The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has underlined its commitment to bringing more women into the sport by publishing a comprehensive survey into the current state of the women's game.
The Women in Basketball Survey Report 2020, presented to FIBA's 213 National Federation members, was been commissioned to help in the tailoring of strategic plans.
In 2019 FIBA identified eight strategic objectives for the 2019-2027 cycle at its Congress.
Three strategic priorities for 2019-2023 were also set, of which one was "Women in Basketball".
The survey featured 130 questions which covered topics including players and national teams, clubs and domestic competitions, governance, communications, marketing and operational structures.
Conducted online, the survey was sent to all National Federations in May 2020 and completed by 172 members, with the collection of data finishing in November 2020.
The data received regarding competitions and National Federations' status referred to the season of 2019-2020, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The report found that 83 per cent of National Federations have a senior women's national team, and that 3x3 popularity is growing very fast, with 23 nations represented at the first season of the FIBA 3x3 Women's Series in 2019, with stops at 15 different locations around the world.
Also highlighted was the fact that there were 8.1 million fans on FIBA's women's events websites in 2019.
The United States tops the standings with 1.8 million licensed female players registered by its National Federation, with Japan, France, Spain, Australia and Russia next in the list.
FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis said: "FIBA is determined to promote gender equality in basketball and to use the potential of the sport to promote equality in its broadest sense.
"Therefore, I welcome this report as an invaluable input into one of FIBA's strategic priorities.
"We are confident that this work being done will lead to the implementation of concrete actions at a national and global level throughout the basketball community."