3x3 for ORGANISERs

It's fast, it's exciting, and 3x3 is open to all. It’s speed and smaller sides means it guarantees more touches and more chances to score which makes it a great training and development opportunity for 5v5 basketball - but more importantly and a lot of fun in its own right.

And with less space required and fewer rules to worry about, 3x3 is suitable for anyone of any age or ability - and simple to host and run your own FIBA 3x3-supported competition using the digital FIBA 3x3 EVENT MAKER platform.

We've got some information, guidance and support below clubs, leagues, regions or event organisers looking to add 3x3 to their mix.



Who can play 3x3?

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 can also be a perfect fit for your club!

What do we need?

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.

Your club won’t need lots of specialist coaches to supervise activity, just a few enthusiastic, well organised people to get creative and run some  tournaments.

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.

The only things we ask are:

  • that you complete our 3x3 Affiliation Form* if you are affiliating a club, league, association or charity to BE for 3x3 basketball events.
    • Affiliation is £25 and will cover registered 3x3 basketball events from 1 April 2024 to 31 August 2024.
  • And after you've done that, register your 3x3 event with us. 

* If you're already affiliated with Basketball England (for 5v5 ), this will cover your organisation for 3x3 activity. Though the 3x3 affiliation form still needs to be completed.

The benefits of affiliation are:

  • insurance cover
  • BE 3x3 endorsement
  • event guidance and support
  • officiating support
  • social media and website promotion
  • 20% off equipment hire
  • 10% off the 3x3 collection on Basketball England's online shop




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.

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How can 3x3 benefit my club?

There is a whole new pathway for 3x3 and much like the 5v5 version we all know and love, there is something for everyone depending on what they’re after.

3x3 adds an extra layer of competition and can be tailored to suit all members. It also helps plug the gap in the current competition calendar for players of all ages to dip in to in a way they want to play.


Clubs can host scrimmage style sessions for existing club members as well as working towards games and tournaments that can be run on a weekly or monthly basis.

We know that 3x3 is fun and fast-paced and small sided games are proven to improve decision making and increase touches – all great ways of developing players.

Opportunities to play other 5v5 teams can require a lot of coordination but with 3x3 you can establish your own in-house competition and run the teams to suit you and your set up!


Do you have lapsed players who are short of the time or funds to commit to playing regular full court basketball? Perhaps they struggle for transport to get to and from different venues? There are no doubt a host of reasons you have heard from former players who love the game but have now drifted away.

3x3 is the perfect way to reengage those players and attract new one along the way. Anyone who watches 3x3, whether they love the game already or not, would be hard pressed to not want to pick up a ball and have a go – especially when you add music, the great British weather, and the fact you can play on your doorstep!


The availability of elite competition is on the rise with the likes of the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics now showcasing 3x3 – Basketball England will be on the hunt for representative teams and players who have what it takes to play at the highest level.

3x3 will also be utilised within the Basketball England talent pathway with ASPIRE players getting to grips with this modified version of the game – get your players ready to hit the court and make an impact.