Freestyle Football
Freestyle football
1 john farnworth.jpg
John Farnworth performing a freestyle trick in Singapore in 2011, where he broke two records.
Highest governing body Freestyle Football Federation
Characteristics
Contact Yes
Type Ball sport
Equipment Football
Presence
Olympic No

Freestyle football, also known as freestyle soccer in North America, is the art of self-expression with a football, while performing various tricks with any part 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 Freestyle Football Federation [1][2][3]

Rules

Freestyle football involves competitors doing a short performance of their skills, either three 30-second performances or a single minute-long performance depending on the stage of competition and the competition's structure. Judges evaluate competitors on six criteria: difficulty, originality, all round skills, trick execution, mistakes, and variety. Players are not allowed to touch the ball with the hands or arms (e.g. acts which would be penalised as the handball offence in association football), such touches are considered mistakes by the judges.[4]

Increase in popularity

Freestyle football has existed since the early 1900s,[5] 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.[6]

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) Victor Rubilar,Kamalio. Four time Guinness World Record Holder[7] and John Farnworth, who appeared in Britain's Got Talent in 2009. Also in the same year of Britain's Got Talent (series 3) Uefa Training Grounds skill experts[8] 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[9] of football juggling. Moreover, men are not the only ones capabn the sport are current World Champion Kitti Szász (Hungarian) as well as runner up Mélody Donchet and North American non-competitive but high level freestyle Indi Cowie.

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 Semi finals 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.

Freestyle pioneers

Several freestylers have influenced the varying styles within freestyle football including Rickard "Palle" Sjolander, nicknamed the "godfather of airmoves". 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 lowerbody 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.[10]

Freestyle competitions

Freestyle Footballers freestyling at the Red Bull Arena (Salzburg).

Shortly after the Joga Bonito advertising campaign Nike launched a freestyle football competition on the internet "Nike Football" in which participants could submit their own clips and receive feedback from a worldwide audience.

In December 2006 the "Masters of The Game" competition, 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 'Edje',Ismael Hamdaoui 'Issy Hitman', and Jermaine Vanenburg 'Vaantje'.

In 2007 there was a competition in Latin America called Red Bull Reaccion.

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.

List of International Competitions and Winners

FF World Tour

Year Events General 1st Place General 2nd Place General 3rd Place Canada Calgary Winner Australia Melbourne Winner
2016 2 United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj Calgary Winner United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj
Year Events General 1st Place General 2nd Place General 3rd Place United Kingdom London Winner China Beijing Winner
2014 2 Argentina Charly Iacono Colombia Boyka United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Colombia Boyka United Kingdom Andrew Henderson
Year Events General 1st Place General 2nd Place General 3rd Place United Kingdom London Winner United Arab Emirates Dubai Winner
2013 2 Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj Poland Lukasz Luki Chwieduk Norway Tobias Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj
Year Events General 1st Place General 2nd Place General 3rd Place Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Winner
2011 1 United Kingdom Andrew Henderson France Gautier Poland Michryc United Kingdom Andrew Henderson

Superball - World Open Championships

Year Location Battle 1st Place Battle 2nd Place Battle 3rd Place Routine Winner Sick3 Winner Challenge Winner
2017 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Brazil Ricardinho Brazil Pedrinho Norway Erlend France Gautier Brazil Ricardinho Russia Timur Alekseev
2016 Czech Republic Liberec, Czech Republic Norway Erlend Norway Tobias Sweden Emil Källdoff France Gautier Russia Pavlinoff Italy Luca Chiarvesio
2015 Czech Republic Liberec, Czech Republic PolandMichal Michryc Rycaj Norway Erlend Brazil Ricardinho France Gautier Mexico M3mo Norway Tobias
2014 Czech Republic Liberec, Czech Republic Brazil Pedrinho Norway Tobias PolandMichal Michryc Rycaj France Gautier Russia Pavlinoff Mexico M3mo
2013 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Mexico Esteban PolandLukasz Luki Chwieduk France Gautier Hungary Rocco Russia McPro
2012 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Poland Michal Michryc Rycaj Italy Gunther France Gautier
2011 Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic Poland Szymon Szymo Skalski Poland Pawel Skóra United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Poland Krzysztof Golonka Clyde

Red Bull Street Style

Year Location 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2016 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom Argentina Charly Iacono Japan Kosuke Takahashi Russia McPro
2014 Brazil Salvador, Brazil United Kingdom Andrew Henderson Argentina Charly Iacono Norway Erlend
2013 Japan Tokyo, Japan PolandSzymon Szymo Skalski Argentina Charly Iacono United Kingdom Andrew Henderson
2012 Italy Lecce, Italy Japan Tokura Republic of Ireland Daniel Dennehy Italy Gunther
2010 South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Norway Azun South Africa Kamalio Colombia Rocky
2008 Brazil São Paulo, Brazil France Sean Japan Yosuke Brazil Murilo Pitol

F3 Asian Championships

Year Host 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Ref.
2013 Vietnam ?? Kim Phúc Vietnam ?oàn Thanh Tùng Unknown [11]
2014 Philippines Philip Warren Gertsson Iran Mohammad Akbari Unknown [12]
2015 Japan Kosuke Takahashi Philippines Philip Warren Gertsson Japan Yuuki Yoshinaga [13]
2016 Philippines Philip Warren Gertsson Japan Yo Kamatsuka Indonesia Ardhi Andyadi [14]

