About 3x3


Following the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, 2011 saw the first 3x3 U18 World Championships in Rimini, Italy and a year later, the first-ever FIBA 3x3 World Championship was held in Athens.

A biennial competition, the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Championship took place in Moscow. Nanjing, China was host to the 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In 2015, Hungary hosted the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championships. This year, the Australian Women’s National Team will participate in the FIBA World Championship on October 11-15 in China.

The growth of 3x3 basketball globally now offers the opportunity for players to not only organize pick up games in the park, but to play in officially sanctioned 3x3 tournaments across the country. Through these sanctioned tournaments, now anyone can represent Australia in international competition by earning a spot on BA’s 3x3 National Team.


3x3 Competition Network

The 3x3 competition network is a FIBA-led competition system featuring all, but only, FIBA-endorsed 3x3 events, including pick-up games, leading among other events to the 3x3 World Tour and 3x3 World Championships.


FIBA 3x3 Qualification Process 

The FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking is the main criterion used to identify the teams qualified to the FIBA 3x3 World Championships (open and U18) and the Youth Olympic Games. It is based on the 3x3 Individual World Ranking.

The 3x3 Individual World Ranking takes into account the number of points collected by players in the last 12 months. National Federations are ranked according to the aggregate points tallied by their Top 100 nationals in the 3x3 Individual World Ranking in each category (men, women, U18 men, U18 women), who have a confirmed 3x3planet.com account.

The 3x3 Federation Ranking not only rewards the elite performances of the players but also the 3x3 activity in the territory of each National Federation. The position in the 3x3 Federation Ranking is driven by the number of players.

3X3 Basketball is a unique format of the sport that ties the participation base directly with high performance.

Event Organisers

Create an official FIBA 3x3 endorsed tournament by using the FIBA 3x3 Event Maker online platform.

In order to host a sanctioned qualifying event, organizers must set up their tournaments on the event maker platform to accurately record tournament results. All qualifying tournaments need to be played using the following official rules: FIBA 3x3 Rules | Score Sheet |Video.

Event operators also need to agree to all terms with Basketball Australia to become an official BA 3x3 National Tournament qualifier and have the opportunity to send a team(s) to participate.

For tournaments that will have a minimum of 150 participating teams and are hosted in at least 3 different cities, BA will provide:

- Resources to help set up the event, on the event maker and 3x3planet.com
- Referees - trained specifically in 3x3
- Social media channels to be used for promotions
- FIBA Oceania to lend portable courts to "BA nominated" events
- Opportunity to tie-up with BA high performance and Australian University Sport to send players for 3x3 World Championships

Event Participants

BA encourages all 3x3 participants registered for official FIBA 3x3 tournaments to create a 3x3 player profile on FIBA 3x3 Planet.

By registering your player profile on the FIBA 3x3 Planet website, your individual player ranking points can be tracked against the top 100 players in Australia. In addition, by adding your profile to the FIBA platform your points contribute to the overall country ranking points which allows BA teams to qualify for international competition.