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.


8 Comments on "The Anarchist-Marxist Sport Of The Future: Three-Sided Football"

  1. I’ll just leave this here.

    • Cortacespedes | Feb 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm |

      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.

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Feb 2, 2014 at 4:16 pm |

    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.

  3. InfvoCuernos | Feb 2, 2014 at 4:20 pm |

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

  4. Calypso_1 | Feb 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm |

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

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