Freestyle football, also known as freestyle soccer in North America, is the art of self-expression with a football while performing various tricks with parts of the body. Similar in style to keepie uppie, kemari and the ball discipline of rhythmic gymnastics, it has become a widespread sport across the world and is practiced by many people. The official governing body for this sport is known as World Freestyle Football Association (W.F.F.A).
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Freestyle football involves competitors performances, either three 30-second performances or a single minute-long performance depending on the stage of the competition and the competition's structure. Judges evaluate competitors on six criteria: difficulty, originality, all-around skills, trick execution, mistakes, and variety. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with the hands or arms and such touches are considered mistakes by the judges.
Freestyle football has existed since the early 1900s, but it has seen a surge in popularity as a result of global advertising campaigns and digital media sharing. In the early 21st century, Nike began an advertising campaign which relied heavily on the freestyle form of football, including video clips of freestyle performances. The videos are called Joga Bonito which means "Play Beautiful." These advertisements featured famous players such as Ronaldinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Edgar Davids. Many link such mass media attention to the start of the freestyle craze. In the YouTube era, however, many previously non-famous players have risen to prominence, and internet searches easily yield thousands of videos by amateur "freestylers" around the world.
Some of the more notable freestylers include: Hee Young Woo (Mr. Woo) of South Korea, Séan Garnier (France), Pawel Skóra (Polish), Michal Rycaj (Polish), D-Eleven (Brazil), Azun (Norwegian), Palle (Swedish), Reynoldz (Irish), Beto (Mexico), Andrew Henderson (UK), Akim Kovalev (Russia), Ricardinho (Brazil), PWG (Philippines), Tokura (Japan), Jawad Blunt (Pakistan), the 5 time Guinness World Record Holder Victor Rubilar and John Farnworth, who appeared inin Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Also in the same year of Britain's Got Talent (series 3) Uefa Training Grounds skill experts Woody & Kleiny were the first freestyle double act to ever hit the programmed screens and the duo were branded by Simon Cowell as the Anty & Decky of football juggling. Men are not the only ones capable of taking part in the sport. Womefreestylersrs are very skilled and hold titles. Kitti Szasz is a 4-time freestyle World Champi onMelody Donchet won the 2014 Street Style World Championship and Indi Cowie is a highly competitive freestyle and a football coachch.
Freestyle has also become very popular in South America, with countries such as Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Chile forming freestyle crews of dozens or even hundreds of freestylers, some of the most important Latin Freestylers are Charly Iacono who got to the Semifinals of Talento Argentino, an Argentinian talent show, and Cristian "Rocky" Mayorga who came third in the South Africa 2010 Red Bull Street Style world finals.
Several freestylers have influenced the varying styles within freestyle football including Rickard "Palle" Sjolander, nicknamed the "godfather of air moves". Palle invented many lower body tricks which are now used by several freestylers. Palle's progression of lower body freestyle was enhanced by Pawel Skóra from Poland. Since 2010, the progression within lower body freestyle has been led by a group of around 10 "limit pushers", including Pawel Skóra, MP, Hasip, Ars, Mirko, Gunther, Akim, LKR, Ethan, Memo and more.
The movie In the Hands of the Gods promotes football freestylers. The film followed five lads (Mikey Fisher, Paul Wood, Sami Hall, Danny Robinson, and Jeremy Lynch) on a journey of a lifetime in search of arguably the best football player of all time Diego Maradona. The film became the largest release of a documentary ever in the UK, fourth biggest in the world when it came to screens on its opening weekend, was on show at the Cannes film festival and had a red carpet Leicester Square premier which was green AstroTurf for the boys.
Shortly after the Joga Bonito advertising campaign, Nike launched "Nike Football", a freestyle football competition on the internet in which participants could submit their own clips and receive feedback from a worldwide audience.
