cup, the top three teams from each group after all games are completed will advance, resulting in a total of 12 nations representing the continent on the international stage. The top two teams from each group at the end of Window 6 plus the best third-placed team will earn their ticket for Africa, while the top three teams from each group plus the best fourth-placed teams will win their trip for the Americas.
The Philippines, as hosts of the World Cup’s “finals phase,” have already qualified, as is Japan, who qualified as host based on its rating on FIBA Basketball World Cup. This implies they already have two of the seven open berths for Asian teams (and Oceania). Indonesia, the tournament’s third co-host, will not play after failing to raise their rating in time. With Lebanon and New Zealand officially guaranteed, there are just three spaces available for those from the two continents attempting to qualify for the World Cup next year.
However, unlike the other continental groupings, the African area will not be participating in this timeframe.
The African teams last competed in a three-match competition in the fourth window in August, which means they only need one more window to finish their qualifying process. They will do so in February 2023, along with the other areas.
In most cases, the results of the first round have been carried over to the second round of qualifiers to guarantee that every match played is given equal weight throughout the process.