3v3 Soccer is a variety of soccer played between two teams. Each team may only have 3 players on the field at a time (hence providing the name, "3 v 3", "3 versus 3", or "3 on 3"). This style of soccer is more commonly referred to as a "small-sided" game, as compared to a full game with larger teams. The field used is smaller than a regulation soccer pitch, instead it typically is 30 yards wide by 40 yards long, although these dimensions vary quite a bit when the game is played indoors due to the varied styles and sizes of indoor pitches. It uses a much smaller goal than full-sided soccer. In most 3v3 there is no keeper.
"3v3 Soccer" is claimed to be the fastest growing form of soccer in the World. Its greatest popularity is in the United States, where hundreds, and perhaps thousands of Tournaments take place each year, however it is also now begun to catch on in many other countries. Nike helped to popularize it with its international Joga3 Joga Bonito Tour back in 2006, in which teams qualified at local events around the World, culminating in a big 3v3 World Cup played in Brazil.
It is a much faster-paced and higher scoring game than traditional full-sided soccer. The speed of the attack, the use of triangulation, and the strategies bring aspects of Hockey into the game. The quick shift from one end of the field to the other after a goal is scored, or upon loss of possession is reminiscent of Basketball. It requires the blending of individual skills with teamwork. Its gain in popularity is largely because every member of the team gets equal playing time, and equal touches on the ball. All players on the field are a part of the play. Because of the speed of the game, and the fact that players are constantly in motion, there are frequent substitutions. A typical player may be rotated on six times or more in one game. There are no permanently assigned positions as there are in full sided soccer, giving each team member equal status and equal importance. This helps to develop individual skills.
3v3 Soccer Tournaments is run by people who love soccer and in particular 3v3 Soccer. The excitement and fast-paced nature of the game is a blast to watch and to participate in. We have been involved in 3v3 soccer in a multitude of ways as players, referees and on the management side of the tournaments. We wish to provide a one-stop website for all 3v3 tournaments going on in the USA regardless of the company running them. As mentioned above, there are four main 3v3 tours in the USA. If you didn't scour the websites of all of the different companies, you may miss out on a 3v3 tournament in your area. We hope to provide the ultimate 3v3 soccer tournament guide. If you have any questions, comments or a tournament you would like to see added, please go to our Contact page and let us know!