Basketball 3×3 is a variation of basketball played three-a-side, with one backboard and in a half-court setup and is considered the number one urban team sport.
The rules are very simple and designed to make it a fast, spectacular and exciting game. The non-stop music brings an authentic urban culture atmosphere, which attracts a new young audience. Each team consists of three players and one substitute. The game is played on a half-court with one basket and a 12-second shot clock is used. Every successful shot inside the arc is awarded one point, while every successful shot behind the arc is awarded two points. The winner is the first team to score 21 or the team with the higher score at the end of the 10 minutes. A tie in regulation leads to an untimed overtime period.
FIBA has developed a digital community that acts as a repository for all FIBA-endorsed 3×3 events worldwide and offers all players an individual world ranking based on the points earned by players at FIBA-endorsed 3×3 events.
Five significant steps in the history of Basketball 3×3
2010: Basketball 3×3 appears at the Youth Olympic Games for the first time in Singapore (SGP).
2011: The first FIBA 3×3 U18 World Cup is held in Rimini (ITA).
2012: The FIBA 3×3 World Tour is launched.
2012: The first FIBA 3×3 World Cup is held in Athens (GRE) with 24 teams per gender.
2021: Basketball 3×3 appears at the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo (JPN).