The queens of freestyle – this year’s female championships will have online qualifiers.
8 female freestylers will be chosen for the Red Bull Street Style World Finals to be held in Warsaw, Poland, on November the 22nd. The French Mélody Donchet, defending champion of the series, secured a spot when she won the World Final in London in 2016: that means there are 7 spots remaining for only the best freestylers, who will be selected through online qualifiers.
Qualification will consist of two parts: first, players will send their 60-second freestyle routine video. These videos will be ranked, and the 14 best players will advance onto the second part —the online qualifiers. The 14 remaining players will compete against each other on online battles: the winners of each of these seven battles will earn themselves a spot in the World Finals.
All the videos will be analysed by 5 international professional freestylers appointed by the WFFA. The judges will pick the 14 best routines and rank them: to do so, they will consider the overall performance.
The considerations for routines are the following:
Competitors must show a strong level of comfort in all the forms of the sport. The judges are looking for a CREATIVE combination of floor and standing tricks, as well as foot, head and body tricks: innovation and originality are critical to win this element of the game. Repetitions in a battle, or from one battle to another, are not appreciated.
This is how the technical side of the sport will be judged: difficulty, uniqueness and quality of execution are the core ingredients of control. Sloppiness or out-of-control execution will work against the competitor. Use of hands and mistakes are definitely not appreciated!
Style is as valuable as creativity and control. A good style appears effortless and smooth. Natural connection with the background music is an element of style, and so is something as simple as enjoying your tricks: never forget that having fun is the reason number one behind freestyling!
Based on their performance in freestyle routines, 14 female athletes will be chosen to compete on the online battles.
Online battles work just like the regular ones: each player has three 30-second rounds. Player A will send her first round to player B, and player B will answer by sending her own round 1 to player A. This continues until both players have had their three rounds. After the battle, all rounds are combined by the battle supervisor and sent to the judges, who will then decide and announce the winner.
Online battles will be held through an email thread which will include the two freestylers in contention and a Red Bull Street Style battle supervisor who will make sure that players send their rounds in time.
There will be seven battles, which will be structured according to the ranking from the previously sent freestyle routines: the freestyler who ranked first will battle the one who ranked 14th, the one ranked 2nd will battle against the one ranked 13th, and so on.
Full rules and instructions will be sent to qualified players.
Ball should be an official size 5 ball. For more details contact WFFA representative.
No, only the first video per freestyler will be accepted. If the videos that doesn´t respect the rules in terms of duration, or the format or ball is not accepted, player will be automatically eliminated.