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3x3 Basketball on Campus

It’s global. It’s urban. It’s a show. With 3x3 making quite an entrance to the FISU sports programme, the 3x3 FISU World University League has found a rightful home on the university campus. Students and student-athletes alike are helping take the game to new heights.


The beauty of 3x3 Basketball comes from its simplicity. The game is played on half a court, with one hoop. There’s no halftime, no quarters, and the energy the players are putting out are always pegged at maximum. The games are played outdoors, surrounded by music, entertainment and cheering fans. 3x3 Basketball is a game anyone can play, anywhere in the world.  


The sport is tailor-made for university students. Each game lasts a maximum of 10 minutes. There’s a 12-second shot clock, ensuring teams take risks by  attacking the rim and launching shots deep beyond the perimeter.


The teams to beat in 2018

The 2018 edition takes place in Xiamen, China from 15-18 November. All schedules, results and other event-related information can be found on the official website here. The two 2017 champions are looking to defend their title at the upcoming edition of the 3x3 FISU World University League… 


Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute (MGL)

Chinese Culture University (TPE)

In the hunt

…while these 15 men's and 15 women's teams will be trying to dethrone the champions in Xiamen at the 3x3 FISU World University League:

3x3 Women's Teams - 2018 Finals


History of 3x3 Basketball as a FISU Sports Event

With all the sports options out there, why did FISU decide to start the World University League concept back in 2015 with 3x3 Basketball? That’s easy: 3x3 Basketball is where culture, sport and innovation collide.


With teams composed of three players, plus one possible substitute, it is easy to field a team — especially on the university campus. Its just players hooping it up as no coaching is allowed during a competition.


There is not even a mandatory surface; a tournament can take place on concrete, asphalt, an existing or a temporary court. Bringing sport into the center of university campus life was the goal FISU set out to achieve with the event. The League has delivered.


With FISU and FIBA leading the way for 3x3 in sport delivery and innovation, the game is already the world’s most popular urban team sport.


More on the start of 3x3 Basketball at FISU

FISU's history in the 3x3 game goes back to just about the official start of the sport in 2010; both the first and second World University 3x3 Basketball Championships were attributed in May 2011 to the University Sports Federation of Serbia and of Brazil, respectively . In 2012 the championship took place in Kragujevac (SRB) and in 2014 in Salvador (BRA). Since this start, FISU has played an active and role in promoting 3x3 Basketball around the globe.


3x3 Basketball - Finals in 2017

After four days and seven games, two university 3x3 teams strode to centre court to accept the individual medals and team trophy bestowed upon the victors of the 3x3 FISU World University League finals. The two teams, though, took different paths to the title.


In Xiamen, the winning continued as the Chinese Culture University ran the table from preliminaries to finals. To take the title, the team defeated the University of Regina 21:12 in the final.


Mon-Altius Physical Education Institute, meanwhile, took a more circuitous route to the 2017 Men’s title. The Mongolian team lost their first two games in the preliminary pool play before finding their groove in the knock out rounds. Mon-Altius made an inspired run to the championship, defeating the University of Kragujevac of Serbia 21 : 17 in the finals.


FIBA’s Secretary General Patrick Baumann said he’s “very happy” with FISU’s work in developing the sport of basketball, particularly 3x3. “It’s very cool. We’ve been working on this for about 10 years. (FISU) brings together the best teams, with a very high level of competition.


“FISU was very fast to jump on the train to help organize 3x3 since basically the beginning,” Baumann added. “It’s the perfect game for university students.”

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