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.
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.
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.
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.