The 2016/2017 edition of the DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana has been drawn by the International Basketball Federation. Along with the teams to compete the group phase, the organization also revealed the full schedule for the tournament, which will commence on September 21st.
As the second tier continental contest in South America, Liga Sudamericana is a hugely important tournament. Besides the prestige of winning the early season competition, the winner gets a berth in the top tie Liga Americas tournament that tips off in the New Year. This is the 21st edition of Liga Sudamericana and the champion of this year’s competition will crown a champion in December.
The Group Phase is split into four groups of four clubs who will play over different dates and locations. This round robin will be conducted over 3 day chunks throughout September. For each group, two teams will progress to the Semifinal Phase which will see the teams split into two groups of four teams. The second round robin will see one team from each group progress into the final.
“It is with great satisfaction that we announce this edition number 21 of our DIRECTV Liga Sudamericana that will feature some of the most renowned and traditional clubs in our continent. We are confident it will be competitive, high-level league with 16 teams fighting to join this historic list of South American champions,” said Gerasime Bozikis, President of the South American Basketball Association (ABASU). “It will be a great celebration and spectacle for the fans of our sport, the participating clubs and host cities that will enjoy the best basketball South America has to offer.”
Group A – September 20-22 – Host City: Comodoro Rivadavia, ARG
Gimnasia Esgrima de Comodoro (ARG)
Mogi Das Cruzes (BRA)
Defensor Sporting (URU)
Regatas Lima (PER)
Group B – September 27-29 – Host City: Valdivia, CHI
Deportivo Valdivia (CHI)
Weber Bahia Blanca (ARG)
Hebraica Macabi (URU)
Universidad San Simon (BOL)
Group C – October 4-6 – Host City: Barquisimeto, VEN
Guaros de Lara (VEN)
Bucaros de Bucaramanga (COL)
Group D – October 11-13 – Host City: Santiago del Estero, ARG
Olimpico de Santiago del Estero (ARG)
Gigantes Guayana (VEN)
Universidad Concepcion (CHI)