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The Freestyle Football Federation (F3) is committed to growing awareness of and participation in freestyle football worldwide. Anyone can get into freestyle football – all you need is a ball! It is the art and sport of juggling a football using all parts of the body to entertain audiences and outperform opponents in competitions.
The Federation has been established upon a backbone of community development and education. This means we recognise the power this exciting sport has to inspire healthy active lifestyles for young people all over the world. Aside from growing the sport as a full time profession for the athletes, F3 are committed to teaching key life skills, nutrition and academics through freestyle football.
As world governing body for the sport of freestyle football, F3 own the World Freestyle Football Championships (see F3 World Tour here) and have created a support structure that allows anyone to pick up a ball and not only enjoy the sport, but also develop their own pathway to becoming a professional. Events and activities are organised all over the world within the F3 network.
There are 93 country members in the network, which means a registered group of people and organisations in 93 countries of the world are committed to growing freestyle football as a sport in its own right and to delivering the social opportunity throught the sport too.
Whilst there are just over 4000 freestyle football athletes in the world right now, the total number of people who participate and enjoy freestyle football is estimated at over 400 million. Freestyle Football is a completely different discipline to football (soccer), however everyone who plays mainstream football will juggle with the ball at some stage and this can be recognised as the foundations for freestyle football.
Freestyle Football has something for everyone. It is a sport that allows males and females equal rights and that absolutely anyone can enjoy from whatever environment they find themselves in. Freestyle Football Federation was founded to make sure everyone gets chance to be recognized as part of the community.
The Freestyle Football Federation is a non-profit organisation registered in the UK (Company number 7592916) on 5th April 2011.
Football Freestyle is the art of doing tricks with a football. However if you scratch the surface you'll soon discover that it's more than just tricks. For freestylers today it's an art form, a sport and a lifestyle. It's difficult to pin point the exact moment in time where freestyle truly began. The skill of balancing has been used for thousands of years - but where football freestyle really began to form was in the 20th century. When you think about fundamental freestyle tricks, the 'Neck Stall' and 'Around The World' stick out in everyone's mind. These were first performed over 100 years ago by circus performers such as Enrico Rastelli and Francis Brunn. If you watch videos of their performances today you can see many similarities to every modern day freestyler.
Despite the tricks, this was not 'football freestyle' - it was juggling. It wasn't until the 1980’s that freestyle became strongly associated to football. Diego Maradona, probably the best footballer in the world at that time, was the first person to perform these fundamental moves on a global stage and this pushed football freestyle into existence. Mr Woo and Kang Sung Min, two South Korean freestylers, would train with a football for up to 8 hours a day developing this new found art form. Later it was Mr Woo who carried football freestyle through the nineties virtually alone, showcasing new tricks such as sole juggling to audiences all over the world.
Even then, football freestyle was considered a novelty and only practiced by a handful of people across the globe. For football freestyle to develop it needed another push. At the beginning of the new millennium several significant events helped propel football freestyle into a new era, giving it an identity for the first time. Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho starred in Nike commercials, alongside Mr Woo, which glamorised freestyle. Soufiane Touzani, from the Netherlands introduced a new style of lower tricks and thanks to the internet and fast developing mobile industry these videos travelled like wild fire. Suddenly everybody knew what football freestyle was. This inspired millions and football freestyle as we know it began.
Now globally known as football freestyle, a sport was born. Freestylers began to realise that there were no rules and no limitations. Different styles were developed such as; lowers, uppers, sitdowns, grounds and blocking. Because of the huge influx of newcomers to the sport, there was a sudden urgency to leave your own mark on the culture, meaning that the difficulty and level quickly rose. The next step for football freestyle to continue evolving and developing was to host live competitions. Battling one on one for national, continental and world titles would give freestylers a new sense of meaning to their daily training. The first major competition of this kind was Red Bull Street Style in 2008, which was hosted in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Sean Garnier won this competition with a style and look that hadn’t been seen in the public eye before. All of this meant that football freestyle was becoming a sport in its own right.
In 2011 the Freestyle Football Federation (F3) was established in the UK. It was created by leading freestylers and personnel from within the scene to develop support and structure for this exciting culture and sport.officially formed.
Super Ball; the first 'open' world championship, where anybody can compete opened up the competitive side of the sport to new possibilities. It created competitions within the event, which would cater for freestylers with ranging styles, recognising that there is not just one true way to judge a freestyler. It was and is a competition for freestylers, by freestylers. Super Ball is now an annual event hosted in the Czech Republic and has become somewhat of an annual pilgrimage for freestylers from all corners of the world to come together and celebrate the culture and progress of football freestyle.
