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Type: Sport Federation
Industry: Sport
Founded: 1932
Headquarters: Avenue Louis Casaï, 53 1216

Cointrin, Geneva

Country: Switzerland
Key People
Yvan Mainini, President
Patrick Baumann, Secretary General
Markus Studer, COO

The International Basketball Association (FIBA) formerly known as Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur is an independent association responsible for defining the rules of basketball and governing international basketball competitions. It is composed of 213 national basketball federations worldwide and its headquarters is located in Geneva, Switzerland.[1]

New gTLD Application

On April 25, 2012, FIBA confirmed its application for the .basketball generic top level domain name (gTLD) via ICANN's New gTLD Program. Its main objective is to protect the sport, its stakeholders and its approximately 450 million players and fans worldwide. The association partnered with ROAR Domains LLC and Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. to prepare its application with ICANN, while Minds + Machines will provide its back-end registry solutions.[2]


The main activities of FIBA include: [3]

  • Establish the official basketball rules, specifications of equipment and facilities, including the internal executive regulations for all international and Olympic competitions
  • Control and appoint international referees
  • Regulate the transfer of players from one country to another
  • Control and govern international competitions

The FIBA Academy

In 2008, the association established the FIBA Academy to provide world-class academic programs and ensure that all the athletes, administrators, coaches, event organizers and other entities involved in the basketball business worldwide will have access to an educational center that caters to their needs and updated with the latest basketball trends and developments. The programs offered by the academy include:[4]

  • FIBA Academy Manager's Programme
  • Global MBA for Sport and Major Events
  • Executive Residential programmes
  • Flexible online learning