How to watch the Basketball World Cup in Australia

Basketball has become a hugely popular sport in Australia in recent years, thanks partly to our obsession with anything American, but also our appreciation of the world’s best athletes. From the English Premier League (EPL) to the National Basketball Association (NBA), we love to see the best sporting action on our screens and streams. And for basketball fans, there’s the added bonus of the FIBA Basketball World Cup. So, how can you watch every slam dunk here in Australia? Fortunately, you have a couple of options.

How can I watch the Basketball World Cup in Australia?

Basketball fans can watch the Basketball World Cup on both Kayo and Foxtel, each showcasing the Aussie Boomers matches, as well as the best games not involving Australia. You can also see the best highlights and behind the scenes news and analysis via the official FIBA Basketball World Cup App. 

Basketball World Cup on Kayo

The new home of sports streaming, Kayo offers a number of basketball broadcasts, including the NBA, WNBA, NBL, and U17 and U19 FIBA World Cups. Kayo will broadcast Basketball World Cup games both live and on-demand, meaning you’ll be able to catch all the action as well as ensure you don’t miss out on any sleep. 

  • Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial. 

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  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
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  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

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  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
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min. cost $35 over 1 month

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  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
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  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
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Basketball World Cup on Foxtel 

For the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Foxtel has secured broadcasting rights for throughout the competition, including all Australia games from the knock-out rounds all the way through to the Grand Final. Games are available live and on-demand, allowing you to either stay up-to-date with the results, or catch the action in your own time. 

  • Viewers can tune into either Foxtel Now or Foxtel Go for all their Basketball World Cup action, ideal for those on the go.

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 App 


For those who can’t make it to the TV in time, or looking for additional behind-the-scenes action, the official app of the 2019 FIBA World Cup may be worth looking into, offering game highlights, live score updates and press conferences. 

Free to download, the 2019 FIBA World Cup app is available on the App Store and via Google Play, with allowing you to select up to three teams and 10 players to track throughout the competition, ensuring you don’t miss a second of the action from your favourite players. 

Those only keen on the highlights (or only have a few minutes to catch up on all the news) can tune into FIBA’s official YouTube channel for daily match reviews and previews.

What is the FIBA Basketball World Cup?

The FIBA World Cup is a basketball tournament played by countries that are part of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Founded in 1950, the competition has grown to feature nations from all around the globe, with teams now qualifying over a two-year cycle. Teams can qualify through:

  • FIBA Europe – 12 berths
  • FIBA Americas – 7 berths
  • FIBA Africa – 5 berths
  • Asia-Pacific (FIBA Asia & FIBA Oceania) – 7 berths
  • Host team – 1 berth

Teams will primarily compete for the Naismith Trophy, with new qualification rules also seeing seven teams qualifying directly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

  • The last FIBA World Cup was in 2014, but the competition will now operate on a new four-year cycle to avoid a scheduling conflict with the FIFA World Cup. 

When does the Basketball World Cup start?

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Played between August 31 and September 15, the FIBA World Cup consists of two qualifying rounds, before teams move onto Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, and the Grand Final. This year’s competition is being held in China.

The Aussie Boomers will play in Group H, which will see them face off against Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, with broadcast times listed below:

  • Australia Vs. Canada – Sunday September 1, 5:30pm (AEST)
  • Australia Vs. Senegal – Tuesday, September 3, 5:30pm (AEST)
  • Australia Vs. Lithuania – Thursday, September 5, 9:30pm (AEST)

Go Boomers!


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