Wednesday, 23 November 2011

End class struggle with three sided football

How would you play if football was three sided? Guess what! Three sided football actually exists and now I will tell you how to play it if you have a craving for something new at those football afternoons with your mates. Have a number of friends that you can divide into three teams. Take a hexagon shaped pitch. Easy as that! You might want to exploit the help of some traffic cones, chalks or stripes – you can spare some hours, days or weeks searching for a hexagon in your neighbourhood. You need to divide the hexagons into sixths instead of the usual halves and three of those territories have a goal. And there you go, score! However, scores are not kept. Instead, the number of goals is counted that goalkeepers cannot defend, and so the team with the least received goals will be paid a beer by the losers after the match (the beer is not part of the rule by the way). When you attack a team, the two attacking teams are joining up collaborating until the end of the attack, and then they might betray each other and join up with the team they were attacking a minute ago. As far as you can keep track of who you are with at the moment, you will surely enjoy this impossible game.

It is important to note though that may it seem impossible, there is pure logic behind the rules. Though the first known game was played in the Glasgow Anarchist Summer School in 1993, apparently, the idea comes from Asger Jorn, a Danish situationist, who wanted to demonstrate his notion of triolectics, which is a version of the Marxian concept of dialectics. According to him, the game aims to deconstruct the bipolar nature of football which can be a signifier for class struggle where the referee stands for the state and media, as a neutral judge in the political process of ongoing class struggle. Okey, theory is over, go, play and end class struggle!

Triolectique / Triolectics from Pied La Biche on Vimeo.

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