Freestyle Football History

Freestyle football is a sport that consists of performing tricks with a ball, it is the art of expressing yourself with a ball. It is a sport currently in the ascendant that for those who practice it is a way of life and a cultural movement that unites people from all over the world.

Although confused, the beginnings of this sport are established in the twentieth century, with circus artists such as Enrico Rastelli and Francis Brunn about the year 1800. They already performed tricks that are currently known as “Neck Stall” or “Around the wold “.

In 1980, this sport began to relate to soccer with the hand of Diego Maradona, with his exhibitions outside the field and in pre-match warmups, being among the first people to show these movements to the whole world. Maradona mobilized and changed the way to enjoy football and managed, in this way, to revolutionize freestyle.

Shortly after this sport began to take off, we talked about the years 2002 and 2003, when they began to see the first videos online of freestylers like Soufiane Touzani, Abbas Farid, Palle or Mr. Woo among others. This season marks the beginning of freestyle football as a sport, with the start of competitions such as the online tournament created by Nike or the Masters of the Game.

After the turbulent start, in 2008 was held the first major world tournament, the Redbull Street Style that crowned the Frenchman Sean Garnier and started many more competitions worldwide such as Superball. In recent years, freestyle has grown and has crossed boundaries with tricks that previously seemed impossible and has a path that will continue to be even better.



  • Lower / airmoves: the most popular among contemporaries, in this style the ball stays in the air doing tricks, using only the feet, the freestyler is standing.


  • Sitdown: The tricks run while the freestyler is sitting on the floor with his legs up, limiting movement ability and forcing him to be more precise in tricks.


  • Uppers: Tricks are performed with the head, shoulders and chest.


  • Groundmoves: football movements are basically used but no opponent. This style has led to the appearance of numerous competitions known as “pannas” competitions.



  • Blocks: the ball is caught between the legs and is also thrown with these, they are used heels and soles for creative movements.


  • Allround: style that encompasses all of the above, handling them fluently and dexterously.



Competition modalities:


  • Battles: Battles of 3 minutes, 3 rounds of 1 minute with a 30-second turn for each player in each round. There are 3 or 5 judges who must rate style or performance, difficulty, creativity and use of all styles or types of tricks. It is the most popular mode.


  • Routines: This modality tries to do a choreography that takes different tricks and that is carried out with fluidity. It can be done both in pairs and individually. Judges look for competitors to have creativity, fluency, coordination and musicality or rhythm.


  • Sick3: This mode is very common among freestylers that focus on lower. Try to make combinations of 3 lower tricks. Contestants have up to 7 attempts to combine, the one that achieves the most difficult wins.


  • Challenge: This mode is also common among Lower freestylers. Groups are grouped in a group where there will be a table different combinations of different difficulties, the players must be ascending in combinations by difficulty, with a determined number of attempts depending on the round in which they are, but are disqualified. The last one will be the one who wins.


  • Showflow: The participant will have 30 seconds to achieve their best tricks. You must do at least one trick of all styles if you are disqualified.


  • Iron Man: Players will be in a circle and all at the same time will have to combine tricks for as long as possible, the one that lasts longer by combining non-stop wins.


  • Online competitions: Competitors must upload videos of themselves with their best tricks and upload them to the internet. The videos must be of a certain time and must be uploaded before a set date. These will then be judged by judges with the same standards as in battle mode. They are carried out in social networks or forums.


  • Pannas 1 vs 1: develops in a circular or hexagonal space with small goals, players face for 3 minutes and can win by majority of goals or if one makes a panna to the opponent.