The Feet 'n' Tricks Annual Freestyle Football Tournament, African Edition kicks off on the 13th of September, 2018. This year's event is going to last for three (3) days: 13th to 15th. This African continental event is going to feature the best freestylers from around the continent competing for the slot to represent Africa at the global event. Lot's of prizes to be won, not just by participants but by spectators as well.
This time it is going to be much bigger and better, featuring class performances from two of the most sensational freestyle football talents in the world today: Iya Traore from Paris and Raquel Benetti from Brazil.
Registration for freestylers from all around Africa is now on! Check below to create your entry for the tournament. Registration is free, but you will need to create an account before you can register. Click the following link to create an account if you don't already have one: Create Account. If you already have an account and logged in, you may go directly to the registration page by clicking the following link: Register Immediately!
For further details about the event, you may continue below:
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According to the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), the official governing body for freestyle football globally:
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 pinpoint the exact moment in time where freestyle truly began.
At the beginning of the new millennium several significant events helped propel freestyle football into a new era, giving it an identity for the first time. Brazilian football icon Ronaldinho starred in Nike commercials, alongside Mr. Woo, which glamorized freestyle. Soufiane Touzani, from the Netherlands, introduced a new style of lower tricks and thanks to the internet and the fast developing mobile industry these videos traveled like wildfire. Suddenly everybody knew what freestyle football was. This inspired millions and freestyle football as we know it began.
Now globally known as freestyle football, a sport was born. Freestylers began to realize 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 freestyle football 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 freestyle football was becoming a sport in its own right.
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, recognizing 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 freestyle football.
In 2015, legendary footballer and icon for freestyle football Ronaldinho was recognized by the World Association as the ambassador for the sport.
Today competitions are organized across all habitable contents and videos are being shared by millions of people on a monthly basis.
The the sport of freestyle football was formally introduced to Nigeria last year (2017) by Feet 'n' Tricks International Limited, the official host for freestyle football competitions in Nigeria. This year they are taking it to the rest of Africa, hence, the event you read about right now.
The event will happen in 1 day for both elimination and knockout. Each contestant will have the numbers 1, 2, 3 or 4 attached to their cloths to identify them in the elimination stage. the judges will vote with these numbers. Age limit 15 - 35.
The elimination stage will happen online where the shortlisted 128 persons will be required to get enough votes to enable them to go through the 2 elimination processes to make them eligible for the finals. The people with the least votes will be eliminated until the 32 best athletes are selected. The selection of the last 32 athletes will be done by the general public through social media and short message services. Voting will happen every week and the weekend will announce those who don't make it through to the next elimination. Each week, the half athletes with the lowest votes will be eliminated and the rest go on to the next week until the required number of 32 athletes have been chosen. During the course of the elimination, the athletes will be allowed to upload more videos to enhance their chances of getting more votes. A panel of judges made up of Nigerian ex-footballers will select the 32 who will make the knockout stage.
64 athletes will compete in the online elimination stage to get the last 16 athletes that will proceed to the knockout stage. The same model used in the men's category will equally be applied to the women's category.
The knockout Stage
The final 32 in each category engage in a "battle" according to ranking to produce the final 8 athletes. The "battle" involves two contestants and lasts for 3 minutes, each contestant will have 30 seconds to showcase his/her talents and then leaves the center for the second athlete who takes 30 seconds and so on till they have exhausted the 3 minutes.
There will be 10 contests for each category at this stage. The athletes will battle themselves in pairs, according to ranking. The contestants will have their names printed on their jerseys for this stage, and the judges will have cards with the contestant's names on them for their voting. The round (round of 16) will eliminate 8 contestants, while the second round will (quarter finals) will have 8 contestants and 4 will be eliminated. The next is the semifinals will determine which two contestants that will be in the third-place contest, and then the finals.
Given the time allotted to each contest, this knockout stage will run for 48 minutes excluding the breaks, voting, announcements and music interlude. It is my opinion that this takes place on the third and final day. In the end, the Judges will compile their scores according to the FFF guidelines and the chief judge will walk into the arena and raise up the hand of the winner. There will be music and fan fare as the winner is taken round the arena carrying the trophy. The runnerup, third place, and fourth place trophies will be handed out first to the winners. The winners will then be presented with their gifts from the sponsors.
2 judges will be selected from Nigeria while 3 will come from FFF. The reason is that we need to start grooming our own judges, since it takes 4 years experience to qualify as an FFF judge. We would make use of Nigerian ex-footballers as our judges.
The head judge will control the timing, sheets distribution to other judges and will brief the other judges on the procedure for voting. The judges will be given the guidelines and a printed copy of the judging criteria prior to the start of the contest and will be given a full briefing on the FFF judging criteria before the contest. Each judge will have 40seconds to decide the result of each battle. The judges will be given cards with the numbers 1 to 4 for the elimination round, and cards with the first name of the athletes that make it to the knockout stage.
The judges will be required to show either the number card (in the case of the elimination stage) or the name card (in the knockout stage), when the host requests it. For the final battle, the judges will write the name of the winner and give to the chief judge, who will in turn compile and walk to the stage to acknowledge the athlete who is the winner.
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