Seven queens of freestyle football have topped a fierce two-part qualifier to earn a spot in this November’s Red Bull Street Style World Final in Warsaw, Poland. But to take the world championship trophy, they’ll have to beat an eighth contender: defending two-time winner Mélody Donchet of France.
In the last two editions, Donchet claimed the global championship by winning the judges’ vote as the most creative, technical and stylish female player. At the 2018 World Final in Warsaw, her bid for a three-peat will be challenged in a big way by players from Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and Venezuela.
While Donchet earned her spot on the roster thanks to the crown she won at the London World Final in 2016, the World Freestyle Football Association offered every other woman on the planet a chance to join her through the two-step qualification process.
When the field was narrowed down to 14 standouts, the ultimate judges –World Cup winner and freestyle aficionado Ricardinho alongside freestyle greats Gautier Fayolle, Kitti Szász, Esteban “el Pantera” Hernández and Mael Kevin– made the final selection.
Laura Biondo (VEN)
Laura Dekker (NED)
Jasmijn Janssen (NED)
Lucia Kevicka (SVK)
Kalina Matysiak (POL)
Fernanda Méndez (MEX)
Aguska Mnich (POL)
These athletes will be part of a lineup from more than 50 nations coming together for the Red Bull Street Style World Final, to be held in the Polish capital for the first time. The historic Hala Gwardii, a former boxing venue that has become a city hotspot, will host this unique event. Watch the women’s and men’s finals in Warsaw on Thursday, 22 November 2018!