It is the world’s number one urban team sport started off as an informal game played in gymnasiums and the streets. Now, however, it is becoming a driving factor for the development of basketball owing to its simplicity in terms of rules and required facilities. What we all know as “3on3” has official introduced by FIBA as “3×3” in 2007.
Three-by-Three (3×3) started getting standardized in the 2007 by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
In 2007, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) took the decision to test the 3×3 format on a global platform at the Asian Indoor Games held in Macau that year. Further test events were conducted in 2008 and the sport debuted at the 2009 Asian Youth Games with 19 teams in the boys’ tournament and 16 teams in the girls’ tournament. Finally, 3×3 made its worldwide competitive debut at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore with 20 teams in participation.
Following the sport’s success and popularity in Singapore, FIBA launched a full-fledged campaign to make 3×3 a stand-alone discipline with its regular tournaments.
On June 9, 2017, 3×3 was finally added as an Olympic event for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. As of today, the sport is officially played in 144 countries.