In December 2006, the "Masters of The Game" competition was held in Amsterdam and was won by Hassan Muxudin Ali. Nutmeg or Panna and other street football competitions have been held featuring street football players such as Edward Van Gils, Ismael Hamdaoui, and Jermaine Vanenburg.
In 2007 there was a competition in Latin America called Red Bull Reaction.
Also in 2007 Redbull futbol de calle was held in NYC's Webster Hall.
The French Arnaud "Séan" Garnier is the first world champion of Red Bull Street Style Soccer. The final of the Red Bull Street Style competition was held in Brazil In November 2008. Arnaud Garnier "Séan" beat out the other 42 competitors to win the competition.
The 2010 Red Bull street style was held in Cape Town South Africa April 24–28. The winner was Anders "Azun" Solum from Norway, who beat Kamalio Ranchod from South Africa in the final. The latest one was held in Italy where Kotaro Tokuda from Japan came first, and Daniel Dennehy from Ireland finished second.
|Year||Events||General 1st Place||General 2nd Place||General 3rd Place||Calgary Winner||Melbourne Winner|
|2016||2||Andrew Henderson||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Calgary Winner||Andrew Henderson||Michal Michryc Rycaj|
|Year||Events||General 1st Place||General 2nd Place||General 3rd Place||London Winner||Beijing Winner|
|2014||2||Charly Iacono||Boyka||Andrew Henderson||Boyka||Andrew Henderson|
|Year||Events||General 1st Place||General 2nd Place||General 3rd Place||London Winner||Dubai Winner|
|2013||2||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Lukasz Luki Chwieduk||Tobias||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Michal Michryc Rycaj|
|Year||Events||General 1st Place||General 2nd Place||General 3rd Place||Kuala Lumpur Winner|
|2011||1||Andrew Henderson||Gautier||Michryc||Andrew Henderson|
|Year||Location||Battle 1st Place||Battle 2nd Place||Battle 3rd Place||Routine Winner||Sick3 Winner||Challenge Winner|
|2018||Prague, Czech Republic||Erlend||Boyka||Yo||KVP||Krog||Kondzio|
|2017||Prague, Czech Republic||Ricardinho||Pedrinho||Erlend||Gautier||Ricardinho||Timur Alekseev|
|2016||Liberec, Czech Republic||Erlend||Tobias||Emil Källdoff||Gautier||Pavlinoff||Luca Chiarvesio|
|2015||Liberec, Czech Republic||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Erlend||Ricardinho||Gautier||M3mo||Tobias|
|2014||Liberec, Czech Republic||Pedrinho||Tobias||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Gautier||Pavlinoff||M3mo|
|2013||Prague, Czech Republic||Andrew Henderson||Esteban||Lukasz Luki Chwieduk||Gautier||Rocco||McPro|
|2012||Prague, Czech Republic||Andrew Henderson||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Gunther||Gautier|
|2011||Prague, Czech Republic||Szymon Szymo Skalski||Pawel Skóra||Andrew Henderson||Krzysztof Golonka Clyde|
|Year||Location||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|2018||Warsaw, Poland||Erlend Fagerli||Ricardinho||Brynjar Fagerli|
|2016||London, United Kingdom||Charly Iacono||Kosuke Takahashi||McPro|
|2014||Salvador, Brazil||Andrew Henderson||Charly Iacono||Erlend Fagerli|
|2013||Tokyo, Japan||Szymon Szymo Skalski||Charly Iacono||Andrew Henderson|
|2012||Lecce, Italy||Tokura||Daniel Dennehy||Gunther|
|2010||Cape Town, South Africa||Azun||Kamalio||Rocky|
|2008||São Paulo, Brazil||Sean||Yosuke||Murilo Pitol|
|Year||Host||1st place||2nd place||3rd place||Ref.|
|2013||Hanoi, Vietnam||Đỗ Kim Phúc||Đoàn Thanh Tùng||Miguel Angel Casanueva Hurtado|||
