The founding members of the organization were composed of eight countries: Argentina, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland. At the Olympic Summer Games in Berlin in 1936, the FIBA named James Naismith (1861-1939), the founder of basketball, honorary president.
Since 1950, FIBA has organized the basketball world championship of basketball women’s basketball FiBA and, since 1953, the Women’s Basketball World Cup. Both events take place every four years, alternating with the Olympic Games.
In 1989, FIBA opened the door to the Olympics for professionals like NBA players in the United States. At that time, the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur became the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, but kept the FIBA as a shortcut.
The headquarters of the association moved to Munich in 1956 and returned to Geneva in 2002.
On the occasion of its 81st anniversary, the House of Basketball was inaugurated on 18 June 2013 in Mies on the outskirts of Geneva. This marked a historic moment and a significant milestone in the life of the World Football Association.
The Naismith Arena is a 1,000-square-meter exhibition and events space for basketball lovers of all ages, aiming to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of the sport. It displays a large collection of basketball objects, books and art and it is a place to honor and remember those who made the game