Becka Hugill and Marco Le Bouteiller win the first World Youth Freestyle Football Championship
The future of Freestyle Football is incredibly bright: this is the happy conclusion of the first-ever World Youth Freestyle Football Championship, a unique tournament that reached its climax on Saturday, November 13th with the announcement of its champions in a special episode of FreestyleTV. After months of extremely high-quality battles featuring hundreds of young starts from all around the world, the team of judges has reached a final decision: the 2021 under-16 world champions are…
Their tremendous level, almost on par with their senior fellow freestylers, has earned them not just a prize in cash, but also a one-year sponsorship of the tournament partner brand, SWRL.
In the female category, Japanese Hafuri Ito ended up second, and her fellow countrywoman Miu Ozaki took the third spot. In the male category, Brazilian Diego Emanuel won the silver medal, while Polish Olivier Grodecki finished up in the third position.
To review the full results of the World Youth Freestyle Football Championship, including the videos of all battles, click on this link!
Apart from the 1v1 battle competition, the World Youth Championship also offered three special awards to its participants: Best Trick, Most Improved Freestyler, and Best Freestyle Spirit. The winners of these awards were the following:
- Best trick: Waka Nagamine, from Japan, and Marco Le Bouteiller, from France
- Most Improved Freestyler: Isabel Wilkins, from the UK, and Olivier Grodecki, from Poland
- Best Freestyle Attitude: Miu Ozaki, from Japan, and Shunpei Ono, also from Japan