FIBA 3×3 Basketball Rules

3×3 Rules of the Game

Court and Ball

A regular 3×3 court playing surface is 15m (width) x 11m (length)

The official 3×3 ball shall be used in all categories

Team roster

4 players
3 + 1 substitute
Note: game must start with 3 (three) players in FIBA 3×3 Official Competitions


1 or 2

Time/Score keeper(s)

Up to 2


1 per team and 2 TV-time outs, if any, at first dead ball after 6:59 and 3:59 dead ball, 30 seconds

Initial possession

Coin flip

Note: 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


1 point and 2 points, if scored behind the arc

Game duration & Score limit

1 x 10 minutes, playing time
Score limit: 21 points. Applies to regular playing time only

Note: if a game clock is not available, running time length and sudden death score 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)


First team to score two (2) points wins the game

Shot clock

12 seconds
Note: 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 throw
2 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 possession
  • Right 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


  • In dead ball situations, prior to the check ball
  • The 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

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