DISCLAIMER: This is an unoffical fan page for the three-sided football team Strategic Optimism Football (SOF). Our purpose is to promote interest in the team, the game that they play and their activities more broadly.

We are in no way officially affiliated with SOF and their representation. This is a site made by a fan for the fans. This is a non-profit website and all materials on this site are for entertainment purposes only.


UPDATE: — Following the culmination of the third and final ‘chiselling phase’ of their Nine Year Plan, Strategic Optimism Football self-abolished and ceased to exist with immediate effect, as of 31st July, 12 PC [2019 vulg.]* The following pages remain simply as an archive of their years of operation.

For more on their journey and their final self-abolition, see here.

*[Note: Due to discrepancies in Time Zones however, the above announced self-abolition of SOF is for the purposes of our social media and blog followers only, owing to servers operating on EST. Our true self-abolition will in fact happen a month later in Europe, following a month inhabiting the intercalary limbo between worlds, on a pilgrimage to bring to an end the Age of Divinity (from Botosani, Romania, Letterist messiah Isidore Isou’s birthplace, to Letterism’s own wellspring, Fazlallah Al-Hurufi’s death place and mausoleum, in Azerbaijan). The final self-abolition will therefore take place on the evening of 30 Aug, BST].



Strategic Optimism Football was formed when the nomadic, autonomous university, the University for Strategic Optimism, used the occasion of a three-sided football match in New Cross to announce its auto-dissolution. Simultaneously the formation of a new triolectical football team was proclaimed – Strategic Optimism Football was born.

The UfSO declared that it was triolectically inverting Marcel Duchamp’s well-known gesture of “definitively abandoning” art in favour of chess. In their case, giving up politics in order to play three-sided football. However, SOF’s first game was played under the banner of an international day of action against gold mining in the Roșia Montană region of Transylvania, rather casting doubt on this possibility from day one. Incidentally, it is a little-known fact that it was from this very game that one of three-sided football’s infamous tactical dissimulations – the so-called “Rosia’s (Triple) Cross” – obtained its name.

‘The Optimists’ play in a multi-coloured kit, apparently derived from a triolectical collision of industrial painting, occult magick and sploshing. They function as an open home team for all those with no home, where all the shirts read Blissett. They have gone on to contest the Luther Blissett Deptford League in the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons and sent players to the 1th Triolectical Football World Cup in Silkeborg Denmark, in May 2014, the 1th Triolectical Football World Cup in Kassel, Germany, in August 2017 and the 1th Triolectical Football World Cup in Madrid, Spain, in June 2018.

Click here to read what others have had to say about the magickal processes encoded in their kit and iconography.

To contact us directly – or if you fancy playing three-sided football yourself – follow the link and be transported into the psychogeometry of your dreams!





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