|2014||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Philip Warren Gertsson||Mohammad Akbari||Maximiliano Martinez Osuna|||
|2015||Jakarta, Indonesia||Kosuke Takahashi||Philip Warren Gertsson||Yuuki Yoshinaga|||
|2016||Davao City, Philippines||Philip Warren Gertsson||Yo Kamatsuka||Ardhi Andyadi|||
|Year||Manchester, United Kingdom||1st place Brynjar||2nd place Erlend||3rd place Tobias||
|2016||Copenhagen, Denmark||Erlend||Tobias||Brynjar||Anders Borg|
|2015||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Tobias||Maarten||Daniel Mikolaj Mikolajek|
|2014||Brussels, Belgium||Daniel Mikolaj Mikolajek||Michal Michryc Rycaj||Gunther|
|2013||Budapest, Hungary||Cristhian Casilla Escobar||Daniel Mikolaj Mikolajek||Djota|
|Year||Location||1st Place||2nd Place||3rd Place|
|2016||San Jose, CA, United States||Rodrigo Caballero||"Borgetti" Adalberto Lopez||"Tacho" Jhon Maldonado|
|2015||San Jose, CA, United States||Marvin Rodriguez||"Gio" Jovanny Gonzalez||Cristhian Casilla Escobar|
|2014||San Jose, CA, United States||"Gio" Jovanny Gonzalez||Fahad Al Braiki||Jereminho|
Freestyle football is divided into different disciplines/styles:
Within the above disciplines, the following individual moves are among the most popular:
Combos were introduced in early 2000-2002 and are popular in freestyle football.
Nowadays, the number of new freestylers is constantly increasing so is the number of new moves. Connecting freestyle football with break dance moves has become more popular recently and has given the name to the new style mentioned above - Special. It adds up to creativity in this sport and keeps it developing. This style of performing may be easily noticed in Japan but not solely there.
The following is a list of notable events and developments that are related to Philippine sports in 2016.Aylin Yaren
Aylin Yaren (born 30 August 1989 in Berlin, Germany) is a Turkish-German female midfielder, who currently plays for DSC Arminia Bielefeld in Germany'.Chidinma Okeke
Chidinma Okeke (born 11 August 2000) is a Nigerian footballer who plays for FC Robo in the Nigeria Women Premier League, and the Nigeria women's national football team. She was part of the Nigerian team that won the 2019 WAFU Women's Cup in Ivory Coast.Daniel Rooseboom de Vries
Daniel Rooseboom de Vries (born 12 August 1980) is a Dutch freestyle footballer from Gorinchem, Netherlands.
In 2008, de Vries came third in the Redbull Street Style Freestyle European Championship in Austria, later reaching that quarter finals of the world finals in Brazil. and South Africa. He even won the national Dutch championships in 2009.
In 2011 he decided to focus more on organising and judging tournaments instead of actually competing . Daniel is the head judge in both the Open World Championships and Red Bull Street Style 2012 and 2013.
Daniel has performed in more than 40 countries, including three cup finals, several TV performances and he is one of the main characters in the Football Freestyle DVD 'CERO2. He even starred in a commercial of software company SAP and is the face of the worldwide Redbull Street Style campaign. In 2012 has got his own character in the video game FIFA street 4. Daniel is also the Head of Communications at World Freestyle Football Association.He is sponsored by the Dutch clothing brands Montasoccer and Arise Sportswear.Throughout the years de Vries has created an own style with signature tricks like the 'clock' where the puts the ball on the side on his head, lies on the floor and walks around like a ticking clock.
