3x3 for Players

It's fast. It's exciting. It's going to be huge. Welcome to 3x3.

3x3 is probably something you've heard of, and is more than likely something you’ve played – but now it’s emerging as the go to version of the game you know and love.

It's going to be at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the upcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, so pretty soon there will be more people than ever before taking part in 3x3.

That means more scrimmages, more events, more good times.

We've got some basic information below for all clubs about 3x3, why you should get involved and what you need to do.

There's also some quick hit info and rules at the bottom of the page.

What is 3x3?

3x3, pronounced 3-ex-3, is faster, shorter, and even more exciting version of the regular 5v5 game. Better still it’s right on your doorstep – there's a reason 3x3 is the number one urban team sport on the planet!

Of course, as a player you’ll need to get familiar with how the game is played and run.

There are of course lots of similarities to 5v5 but the main changes are:

  • Half court
  • Shorter playing time
  • Smaller teams

All that meaning more games, more touches of the ball and more scoring opportunities!

What's not to love?!

You can play 3x3 anywhere. Indoor, outdoor, and you don't even need a full court!

There are so many places to play, and the best thing about playing outdoors, especially as the weather improves, is that you’re not restricted by cost or bookings, playing outdoors is free!

To find local courts in your area, click the button below. There are thousands of courts across the country, so give it a look.


It's ok, we get it. Where you play matters, and so does how it looks. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can improve your local court!

Firstly, check out #ProjectSwish. It's our hugely successful regeneration project, and by clicking just a few buttons, you can get some brand new nets, completely free, to put up on your local court.

We sent out nearly 2,700 nets in 2020 and 2021 is set to be even bigger, so click the button below to find out more.

If your court needs more than some new threads, maybe you can look into getting it renovated? The good news is we have an in-depth guide for that as well, so be sure to give it a go!



You can use any ball you want to play 3x3, but there is a specially designed 3x3 ball that you might want to check out.

Made by our official ball suppliers WIlson, the 3x3 ball is a size 6, but is weighted to feel like a size 7. You need to try it to feel the difference, but there's a reason it's the Official Game Ball of FIBA 3x3 basketball across the world!

Click on the button below to head over to our online shop, we stock 3x3 balls plus a selection of exclusive BE reversibles to.


3x3 is designed with participation at its core, but that doesn't mean you can't dream big.

As 3x3 is so accessible and easy to pick up, the idea of “Street to Elite” has never been more of a reality.

If you're ready to take the next step and go from just playing 3x3 to competing in it, the first thing you need to do is to get yourself a free profile on FIBA Planet.

This will help you;

  • Find opportunities to play.
  • Record all of your 3x3 activity.
  • Earn ranking points for yourself and your Federation.
  • Be registered to enter competitions with your friends or to help find you a team.

STEP 1: Head to the FIBA 3x3 Planet website.

STEP 2: Enter in the required personal information and create a unique password login.

STEP 3: Once all fields are filled in and the terms and agreement are accepted, click the SIGN UP TO FIBA 3X3 button at the bottom of the page.

STEP 4: Following registrations, players will receive a verification email from FIBA 3x3 to the email address entered on the signup page.

STEP 5: Open the email and click on the link to confirm your player profile.  Your player profile registration is not complete until you open and confirm the link sent to your email address.

Once you’ve created and confirmed your player profile, you can begin to accumulate ranking points from the FIBA 3x3 endorsed tournaments in which you participate.


Maybe you just want to beat your friends, or maybe you want to start racking up those ranking points on FIBA Planet.

Either way, 3x3 is similar, but not the same as 5v5 and there are some different playing techniques to be aware of.

We'll soon be producing our own series of helpful tips for 3x3 players, but for now, check out the hugely detailed FIBA 3x3 Players' Guide from the button below.



  • Half court.
  • 1 hoop.


  • 3 per side.
  • + 1 substitute.
  • Who? You chose – your game, your way.



  • 10 minutes long, or;
  • The first team to 21 points.
  • 12 second shot clock.
  • 2 point outside the arc, 1 for inside.
  • No break after scoring, the ball is live.


  • 2 foul shots as of the 7th foul
  • 2 foul shots and possession for the 10th foul and above.
  • Game tied? The first team to score 2 points wins.
  • The ball is checked at the top of the arc.
  • One 30-second time-out is granted to each team. A player can call the time-out in a dead ball situation.