EF3 - European Freestyle Football Federation
NAF3 - North American Freestyle Football Federation
SAF3 - South American Freestyle Football Federation
AF3 - Asian Freestyle Football Federation
F3A - Freestyle Football Federation Africa
OF3 - Oceania Freestyle Football Federation Inc
This document outlines the core components and official rules of freestyle football competitions that are acknowledged by the Freestyle Football Federation (F3).
This should be seen as the basic minimum requirements for any event worldwide, although they can be altered to suit the needs of non‐official events (events in which no world rankings points are available) if appropriate.
Modifications to these rules may be published throughout the year after the Rules Committee Meeting. Headlines will be posted in Modifications on the Contents page. You should always check back in this document prior to your event.
Rules Meetings: Last Friday of month in April & August
|Event type||Winner||Final||Semifinal||Quarterfinal||Top 16||Elimination||Entry|
|3||Philip Warren Gertsson||PWG||Philippines||180||0||0||180|
|3||Ricardo Fabiano De Araújo||Ricardinho||Brazil||180||0||0||180|
|4||Esteban Hernandez Acosta||Pantera||Mexico||90||0||0||90|
|4||Pedro Oliveira Duarte||Pedrinho||Brazil||90||0||0||90|
|5||Tom Folan||TF||United Kingdom||45||0||0||45|
|5||Jonathan Amot Olsen||Olsen||Norway||45||0||0||45|
|5||Tobias Brandal Busaet||Tobias||Norway||45||0||0||45|
|8||Maarten van Luit||Netherlands||20||0||0||20|
|8||Anders Borg Petersen||Borg||Denmark||20||0||0||20|
|9||Soufiane El Marnissi||Bencok||Belgium||10||0||0||10|
|10||Conor McCarthy||United Kingdom||5||0||0||5|
|10||Fahad al Braiki||UAE||5||0||0||5|
|10||Loco Naif Sahabi||Saudi Arabia||5||0||0||5|
|10||Nayib de la Rosa||Mexico||5||0||0||5|
|10||Petr Karásek||Kari||Czech republic||5||0||0||5|
|10||Kerron Ford||Trinidad & Tobago||5||0||0||5|
|10||Kristian Bruun Nielsen||Bruun||Denmark||5||0||0||5|
|10||Simon Atli Larsen||Simon||Denmark||5||0||0||5|
|10||Guido van Moorselaar||Netherlands||5||0||0||5|
|10||Jamie Knight||Jamie||United Kingdom||5||0||0||5|
|10||Javier Sanz Aguilar||Javi||Spain||5||0||0||5|
|11||Riku Oskari Kosonen||Kozzu||Finland||1||0||0||1|
|11||Kevin van den Berg||Kefs||Netherlands||1||0||0||1|
|11||Juan Carlos Tovar||Juancar||Spain||1||0||0||1|
|11||Viktor Moješčík||Czech republic||1||0||0||1|
|11||Andrew Munday||United Kingdom||1||0||0||1|
|11||Antti Juhani Lähtevänoja||Laehtis||Finland||1||0||0||1|
|11||Ashley Floorise Mkhize||Floorise||South Africa||1||0||0||1|
|11||Lorenz Marius Klevens||LMK||Norway||1||0||0||1|
|11||Clément Reubrecht||Clem Keym||France||1||0||0||1|
|11||Tom Budding||Budz||United Kingdom||1||0||0||1|
|11||Lukáš Munka||Sashite||Czech republic||1||0||0||1|
|11||Stephen Gray||United Kingdom||1||0||0||1|
|11||Nidal El Rhali||Italy||1||0||0||1|
|11||Tommaso Daigoro De Bernardi||Daigor||Italy||1||0||0||1|
|11||Daniel Kristian Kjellman||Kjelkku||Finland||1||0||0||1|
|11||Damian Thomson||New Zealand||1||0||0||1|
|11||Gavin Mckinney||United Kingdom||1||0||0||1|
For anyone organizing an event, make sure you email firstname.lastname@example.org to register it on the world freestyle calendar. F3 is keen to support and promote all events in the sport/art of freestyle football, so even if your event cannot be classified to qualify for world ranking point, we could still help.
