The World Freestyle Football Association (WFFA) is delighted to announce a formal three-year partnership with Red Bull Street Style, an event which has become synonymous with the sport since 2008.
Ten years since the first-ever Red Bull Street Style Finals in Sao Paulo and after many years of co-operation with the team members behind the WFFA, an agreement has been made for the WFFA, the world governing body for freestyle football, to produce the Red Bull Street Style World Finals annually for the next 3 years.
Lukas Skoda, Director of Operations for the WFFA, said: ‘We are really excited to get this partnership in motion. It has been an incredible journey with Red Bull Street Style already and it is thanks to the amazing community spirit in the sport that we have been able to establish the Association and focus on building the sport around the world’.The winners of the National Championships in at least 50 participating countries within the WFFA network will qualify to the World Finals, which will take place between September and December every year from 2018 to 2020. The women's competition will also continue with online qualifications with the goal to raise participation levels globally and work towards live qualifiers in the future.
National qualifiers have already started to take place globally and the location for the World Finals of Red Bull Street Style 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks.
Looking back over the years, the Red Bull Street Style stage has crowned some iconic champions including Séan Garnier (2008), Anders ‘Azun’ Solum (2010), Tokura (2012), Kitti Szasz (2012), Szymon Skalski (2013), Kitti Szasz (2013), Andrew Henderson (2014), Melody Donchet (2014), Charly Iacono (2016), Melody Donchet (2016).
‘We want to ensure the sport of Freestyle Football gets the staging it deserves and most importantly, that the athletes all over the world continue to love their sport’ said Steve Elias, Executive Director of the WFFA.
Under the new Association structure, every country has an appointed ‘country leader’ who is responsible for all sporting communications in and out of the community, as well as to coordinate their national championships.
Stay tuned to the Red Bull and WFFA channels for more info and updates!