Three-Sided Football

Are your friends your enemies or your enemies your friends? In Three-Sided Football, it is sometimes hard to tell. For this form of the ‘beautiful game’ you need much more than just gazelle-like athletic prowess; shrewd diplomacy, compromise and the art of the deal are all what matter more.

Rules of the Game

  • There are three teams on the hexagonal field, each team has five players on the field with one reserve.
  • The match is made up of three periods of ten minutes each, with five minute breaks in between.
  • After each period, the teams rotate their position on the field in a clockwise direction.
  • At the commencement of each period the team playing from the designated goal will kick the ball into the air toward the centre of the field (each team has a turn starting one of the periods).
  • There is no offside rule in Three-Sided Football.
  • There is no penalty for time wasting.
  • A throw in is awarded to the team closest to the point where the ball leaves the field of play.
  • A corner is awarded to the team in the goal closest to the point where the ball leaves the field of play.
  • The winner is the team that concedes the fewest goals.

Tactical tips

All for one

Go it alone and defend your goal at all costs. Keep in mind that defending against a strong alliance is exhausting, physically and mentally. Continually outnumbered, man marking becomes impossible.

The diplomat

Negotiate an alliance against a common enemy then overwhelm your collective opponent with a strong alliance. Remember, that after a few goals scored in alliance with your partner, they might turn against you. Meanwhile, your opponent will be becoming increasingly desperate as the goals stack up against them.

The turncoat

Treachery might not be a dirty word in Three-Sided Football, especially if you can sow confusion in the minds of your opponents. You can shift your alliance to follow the flow of play but remember that the other teams probably won’t forget your questionable loyalty. If you offended everyone, don’t be surprised to find yourself constantly on the back foot.

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Three-sided football (3SF) was developed in the 1960’s by Danish artist Asger Jorn who used it to explain his concept of triolectics – expanding the Marxist dialectics and challenging the conventional football system.

  • The 3SF-field in Brunostparken during BS-2018, is made by the architects’ collective FFB (Tromsø) and the artist group Taibola (Arkhangelsk).
  • Two 3SF experts and ardent players, Owen Proctor-Jackson and Tristan Carlyle from the London club New Cross Irregulars join us to support and play the Arctic version of 3SF!
  • In the commentator’s box – Bjørnevatn’s own Pål Harald Hansen.
  • Each match with adult teams will represent thematic compositions that reflect current local and regional issues.

Match Fixtures


The north has prospered from resources on land and at sea – but this bounty is not bottomless. Who should be trusted to manage the dawn of a bright new future? Can more jobs, investments and resource exploration cooperate with the stewards of the environment?


Local and imported culture creates the vibrancy of the north – but does each group use different strategies to navigate the world of financial support and promotion? Who decides on what is important and where the investment goes?


In a border town, who are the locals? The nomads come and go – yet some have been here for centuries, the Russians have made their mark – in Norway’s Russian town of Kirkenes… but after all, this is still Kingdom of Norway. Let’s all work together, to create the ideal border society.

Commentator: Pål Harald Hansen
Referee: Owen Proctor-Jackson
Pitch Concstruction: FFB (Håvard Arnhoff), students from the Art Acadmy in Tromsø (Andrea Conradsen, Nicolas Horne) and Taibola (Ilia Kuzubov, Aleksei Maklakov, Nikolai Terentev, Daniil Vlasov)

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