Nowadays he lives in Sweden, where he is performing all around the country and he is a well-known street artist in Stockholm as well.F2Freestylers
The F2 Freestylers are a freestyle football duo consisting of Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove. In 2018 they began to film their most recent series series "F2 Finding Football" which is being produced by Whistle Sports and is a YouTube original, to be streamed on YouTube Premium. The pair met on the 24th of February 2010, and the F2 was formed.Freestyle Football Federation
The World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) is an international governing body of Freestyle Football. Freestyle Football can be defined as the art and sport of creatively juggling a ball using all parts of the body to entertain audiences and outperform opponents. It combines street culture of football tricks, dance, acrobatics and music to create a unique platform, which is enjoyed by audiences in every corner of the globe.,Indi Cowie
Indi Armstrong Cowie (born September 24, 1994) is a Scottish American professional freestyle footballer and football coach. She became an assistant coach to Anson Dorrance at the North Carolina Tar Heels when a knee injury caused her retirement from college soccer. Cowie had previously played as a midfielder or forward for Scottish Women's Premier League (SWPL) club Celtic and won three caps for the Scotland women's national under-17 football team.Cowie was born in Florida to parents from the West of Scotland. She was inspired to take up freestyle football after observing a demonstration by John Farnworth. In 2012 male footballer Lionel Messi picked Cowie as the winner of a global freestyle football competition tied in with the FIFA Street video game. As of 2014, Cowie practices her skills for one to three hours per day. In 2015, Cowie became the first woman to do a three revolution - three full circles around the soccer ball with the foot while it is still in the air.Jan Weber
Jan Weber (also Honza Weber, born 28 August 1986) is multiple World and European Freestyle footbag champion. He has been playing footbag since 2001 and since 2002 competed at more than 200 professional footbag events and performed at more than 2000 public events. He had gained his Master degree at the University of Economics, Prague and later became a professional freestyler. The biggest successes Weber achieved are 4 World Champion titles in doubles Freestyle footbag and 3 World Champion titles in singles discipline in a row in years 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Weber has also started to play Freestyle football in 2010. He was a member of the organising crew of the first annual European Freestyle football in 2010 and first annual World Freestyle football championships in 2011 and 2012, all in Prague. He finished 5th at both World Championships in one of the events called Sick3. He won the Sick3 event at 2012 Czech Freestyle football championship and won the Czech Cup in 2013 and 2015.
In 2010 he took part in Czech TV talent show called "Talentmania", where he managed to advance into the semifinals and perform a flawless routine there. A year later he entered another Czech Got Talent show with his Freestyle footbag doubles partner Václav Klouda. They impressed the jury members and also managed to advance further in the competition. In 2012, he again entered the TV show with his freestyle team called "Freestyle Union". In September 2011 Weber won the first annual Czech and Slovak Skittling championships. Later in 2011 he also won The Prague University talent show with his Freestyle Union team (footbag, yo-yo, Freestyle frisbee and Freestyle football). The finals of the show took place in the Lucerna Palace in the centre of Prague with more than 5000 spectators. In 2010 Honza (a version of Weber's Czech name Jan and his international nickname) met one of his heroes Tony Hawk. Honza performed in Hollywood at Tony Hawk's charity event "Stand up for Skateparks". Most of Honza's charity activities are connected with the Czech UNICEF organisation.
Honza also holds more than 20 Czech and World freestyle records. In 2014 he became a face for the autumn TIKI-TAKA campaign of Cruyff Classics, the sports clothing brand named after the famous Dutch football player Johan Cruyff. In 2015 he was featured in the Nissan "Truckerball" commercial for The UEFA Champions League. His skills can recognised in various other commercial spots, where he performs freestyle moves with objects such as a cell phone, golf ball, orange, candy etc. One of his official records is performing 20+ tricks with stopwatch during the Czech record festival in 2013.Jawad Blunt
Muhammad Jawad Aftab (born 15 April 1995) commonly known as Jawad Blunt is a two time freestyle football champion from Pakistan. He started his career as a professional football freestyler in 2012 and won his first national title in Pakistan Football Freestyle Championship. On September 8, 2016 Jawad was crowned Freestyle Football Champion by Red Bull Pakistan delegation at The Centaurus Mall Islamabad. He is currently ranked 37th in the world ranking of Freestyle Football Federation F3.John Farnworth
John Farnworth (born 18 January 1986) is a football freestyler, entertainer, and actor. He holds four Guinness World Records including the most
around the worlds in under a minute.List of sports
The following is a list of sports/games, divided by category.
