Happening now: Red Bull Street Style Women’s Qualifier Round 1

Happening now: Red Bull Street Style Women’s Qualifier Round 1

It’s on! Judging for Round 1 of the 2019 Red Bull Street Style Women’s World Championship is underway. At stake: the chance to ultimately be one of the seven top athletes who will join reigning champion Aguska Mnich of Poland in the battle to claim the 2019 women’s title when the World Final takes place for both male and female contenders in Miami, Florida, USA on 14-15 November.

The five elite judges for Round 1, all freestyle football (soccer) professionals appointed by the WFFA, don’t have an easy task: By the 25 July deadline, thirty-one of the best female freestylers from across the planet had submitted 90-second, unedited videos of their most outstanding routines.

Among them is Mélody Donchet of France, displaying the kind of dazzling form that earned her back-to-back Red Bull Street Style crowns before Mnich grabbed the title last year, as well as other big names like Laura Biondo (Venezuela), Laura Dekker (Netherlands), Kalina Matysiak (Poland) and Lucia Kevická (Slovakia), to mention just a few. The judges can choose only 14 freestyle queens to advance to Round 2; and with hopefuls from five continents in the mix, including some exciting young phenoms, it’s impossible to know who will get the nod.

One thing is sure: Chief among the judges’ considerations are Creativity/Variety (a combination of tricks that show a strong level of comfort in all forms of the sport); Control/Technical (combining difficulty, uniqueness and quality of execution); and Style/Energy and Rhythm (effortless and smooth style and a natural connection with the music). The women whose videos show that they can throw down in all three aspects will definitely have the advantage.

The judges’ announcement of the 14 female talents who will move on to the second round is expected on 2 August 2019. Look for their decision here at redbullstreetstyle.com and on WFFA social channels, and then be sure to tune in for the head-to-head online qualifiers of Round 2 that will book a ticket to Miami for the seven winning finalists.