While sports in itself is an expression of strength and agility, there is a way to get creative with it and that is perhaps the basis of the concept of freestyle soccer. The game of football goes by the name of soccer in America and freestyle is a means of expressing yourself with creative moves that literally juggles the ball all over the body. Freestyle takes its inspiration from styles such as keepie, uppie as well as kemari. There are even influences rhythmic gymnastics in the art form.

There is a bit of debate as far as the origin of freestyle soccer goes. Some claim that it goes back to the early 70s and began at the hands of Pele, Maradona and even Cruyff. There are claims that it originally came from South America and some even claim that it has its roots in Holland. It is believed that the environment in these countries actually facilitated one being creative with their movements with the ball.

The term freestyle did not really exist back then and only came about when Nike began to push the concept through its advertising campaigns as well as its tournaments. Today teen favorites like Ronaldinho and Edgar Davids play around with the ball and make some really powerful moves. All of the tricks are executed while keeping the ball in the air.

Street Soccer vs Freestyle

Street soccer is another version of freestyle and many followers are of the opinion that one inspired the other. In this version of the creative sport, styles from all over the world are incorporated into it. You have all the moves related to fluid play, feints as well as illusion of deception and makes use of a great deal of ground work. There is a lot of strategy that goes in to the making of routine.

If one were to consider its value adds, that is when street soccer changes into freestyle. It allows one to express via moves and gives you the freedom of using all your body parts to keep the ball aloft. The entire concept has the world taken by storm and there are several international competitions that are held to promote it. There are of course a lot of endorsements involved in it as well.

The sport of freestyle soccer is entertaining as it is creative and is an art form that is constantly growing. There are several clubs and communities dedicated to the sport and with good cause.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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