Endorsement terms and process

Any tournament can be easily integrated into the worldwide Competition Network thanks to FIBA's simple and effective endorsement process, providing the organiser with everything required to host a truly great tournament.

Endorsement grants organisers access to the FIBA 3x3 Event Maker competition management software and ensures them worldwide exposure and secures the right to use the official FIBA 3x3 Endorsed stamp. Organisers also benefit from in-depth expertise and best practices thanks to the 3x3 Workbook for Organisers.

To receive endorsement, a tournament must meet the following requirements:

Register all participating players in www.3x3planet.com allowing them to get a 3x3 player profile and be individually ranked
Communicate all tournament results to FIBA by using the 3x3 Event Maker.
Play according to the 3x3 Rules of the Game available at www.fiba.com/3x3

Eligibility and National Team Selection

Once a player has subscribed to 3x3planet.com, he/she gets access to the huge range of 3x3 basketball events from the worldwide 3x3 Competition Network. No player licenses are required.

They can easily assemble a team composed of themselves and three other players (also members of 3x3planet.com), find out which events are taking place nearby and subscribe to the one(s) of their choice; all of this from the same place: 3x3Planet.

Entry level events are of course open to everyone, while certain higher level tournaments see qualification secured through other events.

For participation in National Team competition, players are selected through their National Federations. Participation in National Team competitions is only open to national federations with a minimum of 3 FIBA-endorsed events held in their territory in the last 12 months prior to the established cut-off date. Besides the basic requirement of citizenship (and appropriate age for youth competitions), the only other requirement for players is to have participated in at least two FIBA-endorsed 3x3 events in the last 12 months. National Federations must register the athletes directly on a digital platform called the 3x3 Backend.

For more information about National Team eligibility, contact the 3x3 department of your National Federation.

As well as standard open tournaments (no age restriction), FIBA recommends the following age-specific categories: U13, U15, U18 (player is 13/15/18 or younger on 1 January of the year of the event) and 35+ (player is 35 or older on 1 January of the year of the event).


FIBA launched the FIBA 3x3 e-learning programme in November 2014.

This innovative education tool developed by the FIBA Academy with the FIBA 3x3 team is available to FIBA's member National Federations and the community of FIBA 3x3 organisers worldwide.

The programme is set to provide an important stepping stone for National Federations and 3x3 Organisers to further improve their knowledge and to develop 3x3 as a whole.

It brings together the various components of 3x3 to explain the used nomenclature, the rules of the game, the competition structure, player rankings and the digital platforms required to organise, manage and participate in the fast-rising discipline.

One major factor to come from the 3x3 e-learning programme is that the FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking points will be doubled for National Federations that have at least one staff member or administrator successfully complete the programme. This is an incentive for all national federations to participate in the programme and raise their knowledge of 3x3.

The FIBA 3x3 Federation Ranking is the criteria used to identify the teams qualified to FIBA 3x3 World Championships (men, women, U18 men, U18 women) and the Youth Olympic Games.


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