3x3 basketball will be right at the heart of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The 3x3 version of the game will take centre stage at an iconic new outdoor venue at Smithfield in the centre of the city. 

Our England teams will be there, looking to better previous achievements when the Men’s and Women’s teams won bronze in 2006 in Melbourne and the Women claimed silver at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast. 

It will be an opportunity to celebrate our sport - and shine a light on this exciting, accessible form of the game. 

Basketball England also aims to use the Games to inspire a lasting legacy by helping to revive and renovate amazing outdoor spaces across the country and make homes for basketball within our communities. 

What is the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, has taken place every four years since then.

As well as 3x3 basketball - in both running and wheelchair forms - there will be 11 days of swimming and diving, eight days of cricket, eight days of gymnastics and seven days of athletics, including the marathon a sectacular home Games.

The Birmingham 2022 competition schedule features more medal events for women than men for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, as well as a fully integrated para-sport programme.

There will be 286 sessions across 19 different sports and start planning your Games.

When is the Commonwealth Games?

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place in Birmingham, England between Thursday 28 July and Monday 8 August.

When is the Commonwealth Games 3x3 event?

The 3x3 tournament runs between 29 July 2022 and 2 August 2022.

Stewart Kellett
Basketball England CEO

"The Commonwealth Games will set such a brilliant stage for us to showcase our sport to the nation in this really exciting, vibrant form. 

“We want the basketball community to join us and for an army of new fans and potential players to be inspired by great England teams claiming more Commonwealth Games basketball medals. 

"Soon we will reveal our framework for the 3x3 game in England and how we will recruit players and specialist support staff for the Games. We will be engaging with elite players and 3x3 specialists alike to put together two great squads. We know we have the talent – between now and 2022, we will go about harnessing it. "

Myles Hesson
Birmingham-born GB captain

"Birmingham 2022 is a fantastic opportunity for us to really showcase basketball to the nation. 

"The 3x3 form of the game will be a really exciting and engaging way to show people this version of the sport and basketball in general. 

"And the idea of playing for my country right in the heart of my home city is personally something that is also very attractive to me. 

"Basketball England's aim to inspire the creation and renovation of brilliant outdoor places for kids to play is also something that is close to my heart.  

"I'm excited to see what we can achieve." 

Dominique Allen
Birmingham-born England & GB player

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games is an incredible opportunity to celebrate basketball and inspire a lasting legacy for the sport, the city of Birmingham and beyond. 

“It will be the first time that 3x3 basketball and wheelchair basketball will be at the Games and it will be a great opportunity to showcase the sport’s diversity.  

“Basketball England’s initiative to inspire people to create and renovate outdoor spaces for basketball is something that I'm really excited to see and be a part of.  

“I was lucky enough to be a part of the women's team that won a silver medal at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast and I have no doubt that the same excitement and success will be felt in 2022.”   

What is 3x3?

As an exciting, action packed, smaller format of the 5x5 game, 3x3 basketball makes its Commonwealth Games debut following a rapid rise in popularity from the street to elite. 

The first official FIBA 3x3 event was held in 2010 at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and on June 9, 2017, 3x3 was added to the Olympic Programmebeginning with the Tokyo 2020 Games. It will now feature at the delayed 2021 Olympics in Japan. 

In summer 2022 Birmingham will witness the quickfire thrills of the smaller format in full effect. 

The flag for the sport in the UK has been carried in recent years by organisations such as Ball Out, Bridport 3x3 and George Goldstone Charity 3x3.  

Soon the England national teams will be joining the party.  Find out more below!