F3 European Championships

Year Location 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Sick3
2016 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark Norway Erlend Norway Tobias Norway Brynjar Denmark Anders Borg
2015 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Norway Tobias Netherlands Maarten PolandDaniel Mikolaj Mikolajek
2014 Belgium Brussels, Belgium PolandDaniel Mikolaj Mikolajek PolandMichal Michryc Rycaj Italy Gunther
2013 Hungary Budapest, Hungary PeruCristhian Casilla Escobar PolandDaniel Mikolaj Mikolajek Serbia Djota

SISM - American Panna & Freestyle Tournament

Year Location 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2017 Mexico Mexico City
2016 United States San Jose, CA, United States Mexico Marvin Rodriguez United States "Borgetti" Adalberto Lopez Colombia "Tacho" Jhon Maldonado
2015 United States San Jose, CA, United States Mexico Marvin Rodriguez Mexico "Gio" Jovanny Gonzalez United Arab EmiratesFahad Al Braiki
2014 United States San Jose, CA, United States Mexico "Gio" Jovanny Gonzalez United Arab EmiratesFahad Al Braiki United States Jereminho

Freestyle tricks

Freestyle football is divided into different disciplines/styles:[15]

  • Lowerbody/Air Moves - This is the most popular with the new generation of freestylers. The ball is kept aloft using mainly the feet and legs. This style is considered to be the most difficult and the one that gives a multitude of opportunities to come up with new moves and impressive combinations.
  • Upperbody - This style is very popular in Japan and Russia. Most tricks are done with the head, chest and shoulders.
  • Sitting/Sit Down - This style has become well known. All tricks are executed while sitting on the floor with your legs in the air, and the inability to move after the ball greatly increases the difficulty of any trick performed.
  • Groundmoves - These are normal football moves, but then executed without an opponent. Skillful players can make the performance of groundmoves seem like a choreographed dance.
  • Special - This style has been introduced recently and refers to the acrobatic or break dance moves performed with a football that are becoming more popular in the freestyle football world.

Within the above disciplines, the following individual moves are among the most popular:

  • Around the World (ATW) is also popular; in this move, the player plays the ball off of one foot, and that foot then circles up and over the ball before returning underneath to play the ball again. It is subdivided into Inside and Outside depending on the direction in which you make the turn.
  • Crossover is one of the basic tricks. This move requires the player to kick the ball into the air by his trail leg, while the other leg goes around the ball.
  • Toe Bounce (TB): Similar to Crossover but without making the leap, letting the ball bounce in the foot.
  • Hop the World (HTW) is a famous move performed by pro footballers and freestylers all around the world. Kick the ball up with one foot, and circle the other around the ball.
  • Touzani around the World (TATW) is a favorite of most, It is a variation of an outside ATW and a crossover. Created by Soufiane Touzani from the Netherlands
  • Mitchy around the World (MATW) is also a favorite. The same as TATW except with an inside ATW. Created by Mitchell James Penn from the UK
  • Alternative Mitchy around the World" (AMATW) is a variation of an inside HTW and a crossover.
  • Lemmens Around the World (LATW) is a double ATW (you circle your foot twice around the ball in the air without a middle touch between the two revolutions).
  • Palle Around the World(PATW) is a triple ATW (you circle your foot three times around the ball in the air without a middle touch between the three revolutions). Created by Rickard Palle of Sweden
  • Stall moves involve catching the ball in a stationary position. Many freestylers are able to catch the ball on their foreheads, the backs of their necks, or wedged between their heel and the back of their thigh.
  • Combos are where one trick is connected to another without juggling the ball.
  • No Touch No Touch Combos are two tricks performed in one motion. For example Crossover ATW No touch (NT) would be at a ATW and bevore touching the ball with the feet you have to perform the Crossover. Crossover ATW NT looks similar to a Touzani around the World (TATW)

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 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.

References

  1. ^ David Goldblatt; Johnny Acton; Mike Garland. "The Football Book". Books.google.co.uk. p. 29. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ David Goldblatt; Johnny Acton; Mike Garland. "The Football Book". Books.google.co.uk. p. 29. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "Freestyle football in Russia". FIFA.com. 2016-07-23. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "2016 Official Rules of Freestyle Football Competitions". Freestyle Football Federation. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ "The History of Freestyle Football" (PDF). Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Brits lead freestyle revolution". BBC. 2008-05-23. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Sanghvi, Jahnavi (10 December 2009). "I get very close to the audience: Victor Rubilar". dnaindia.com. Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Ronaldo Rocket". UEFA.com. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 2016. 
  9. ^ "Britain's Got Talent". Retrieved 2016. 
  10. ^ "CaughtOffside Exclusive Part 1: In The Hands Of The Gods Preview". CaughtOffside. Retrieved 2016. 
  11. ^ "Do Kim Phuc wins Asian Freestyle Football Champs". VietnamPlus. Vietnam News Agency. 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ Hidayat, Rizki (15 November 2015). "Philip Warren Pesimistis Pertahankan Titel Juara di AFFC 2015" [Philip Warren to defend title in 2015 AFFC]. Bola (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "AFFC 2015". Asian Freestyle Football Federation. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ "Filipino-Norwegian wins Asian Freestyle Football title". MindaNews. Mindanao News and Information Center Service Cooperative. 11 December 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ David Goldblatt; Johnny Acton; Mike Garland. "The Football Book". Books.google.co.uk. p. 29. Retrieved . 

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