Read this article to learn about the minor of “freestyle football”. I will introduce what kind of people are active in what kind of competition. And I hope more people will be interested in it.
Freestyle Football is a performance using a soccer ball with lifting tricks. You can brilliantly decide tricks with your feet, and express yourself by incorporating movements such as dance and gymnstics. People who play freestyle football are called freestylers.
There are roughly four styles of freestyle football.
The first is air, which is a style of turning a ball.
The second is block, is a style of pinched or placed.
The third is sitting, which is a style of sitting and lifting.
The fourth is the upper body handles the ball.
In 2012, Kotaro Tokuda became the first Japanese player in the world. This tournament is the biggest tournament in the world called Red bull street style World final. By winning the number one spot in the world, Tokuda became active in workshops and TV appearances.
In 2016, Kosuke Takahashi ranked second in the world. He has won the Japan Freestyle Football Chanpionship, the biggest tournament in Japan, for the third consecutive time from 2018 to 2020.
In recent years, it has become an online competition due to the influence of the coronavirus. Since it is video qualifying, a high-level battle will take place.
Instagram and tiktok are SNS that are currently popular all over the world. Some freestylers are active on SNS.
Instagram has a feature called reels that allows you to share short videos. there are videos that have been played over 60 millions times with the reel function. This record is the best in Japan even when viewed from Japanese reel videos. In addition, this video has increased the number of followers by about 70000.
There are also players with over 1 million followers on tiktok. I’m uploading a great technique video. Even amateurs, not professionals, can get a lot of access by posting videos. Freestyle Football may be the mainstay of advertising in the future.
For me, freestyle football is a sport that strengthens me. To make atrick successful, you need to think about why it fails as well as practice. Since it is still a minor competition, there are few videos explaining the techniques and schools. Therefore, you need to get the hang of it yourself. However, I can easily start with just one ball, so I hope that the number of freestyles will increase in the future.
Freestyle Football was also a candidate for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but unfortunately it was missed. I hope it will be added to the Olympics in the future, and I hope it will be featured on TV.