Forget The Olympics, Play 3-Sided Football in South London this Saturday!

This Saturday (4 August 2012) there will be a three-sided football tournament at Fordham Park between Deptford and New Cross in south-east London. The games are scheduled to run from 11am to roughly 4pm. You can turn up as an individual and join a team there or bring a whole 5-a-side team with you. Or just go as a spectator. There is plenty of information about 3-sided football online and I’ve also blogged about it here. The game is played with three teams and three goals making it more strategic than two -sided football-  if you want to know more check it out elsewhere by using a search engine or going to Wikipedia. Beneath is the information I was emailed by the organiser of Saturday’s tournament:

Based on response so far we are expecting between four and six teams and the plan is to play four games in either a round robin or a knockout – depending on team numbers.
It is our hope to play with five-a-side – though we will more than likely need to be flexible with the numbers. As well as specific teams there are also a number of individuals and pairs indicating they would like to come along – so I’m sure that either these guys will join teams who have arrived one or two players short – or they may form up into particular teams on the day.

  1. If we have between 16 and 24 players we will organise these into four teams, playing:
    A : B : C
    A : B : D
    A : C : D
    B : C : D
    The league table will place the team with the highest number of goals scored against them at the bottom and the least at the top.
    Teams will draw counters from a bag at commencement and the counters will allocate A, B, C or D to the respective teams.
  2. If we have between 24 and 36 players we will organise these into six teams, playing:
    A : B : C
    D : E : F
    L1 : L2 : L3 (three teams with lowest number of goals scored against during first round)
    H1 : H2 : H3 (three teams with highest number of goals scored against during first round)
    The league table will again place the team with the highest number of goals scored against them at the bottom and the least at the top.
  3. If for whatever reason we only get a turn out of 12 to 15 players we will still have an exhibition match (and hope others might be stimulated to join in through seeing the play in action)
    Game duration is going to be three fifteen minute thirds (rotations) with five mins between each rotation. Total tournament time thus four hours unless we play with six teams and have two games running in parallel – in which case two hours.

There is further information of the Deptford Three Sided Football Club website which you can find here. 3-sided football isn’t an Olympic sport and that’s yet another reason, as if one was needed, not to take Olympics seriously!
And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – – you know it makes (no) sense!


Comment by Original Sinner on 2012-08-02 19:19:47 +0000

anyone up for a kick about?

Comment by Darryl Mackey on 2012-08-02 19:41:40 +0000

soundz great shamw im not in London at the time

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-08-02 19:57:29 +0000

It will be great and much better than Olympic sport!

Comment by Peter Kent on 2012-08-02 23:27:01 +0000

And what about getting some games of three-sided chess going afterwards in a local pub over some drinks?

Comment by Noah Antdragon on 2012-08-03 00:32:48 +0000

I’ll be there in spirit; which hopefully qualifies for an immediate sending off…

Comment by Professor Plum on 2012-08-03 01:17:54 +0000

Forget the Olympics? I’ve already forgotten what I was gonna say after reading this post!

Comment by Thomas Nashe on 2012-08-03 14:50:55 +0000

Three sided football is a hard game to throw because it’s about the goals you let in and there are two other teams to not only compete alongside but make alliances with and against – another reason it is superior to Olympic sports! It is hard to game this game!

Comment by Ed Balls on 2012-08-03 15:45:19 +0000

I hear playing three-sided football helps you locate your third bollock too!

Comment by Eric North on 2012-08-03 21:24:07 +0000

What about playing two sided football with three balls?

Comment by Big Wanger on 2012-08-03 22:06:30 +0000

What about playing three sided football with three balls? More balls would speed up the game but if increasing the number of balls why not also increase the number of teams.

Comment by Danny Baker on 2012-08-03 23:03:49 +0000

Fordham Park is a dump – couldn’t you have picked somewhere nicer to play like Greenwich Park?

Comment by Frank Marsham on 2012-08-04 16:04:04 +0000

Who won?

Comment by D3SFC on 2012-08-04 16:59:46 +0000

In the end four teams played; Philosophy FC (red), polskich budowniczych (blue), D3SFC (orange) and New Cross Irregulars (yellow). We did the round robin, playing four games of three ten minute rotations. Scores were:
Game 1. R1.Y2.B3
Game 2. R1.O3.B4
Game 3. R4.O1.Y1
Game 4. Y2.O11.B2
So New Cross Irregulars just pipped Philosphy FC to the 2012 Deptford Challenge. A full tournament report will be posted on in the next day or so. @Danny Baker – Fordham was great – as usual (Its been ‘made over’ so maybe you were thinking of days gone bye.). We even had a full on sound system to pump up the pressure.
Next game is Sunday 19th August. 12.00. Fordham Park.

Comment by Kit Kitty on 2012-08-04 17:48:52 +0000

Can we have a team named after Christopher Marlowe in some future games – as he was murdered in Deptford!

Comment by Alex ‘Licks’ Nipple on 2012-08-04 18:07:14 +0000

I make that seventeen goals! Sounds like an exciting game!

Comment by Frank Bough on 2012-08-04 19:33:03 +0000

Today’s three side football game has to be the sporting event of the year!

Comment by Guy De Bore on 2012-08-04 23:10:06 +0000

And you played that game very close to Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College which is split into separate boys and girls schools. This is where BBC news reader Fiona Bruce studied for her A-levels – as did Susan Watts of BBC Newsnight and singer Katy B. The associated boys school has even more boring minor celebs as ex-pupils: Steve Harley of Cockney Rebel, Clive Jackson of Doctor and the Medics, Chris Lambert the sprinter, footballer Scott Parker, footballer, Shaun Wright-Phillips, and footballer Bradley Wright-Phillips, Peter Perrett from new wave band The Only Ones, Barnes Wallace an Inventor, Luke Morley and Danny Bowes of hard rock band Thunder, actor Rafe Spall and most weird of all psychic researcher Harry Price.

Comment by Monorchism on 2012-08-04 23:13:28 +0000

I’m gonna start a campaign to keep three sided football real by only having one ball in each game!

Comment by Mike Gold on 2012-08-05 14:46:04 +0000

Wot about 3 sided tennis?

Comment by mistertrippy on 2012-08-05 15:01:27 +0000

I think I’d rather see 3-sided boxing!

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