Court and Ball A regular 3×3 court playing surface is 15m (width) x 11m (length)A size 6 ball shall be used in all categories
Team roster 4 players3 + 1 substitute

Note: game must start with 3 (three) players in FIBA 3×3 Official Competitions

Referee(s) 1 or 2
Time/Score keeper(s) Up to 2
Time-outs 1 per team, 30 seconds
Initial possession Coin flipNote: the team that wins the coin flip decides whether it takes the ball or leaves it, in order to get it in a potential overtime
Scoring 1 point and 2 points, if scored behind the arc
Game duration & Score limit 1 x 10 minutes, playing timeScore limit: 21 points. Applies to regular playing time only

Note: if a game clock is not available , running time length is at organizer’s discretion. FIBA recommends setting score limit in line with the game duration (10 minutes/10 points; 15 minutes/15 points; 21 minutes/21 points)

Overtime First team to score two (2) points wins the game
Shot clock 12 secondsNote: if a shotclock device is not available , referee to warn and count down the 5 last seconds
Free throw(s) following a shooting foul 1 free throw2 free throws, if foul committed behind the arc
Foul limit per team 6 team fouls
Penalty for team fouls 7, 8 and 9 2 free throws
Penalty for team fouls 10 and more 2 free throws + ball possesion
Possession following a successful goal Defense possessionRight underneath the hoop

Ball to be dribbled or passed to a player behind the arc

Defensive team not allowed to play for the ball inside the “no-charge semi-circle” area underneath the basket

…following a dead ball Check ball exchange behind the arc (at the top) 
…following a defensive rebound or steal Ball to be dribbled/passed behind the arc
…following a jumpball situation Defense possession
Substitutions In dead ball situations, prior to the check ballThe substitute can enter the game after his teammate steps off the court and establishes a physical contact with him behind the end line opposite the basket.

Substitutions require no action from the referees or table officials

Notes:*A player is considered to be “behind the arc” if neither of his feet are inside nor step the arc

**Official FIBA Basketball Rules apply for all game situations not specifically mentioned above

***Refer to 3×3 Rules of the Game text version for standings, default, forfeits, protests and disqualification

©FIBA, January 2014



For the full version of the FIBA 3×3 Rules of the Game, please click this link!


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