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 – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!