On January 18, 2024, the French Basketball Federation (FFBB) announced the creation of the Pro League 3×3 Hoops Factory edition, the first professional 3×3 league in France. Several matches will be played in Hauts-de-France at the Hoops Factory Lille, in Mons-en-Barœul.
After hosting the Open de France 3×3 FFBB in 2021, Hauts-de-France, a region focused on fitness, training, and performance, is gearing up to host a significant sporting event: the Pro League 3×3 Hoops Factory edition, the first professional-level 3×3 basketball league in France! This league is part of the official FIBA 3X3 international calendar and consists of 3 stops, including two in Hauts-de-France, and a final during the months of February and March 2024 in Toulouse.
3×3 Basketball, a recent discipline
3×3 basketball is a relatively recent sport. Since its launch in 2010, 3×3 basketball has seen exponential growth. It is a fast-paced and spectacular discipline that combines urban culture and athletic performance. Its inclusion in the official Olympic program since the Tokyo 2020 Games and the excellent results of the French Teams in international competitions have increased its visibility.
Two first stages in Hauts-de-France
Less than 200 days away from the Paris 2024 Games, the first two stages of the Pro League 3×3 Hoops Factory edition will take place in Mons-en-Barœul on February 10, 11, 17, and 18. This will be the first time that the FFBB organizes a professional-level international 3×3 circuit in France, with the ambition to establish it as a major date on the global 3×3 calendar. Twelve men’s teams and eight women’s teams will participate in this inaugural edition. The top eight men’s teams and the top eight women’s teams will compete in the final tournament.
What’s at stake? A total prize money of €136,000, important points in the 3×3 world ranking, as well as guaranteed spots in FIBA 3X3 world pro circuit tournaments (Masters, Challengers, and Women’s Series). It will also be an opportunity for international players to prepare for the Olympic qualification tournaments in May.
A not-to-be-missed event!
As you can see, this new event is one of the sporting highlights in Hauts-de-France. For all basketball enthusiasts, admission is free subject to availability. Moreover, the matches will be broadcast live on the FFBB’s YouTube channel.