GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Following the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men which concluded last Sunday in Istanbul, Turkey, FIBA has launched a new ranking system, the International
Basketball Federation announced on Friday.  The new FIBA Rankings now include five categories: men, women, boys, girls and a combined ranking that takes into account results from all genders and all age categories. The new system makes for a more accurate pecking order of the world’s basketball nations.

The U.S. ranks supreme in all categories, including the new youth
rankings for boys and girls which have been added in the new system.

In the men’s ranking, Turkey made a huge leap from 18th to sixth after
its runner-up finish at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

For the first time, the U19 and U17 FIBA World Championships for Boys
and Girls as well as all U16 and U18 continental championships weigh in
to determine the new FIBA categories for boys and girls.

“I am very happy to see these new and complete world rankings including
the youth categories,” said FIBA Secretary General and International
Olympic Committee (IOC) member Patrick Baumann.

“This is a great initiative and one that has been a long time coming. We
have to make sure we reward the countries that perform well in youth
competitions because the young players coming through the junior ranks
are the best investment in the future of basketball.”

“With the new system in place, we can see that the USA have overtaken
Argentina in the men’s ranking and now top all categories. This is a
reflection of the talent and commitment they have both in men’s and
women’s teams at junior and senior level,” Baumann added.

Here is a look at the top 10 in each category.

Top 10 – Men’s Ranking
1. USA

2. Spain

3. Argentina

4. Greece

5. Lithuania

6. Turkey

7. Italy

8. Serbia

9. Australia

10. China


23. Canada

Top 10 – Women’s Ranking
1. USA

2. Russia

3. Australia

4. Brazil

5. Spain

6. Czech Republic

7. China

8. France

9. Korea

10. Cuba


12. Canada

The women’s ranking will be updated after the 2010 FIBA World
Championship for Women in the Czech Republic (Sept. 23-Oct. 3).

Top 10 – Boys Ranking
1. USA

2. Lithuania

3. Serbia

4. Argentina

5. Greece

6. Canada

7. France

8. Australia

9. Croatia

10. Spain

Top 10 – Girls Ranking
1. USA

2. Spain

3. Canada
4. Serbia

5. France

6. China

7. Russia

8. Argentina

9. Sweden

10. Brazil

Combined Ranking (Men, Women, Boys and Girls)
1. USA

2. Spain

3. Russia

4. Australia

5. Argentina

6. Lithuania

7. Brazil

8. Greece

9. France

10. China

(With information from FIBA)

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