Tokyo welcomes the world’s best football freestylers
BERNAT LÓPEZ / 19th FEBRUARY / ©XTREM FOOTBALL
Tokyo is getting ready for the visit of the world’s most talented football freestylers, who will be in Japan for one week to compete at the DAZN World Freestyle Masters. This marquee event will take place on 22nd February 2018 at the prestigious Liquid Rooms venue in Japan’s capital city.
Following the transition from the Freestyle Football Federation (F3) to the World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA), the World Masters tournament will be the first world championship in the WFFA era. Featuring 16 men and eight women, the extremely high-level tournament is sure to wow a global audience. This event will be replacing the F3 World Tour as the sport looks to go forward in taking the visual spectacle that is freestyle battles to new locations and crowds.
After qualifying through their successes and position in the official world rankings, the best 16 male and 8 female freestyle athletes will battle it out head to head in a bid to become the World Freestyle Football Champion 2018. The strongest players will be competing in Tokyo, but top-gun contestants like Andrew Henderson and Charly Iacono won’t be on the stage. Their places have been filled by Esteban ‘El Pantera’ and rising star Jesse Marlet, both of whom have shot up in the world rankings after strong performances in recent competitions.
In the female competition, the UK’s Liv Cooke was looking to take a second World Title at the age of 18, after winning the World Open Super Ball 2017, but an injury has broken her dream.
“The best 16 male and 8 female freestyle athletes will battle it out head to head in a bid to become the World Champion”DAZN World Freestyle Masters
The male scene has been long dominated by the UK’s Andrew Henderson, but after 5 World Titles, he will be taking the head judge role in Tokyo with Tokura and with the 2016 World RBSS Champion, Charly from Argentina injured, all eyes will be on the current highest ranked athletes today, Ricardinho (Brazil) and Michryc (Poland). Japan’s own Champion Yo Katsuyama will be competing in front of his home crowd and pushing to make a big impact. Here we go with the men and women line-ups!
The men: Ricardinho (Brazil), Esteban (Mexico), Boyka (Columbia), Gautier (France), Jordan (Australia), Kalldoff (Sweden), PWG (Philippines), Szymo (Poland), Jesse (Netherlands), Yo (Japan), Pedrinho (Brazil), Erlend (Norway), Brynjar (Norway), Tobias (Norway), Luki (Poland), and Michryc (Poland).
The women: Lucia (Slovakia), Kalina (Poland), Caitlyn (USA), Cata (Chile), Jasmijn (Netherlands), Liliia (Russia), and Maleja (Columbia).