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3v3 Tips

Check out these tips to help you improve in 3s!

Rotation vs. Positioning

Switching your position on the field after your role has been fulfilled or if your teammate 
has a more advantageous opportunity


Having the game sense and awareness to put yourself in a position that will benefit the play


Position on Field


Key Roles for 3v3

1st Man:
Pass to team
- backboard or direct
Keep ball out of opponents 
Maintain team possession through passes / touches
Keep pressure on play, interfere as much as possible
Solo plays are fine but remember you have teammates

2nd Man:
Receive pass, keep pressure
Maintain high amount of boost
Prevent 2v1 against 3rd man - don't let ball past you
Handle short clears - positioned across and behind first man, and be around mid field
Read ahead of the play and position yourself to keep the flow of the game in your favor

3rd Man:
Protect goal - positioned 3/4th to mid field

Has significant distance away from the play
Keep collecting boost, don't always go for the 100
Clean up after first man and then become first man
More boost = you can be closer to the play, 60+ stay mid field

Possible Offensive Outcomes

Outcome 1:
Solo play or first man passes to second man and they score

Proper Rotation

Celebrate your Goal! :)

Outcome 2:
First man loses possession

Proper Rotation
Second man will abort shooting and challenges the ball

First man becomes 3rd man

Third man becomes second man

Outcome 3:
First man fails a pass and ball is pushed away from play

Proper Rotation
Third man will then come up to the ball and become first man

First man will now become third man

Second man stays second man and attempts to receive pass

Tips to Win


Everyone has their own ability to read the play and effectively cover the field. Lower ranks can cover less area than higher ranks. If you are too close to your teammate then your coverage will overlap making you less effective as a team. The more of the field you are covering, the less likely you are to get outplayed. 

Leaving gaps in your defense is one sure way to losing a game. Always ensure you’re covering your own position, opponent or least keeping track of him because that is who you’ll be playing against when play develops further. On offence though it’s important to get rid of your coverage so you can be an option for a pass or appear as an unexpected player and surprise opponents.

The Backboard

Knowing how to utilize the backboard, reading awkward corner hits and timing your jumps off the back wall are key areas all high ranked 3s players have mastered. 

If you don't defend with your backboard then your opponents will use it against you by forcing defenders out of position and breaking down your defense with their touches.

The moment you clear the ball using the backboard, it relieves a ton of pressure off your team by buying them time to reassess the play and to better position themselves.

Move Camera

Using your right joystick for your camera to look around can give you a big advantage when the game speed increases. Being able to see where everyone on the pitch is allows you to make a better judgement on what speed / position your next move should be

Never Stop Moving

In 3v3, momentum is everything. Slowing down can clog the play or delay rotations. You are constantly rotating. The second you get the ball and hit it away or get dunked, your primary focus is to cover the next position whether it be first, second or third man depending on which role you were fulfilling before.

The only time you stop moving is if you are third man and you are being patient back post until you see an opportunity to get involved. 

Play Passive

You don't need to be involved in every play; be patient and wait for your time to shine. When you are not involved as heavily, you can use this time to gather small boost pads around the field and assess where you should position yourself based on the most probable outcome of the current play. 

Pace Into The Play

People often waste their boost trying to rush to the play just to get there too early and be out of position

People also try to save their boost and realize they should have used it sooner. By the time they reach the ball, they are too late to make a good challenge or save the shot. 

Understanding how long it takes you to get involved in the play is critical. 

Mental Mapping / Awareness 

It is very important to understand how the play is developing both offensively and defensively. Possession can change at any moment, being able to think 3-5 seconds ahead of the current play with help you break the play down with the least danger to your own team.

3v3 is a very fast game mode. Most of the time you will not have the time to pull off fancy mechanics or anything that takes too long to complete. You can quickly get denied for attempting anything on the ground or in the air that takes too long to setup. Some of the long mechanics are. When performing mechanics in 3s, you want to stick to speed, precision and unpredictablity.

