FIBA World Cup: Qualifiers draw set Tuesday

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The official draw of the highly anticipated 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. (Manila Time) from the Patrick Baumann House of Basketball in Switzerland.

The qualifier draw ceremony marks the tip-off as teams try to successfully navigate their way on the road to the 2023 FIBA World Cup 2023, which will be jointly staged by the Philippine, Japan and Indonesia.

Aside from staging the pool play, the country will be the venue for the knockout stages of the tournament, which was last played in China with Spain winning against Argentina in the finals.

Continuing with FIBA's new era of event qualification implemented back in 2019, the FIBA World Cup 2023 competition system comprises six windows played over 15 months across the four regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe.

Each qualification window lasts nine days, with the windows running from November 2021 to February 2023.

A total of 80 countries are left vying to be among the 32 teams at the World Cup and it will take teams a cumulative 420 games to get there. The national sides play home and away games across each of these event windows.

Africa will have 16 national teams vying for five spots in the World Cup. The Americas qualifiers will feature 16 countries going for seven places, while the Asia/Oceania region will have 16 teams in their qualifying games going for six spots and the European qualifiers will feature 32 countries with the 12 top national teams earning World Cup entry.

As hosts, both the Philippines and Japan are automatically qualified in the 2023 World Cup, while Indonesia still needs to qualify in the Asian Cup to secure its place in the 2023 event.

The event will be available on every platform of Cignal TV, including live telecast on One Sports and One Sports+ (Cignal TV 91 SD and 261 HD), with a same-day delayed telecast on TV5 at 10:30 p.m.

Aside from that, basketball fans can also access these channels for free on Cignal Play app, as well as via live stream on the Facebook pages of One Sports, One Sports+, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), and Smart Sports as Smart Communication is a global partner of the 2023 FIBA World Cup.