3x3 for Regions

There's never been a better time to get onboard with 3x3.

No matter what your region or organisation is looking to achieve, 3x3 can be the answer.

Any ability, any age, any player, 3x3 can get people active and involved in the game with very little space or equipment needed.

With the increasing hype and spotlight on 3x3, Regions, Associations and Organisations can play an important role in delivery great experiences for Basketball England members.

The smaller format is 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 talking about 3x3.

We've got all the info you need below to get started.

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!

A shorter game played on a half court with fewer players, 3x3 requires organisation but not necessarily “coaching” as players can rely on their 5v5 knowledge or basic instruction so they can make their own decisions and have fun.

That means it is easy to pick up, easy to provide, and easy to get people involved.

This version of the game is open to all. Don’t be fooled by the reduction in playing space and time, it’s a fast paced game that guarantees more touches and more chances to score.

With smaller numbers, less space and fewer rules to worry about, 3x3 is suitable for anyone of any age or ability.

Whilst there is always an elite end to 3x3, it is perfectly suited to beginners and players of all ages and abilities. That means it couldn't be easier to get clubs, schools and local players active and involved.

In short, not a lot!

3x3 requires organisation but not necessarily “coaching” as players can rely on their 5v5 knowledge or basic instruction so they can make their own decisions and have fun.

As a region, association or organisation, if you have enthusiasm, you're well organised and you love getting people active and involved in basketball, you'll be a perfect 3x3 organiser!

And then of course there’s the equipment, and here’s the easy bit – a ball and a local indoor or outdoor court – it really is as simple as that. And if you are putting on an event, big or small, you can hire out any additional equipment you might need, like shot clocks, baskets or playing surfaces at very affordable rates. 

Did you know 3x3 has a different ball to 5v5? 3x3 is played with a size 6 ball but, it weighs the same as a size 7. The smaller size makes dribbling, passing and shooting easier and encourages creativity. Want more info? Click the buttons below.



To create a tournament you will need a minimum of 4 teams, but that's it.

FIBA 3x3 have a great free tool, FIBA Event Maker which is a one stop shop for creating events, arranging fixtures, collating results and tables as well as tracking players & their stats.

It takes the heat off individuals to undertake admin heavy tasks so if 3x3 sounds like your thing, you should definitely check out how the FIBA Event Maker can help you!

Membership is free and sign up is super simple with lots of handy how to guides should you need a hand.

Each player has their own unique profile which records all of their 3x3 involvement and contributes to the overall Great Britain ranking. Teams can then be placed into your event and the rest of the magic happens behind the scenes – no time wasted on working out who needs to play who, it’s all done for you with the push of a button.

You don’t have to be a “professional outfit” to use the event planner either – it is for anyone to make benefit of the useful features. Anyone can use the tool and in turn become an accredited FIBA 3x3 provider.

There are also handy features for embedding registration, result and live scoring on your digital platforms too, meaning it's quicker and easier than ever for players to get involved and enjoy 3x3.




  • 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.



If you need any more support or information, get in touch with us and we'll be happy to help!