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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 FISU University World Cup - 3x3 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 2018 edition of the FISU University World Cup - 3x3

The 2018 edition took place in Xiamen, China from 15-18 November, when the tournament was still called the 3x3 FISU World University League. All schedules, results and other event-related information can be found here. Chinese university teams won both, the men's and women's competitions, with the women's team from Tsinghua University taking top honours and the men's team from Huaqiao University winning on their home court.

The 2018 Finalists

These 15 men's and 15 women's teams were in the mix for the title,  having earned the right to represent their continents at the  2018 FISU University World Cup - 3x3

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 and has now transformed into a University World Cup.


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.


Events from UniverSity World cup - 3x3

All 3x3 EVENTS