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Red Bull Half Court is back in Sweden: here’s all you need to know
Quick-paced and intense, the world's biggest 3on3 streetball tournament is back in Sweden. Stopping off in Göteborg, Luleå and Tensta this year is going to be bigger than ever!
Is streetball and the local playground always on your mind? Do you dream of taking your game to the next level? Well, look no further. Red Bull Half Court returns to Sweden for a second year running. Expanding to four stops in three brand new locations, this is the opportunity for you and your team to compete for all-out glory and a chance to represent Sweden at the world final.
All you have to do is sign up, sharpen up your A-game and hoop your heart out at one of our three qualifying events in Göteborg, Luleå or Tensta.
Click here to register for the qualifier events and scroll down to find out all you need to know about the event.
What is Red Bull Half Court all about?
Red Bull Half Court is a 3on3 tournament for both professional and amateur streetball players. The series tips off on five continents and in almost 30 countries in 2023, aspiring to become the world's most aspirational streetball competition.
Red Bull Half Court is fast-paced where it’s all about playing an offensive game and scoring bucket-loads of points. Players meet three on three on half a basketball court. Each tournament starts with a group play where four teams compete against each other. The top two teams move on to the next round. Teams then advance to knockout heats until two teams play off in the final.
The best male and female teams from each nation proceed to compete at the World Final in Serbia in September later this year.
What are the rules?
Okay, let’s break it down. Red Bull Half Court is about high-paced offensive basketball play where you can score buckets from anywhere on the court.
Each game lasts 10 minutes and the team with the most points at the end wins. You can also win a game by scoring 21 points, then the game ends even if the 10 minutes aren't up yet. If both teams have the same amount of points by the end of the 10 minutes, the team who scores the next 2-point bucket wins (but it will only give the team one extra point).
A win increases the team's "Own the court score" by 5. At the end of each group play the top two teams with the highest "Own the court score" advance to the knockout rounds. BUT WATCH OUT - there is a twist. The team with the most total game points after their group games gets 6 "Own the court score" points. And that can make all the difference if the group play is tight.
- Team: three players + one sub
- Game length: 10 minutes
- Game format: First to 21 points, or with the highest score after 10 minutes wins. If there is a tie, first team to score a two-point bucket wins (but it only counts as one point)
- Group play: Four teams in each group. A match win increases your "own the court score" by 5. The team that has scored the most points cumulatively across the games increase their score by 6. At the end of the group play, the top two teams with the highest "Own the court score" moves on to the next knockout rounds.
- “Own your Court”: A twist that rewards the team that has scored the most amount of points across all games in their group increasing their "Own the court score" by six. This means that it's not necessarily the team that has won most games that moves on to the next round.
- Rulebook: Click here
Where are the Swedish qualifiers and final?
There are three Swedish qualifier events and one national final:
Registration opens at 10-11.30 and the whole team has to be there to register. Don't be late! First game starts at 12.00.
More info about the qualifiers - kit, times, parking, food, etc. can be found on the event page.
You have to be 16 years or older to compete. All players under 18 years need to have their Participant Disclaimer signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the event.
You register over on the Red Bull Half Court event website.
What happened during the Swedish 2022 qualifiers and final?
2022 was the first-ever Red Bull Half Court tournament in Sweden and both players and spectators enjoyed the fast-paced 3on3 concept. Two qualifier events in Tensta and Kungsträdgåden saw the top teams move on to the big final held in the middle of Stockholm city.
Intense games, constantly growing crowds and two colourful pitches transformed Kungsträdgården in Stockholm City into a basketball party. In the women's category, team Bandana Split played an intense and powerful game throughout the tournament, improving their tactics with each match taking the win by a good margin. On the men’s side, after an intense and nerve-thrilling final, team PWO managed to snatch the win away from the favourites team Babas at the very last moment.
Both teams went on to represent Sweden at the world final in Cairo, Egypt.