The Anarchist-Marxist Sport Of The Future: Three-Sided Football

threeAmerican football it will be played in the Super Bowl is clearly a metaphor for the conquering of territory by force, a reenactment of the nation’s creation. Is it time for a national sport with different theoretical meaning? Wikipedia on three-sided football:

Played on a hexagonal pitch with three teams instead of two, it was devised by the Danish Situationist Asger Jorn to explain his notion of triolectics, his refinement on the Marxian concept of dialectics, as well as to disrupt one’s everyday idea of football.

The game deconstructs the confrontational and bi-polar nature of conventional football as an analogy of class struggle in which the referee stands as a signifier of the state and media apparatus, posturing as a neutral arbitrator in the political process of ongoing class struggle.

The first known game was organized by the London Psychogeographical Association as part of the Glasgow Anarchist Summer School.


  • Andrew

    I’ll just leave this here.

    • Cortacespedes

      Ahhh ,”cat’s rules” chess in full berserker mode.

      My move bat then?

      Nf12 (f=floor)

      First one with all their pieces either under the fridge or behind the dryer, wins.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    I love the idea. It’s one whose time has come.

    But I’ve kind of gotten used to the idea of just wishing everyone would lose. Like maybe the chopper cam would lose a blade and crash directly on the field, taking out scores of players, media and box seats.

  • InfvoCuernos

    hmm. So I guess everyone gets a trophy here? I would have thought that Anarchy “futbol” would have as many goals as players.

  • Calypso_1

    Still rather two dimensional. Make it three team Sepak takraw.

    • echar

      That would be lethal.

    • Rhoid Rager

      I’d prefer naked kabaddi with random audience participation.

      • Cortacespedes

        Random, naked audience participation in any sport is awesome!