We encourage everyone to take part in as many events as possible (even non-F3 accredited events) to gain experience. Online competiotions are not rewarded with points. The rankings system is in place to determine every year who ultimately the most successful freestyler around the world is. F3 believes a true winner is somebody who has the ability to perform both the art and sport of freestyle football on a consistently world class level.
World Freestyle Football Rankings
The F3 World Tour is a series of World Championship events visiting major cities around the world. The participants are the top 16 freestyle football athletes in world today, as determined by the World Rankings published by the Freestyle Football Federation at the end of each year. They are all competing throughout various challenges in each City to ultimately win the title of F3 World Tour Champion.
Freestyle Football can be uniquely identified as a SpArt. It is a mixture of an ‘Art’, which involves performing choreographed routines to music with a football and a ‘Sport’ as athletes then compete head to head over 3-minute knockout battles with judges scoring them on Originality, Execution and Technical difficulty.Tour History
The F3 World Tour was created as a one off event in 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The events was won by the UK's Andrew Henderson.
In 2013 the Tour was staged in 2 venues, London UK & Dubai, UAE. The year was dominated by Poland Michryc who won both events and the Overall World Tour Crown.
Hosting an F3 World Tour Event
If your city would like to host a F3 World Tour Event then applications are now currently open to host a 2015 Event.
If you are interested in receiving a Host City Pack then please get in contact with us here
Freestylers anywhere in the world can earn points by competing in events that are recognised by F3 as either 1, 2 or 3-star competitions. These points are accumulated throughout each calendar year and go towards their position in the F3 World Rankings. 1-Star events are national championships. 2-star events are continental opens and there is one 3-star event each year, which is Super Ball. There are many more competitions each year outside of the world ranking qualifiers, in which Freestylers can also be recognised for a chance to win one of the Wild Card spaces in the F3 World Tour.
The participants of the F3 World Tour are identified in the following way:
Note: In event of a Freestyler qualifying twice (ie through Top 8 on 2013 Tour & Top 6 in World Rankings) then the spot is offered to following player in ranking.Event Format & Rules
There are 2 stages to every F3 World Tour event, which are designed to test both their performance and then their battling skills on stage. Over the course of the tour, athletes have to prepare new choreography for each routine and also be ready for anything their opponents may bring in the battles.
Routines are 2 minutes in length for every athlete. They are allowed to use props, multiple balls or even other people if they wish in order to create an entertaining routine.
The starting order for the ‘routines’ is decided by current position of players in ranking.
Each Freestyler will be ranked from 1 to 16 based on style, creativity, control and demonstration of all aspects of freestyle football. Their ranking will then determine who they battle against in the next stage.
Battles are 3 minutes long with each freestyler having 3 x 30 second rounds to outperform each other and impress the judges. At this stage, technical difficulty of the tricks and how each freestyler responds to their opponent are also critical factors for the judges to consider.
Freestylers have to abide by the F3 Battle Rules which can be seen here
F3 World Tour Standings are determined by awarding points at each event for a finishing position.
Judges are established freestylers who are held in high regard by the community and are knowledgeable on the rapidly progressing tricks within the sport.
There are 3 judges in each event who will decide instantly the result of each battle without consulting each other. Judges will also explain to the crowd the main reason for their decisions.
Check out the profile of our F3 World Tour Judges here and if you want to hire a Freestyle Football Judge for an event then contact us here
|Name||Nickname||Country||Pts. stage 1||Pts. stage 2||Pts. stage 3||Total pts.|
|Andrew Henderson||Andrew||United Kingdom||0||0||0||---|
|Doan Thanh Tung||Tungage||Vietnam||0||0||0||---|
|Esteban Hernandez Acosta||Esteban||Mexico||0||0||0||---|
|Guillermo Mondragon Vaz||M3mo||Mexico||0||0||0||---|
|Pedro Oliveira Duarte||Pedrinho||Brazil||0||0||0||---|
|Philip Warren Gertsson||PWG||Philippines||0||0||0||---|
|Ricardo Fabiano Araujo||Ricardinho||Brazil||0||0||0||---|
|Sebastian Ortiz Hernandez||Boyka||Colombia||0||0||0||---|
|Tobias Brandal Busaet||Tobias||Norway||0||0||0||---|
|27th September||28th September||29th September||30th September|
Iran Freestyle Football Championship 2015ISFAHAN
Oceania Freestyle Football ChampionshipsMelbourne