Recommended, Quicker / less predictable:
- 45 degree flick
- Air roll shot
- Bounce air dribble
- Double taps
- Quick touches to bypass defenders
- Single flip reset
- Shot placement

Not Recommended, longer / more predictable:
- Bounce dribbles
- Breezi flicks
- Chain flip resets
- Doomsee dish
- Double taps with defender on backboard
- Ground to air dribble
- Straight Air dribble

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Awareness Wins You Games

It is VERY important knowing when to rotate

It is VERY important knowing when to challenge

It is VERY important knowing teammates' / opponents' locations

It is VERY important knowing when to pass or hold the ball

It is VERY important knowing how to adapt to your teammates

This will take a lot of time, attempts & failing to understand and really realize the changes you need to make in your gameplay.

Visual Rotation Guide

Assume Squares 7, 8, 9 are on YOUR side, and Squares 1, 2, 3 are on your OPPONENTS' side


1. Same Square = BAD

- You should NOT be in the same square as your teammate - Doing so is a double commit

- If people are jammed in your corner, (Square 7 or 9) be patient and don't over-commit. Wait for your teammate to rotate

- You should only be in the same square if you're rotating or defending the goal


2. Same Row = Bad

- ONLY be in the same row as your teammate when on defense or when rotating back

- Bad: If your teammate is in Square 4 and you're in Square 6 or 9. The net is exposed. Either an unfortunate pinch or bad 50/50 leaves your net vulnerable to be scored against

- Good: Scenario: Your teammate is taking the ball up the wall in Square 4 and you're on the front edge of Square 8. Keep moving up-field as your teammate moves upfield. If they're successful in getting to Square 1 you should be around the front corner of 5 & 6. Be ready to either receive a pass but also be in a good position to turn around and defend if they're not successful


3. Stay Close

- The square you're in should touch a square that your teammate is in. If your teammate is in 7, you're in 4, 5 or 8

- Even if you're in different squares that touch, don't be too close to each other. If in 7 + 8, 8 shouldn't be near post

- Staying mid-field as "2nd man" is best - Square 5 touches Squares 1, 2, and 3 which will help you assist your teammate

- Going for boost mid-field (say Square 6) is risky when the ball is centered (square 5) because it opens up Squares 4, 5, 7, and 8 for a counter-attack

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Common Scenarios

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Scenario 1
Far Post

If the ball is in the corner, utilize far post-rotation until the ball is cleared. Don't be too aggressive, wait until your teammate rotates out of the corner, then you can put pressure and try to clear the ball. Don't challenge the ball if your teammate is there, stay back!

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Scenario 2
Ground Plays

If the ball is rolling up the wall and you have time, try and bring it back to the ground unless you know you can pull off a good pass or get a shot on the net. Staying on the ground is usually much safer and less risky than air plays

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Scenario 3
Early Challenge

The opponent is pushing towards your net and you're shadow defending as your teammate rotates back

As the closest defender, you want to challenge quickly. This can force the opponent to make a mistake. When you recover, rotate back behind your teammate or position for a pass

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Scenario 4
Bad Pass

If your teammate is passing to you and they have a bad pass, rotate back and play defensive. DO NOT over-commit and try and get a touch or shot you can't make. If you risk the touch and miss, you're now both out of position and will get scored on

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Scenario 5
Pass Awareness

If you're passing to your teammate, make sure that they know you are passing. Try your best to see your teammate before attempting to pass. If you assume they are there and they aren't, you just gave the opponents free possession 

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Scenario 6

If you see your teammate dribbling with the ball ON TOP of his car, near your net, stay in the net. You need to be behind him to cover any potential shots on the net. Don't go for corner boost or push upfield until there is no threat of a 50/50 going bad

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Scenario 7
Do NOT Center

Keep the ball away from the center of your net as much as possible! This is always a dangerous area

Always clear the ball to the corners / downfield

Even if you have to make an awkward hit, try to keep it out of danger

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