Basketball Champions League Americas

The Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA) (Spanish: Baloncesto Liga Campeones de las Américas, Portuguese: Liga dos Campeões de Basquetebol das Américas) is Pan-America's premier men's basketball league. Founded in 2019, it replaced the FIBA Americas League as the highest tier league on the continent.

Basketball Champions League Americas
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Organising bodyFIBA Americas
Founded24 September 2019; 12 months ago (2019-09-24)
First season2019–20
CountryMultiple countries
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Promotion toFIBA Intercontinental Cup
2019–20 BCLA season


On 24 September 2019, FIBA launched the competition, which derives its name and branding from the European Basketball Champions League.[1] The competition replaced the FIBA Americas League as premier league in the Americas.[2] The competition will consist of twelve teams, which have to qualify through their domestic leagues. The inaugural season is expected to start in October 2019.


As for the competition's format, the first phase of the BCLA will feature four groups of three teams each, with two qualifying teams per group that move on to the Quarter-Finals, which will be a best-of-three series. The Semi-Finals and the Final will also be decided in a best-of-three format.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Basketball Champions League Americas is launched". Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Basketball Champions League Americas is launched". Retrieved 1 October 2019. This is not a succession of Liga de las Américas, but rather a new product of our development project that will foster a balance between representation and quality.

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