According to the World Sports Encyclopedia (2003), there are 8,000 indigenous sports and sporting games.Philip Warren Gertsson
Philip Warren Gertsson is a Sweden-based Norwegian-Filipino football freestyler.
Gertsson was born in July 24, 1991 to a Norwegian mother and a Filipino father. According to him, his parents first met in Oslo in the 1980s. He first took up the sport of freestyle football in 2006 at age 14.He was the champion of the European Freestyle Football Championship in 2009 and the National Champion of Sweden in 2010. He finished 7th place at the 2014 Freestyle Football World Tour.At the Asian Freestyle Football Championship, he first won the 2014 edition where he beat Iranian football freestyler, Mohammad Akbari in the final held in Hanoi. He failed to defend his title in Jakarta in the 2015 edition where he lost to Kosuke Takahashi of Japan in the final. He once again won the title in the 2016 edition which was hosted in Davao City.He also started a YouTube Channel on 15 February, 2006 named PWGfreestyle, where he uploads vlogs and freestyle/football tricks.
Gertsson also works with Unisport, a Website which sells soccer gear. He also started hosting and making tutorials on how to freestyle and play football on Unisport's YouTube channel along with Jay Mike and Joltter.Soufiane Touzani
Soufiane Touzani (born 27 October 1986) is a Dutch-Moroccan freestyle footballer and television host from Rotterdam. He introduced new football tricks and because of this he became the pioneer of modern freestyle football. In 2005, he uploaded a video on YouTube and this became an international success with millions of views. The video also caught the attention of Electronic Arts (EA Games) and they asked him to perform the tricks for the PlayStation game Fifa Street. Famous football players likeThierry Henry and Robin van Persie watched his videos. Neymar even performed some of his tricks: Touzani Around the World and a trick called “New Shit”. His popularity rose and because of that he received invitations from several countries to show his tricks. He performed worldwide and the pinnacle was a performance with Ronaldinho in a full San Siro Stadium.Steve Elias
Steve Elias (born 7th September 1972) is a Canadian former freestyler as well serves as the World Freestyle Football Association President since 2011.,.Street football
The terms street football and street soccer (in United States) encompass a number of informal varieties of association football. These informal pick up games do not necessarily follow the requirements of a formal game of football, such as a large field, field markings, goal apparatus and corner flags, eleven players per team, or match officials (referee and assistant referees).Séan Garnier
Arnaud "Séan" Garnier (born 18 June 1984 in Sens, France) is a French freestyle footballer. He began as an association football player, notably for Auxerre and Troyes, but his professional career was cut short due to injuries.
In 2006, Garnier studied to become a football instructor and started a program of urban freestyle art gaining fame for his own style and skills. He was taught by the current world champion Benjamin Aw. In 2008, he was declared World Champion at the inaugural Red Bull Street Style World Finals in São Paulo, Brazil. Garnier combined music, breakdance, somersaults, various football and basketball elements to his routines. He formed his own team dubbed Street Style Society also called S3 Crew, which combines freestyle football, freestyle basketball as well as some other street sport styles.Garnier is sponsored by Red Bull. In addition to performing at freestyle football shows, he also practices this sport discipline in matches, such as street soccer, futsal, profutsal or panna. He is the captain of French profotsal team Massaliotes, and champion freestyle in particular with Mexico street football players.Woo Hee-young
Woo Hee-young (born November 13, 1963), also known as Mr. Woo, is a South Korean former footballer and freestyle footballer.World Freestyle Football Association
The World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) is an international governing body of Freestyle Football. Freestyle Football can be defined as the art and sport of creatively juggling a ball using all parts of the body to entertain audiences and outperform opponents. It combines street culture of football tricks, dance, acrobatics and music to create a unique platform, which is enjoyed by audiences in every corner of the globe.,
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