- 16 ballers will go head-to-head in Toronto on November 15th at the
Canadian Broadcasting Centre where one will be crowned National Freestyle
Champion and move on to the World Final in South Africa -
TORONTO, Nov. 4 /CNW/ - Red Bull Street Style showcases the world's best freestyle soccer players and provides them with a stage to battle it out. Last year, the first Red Bull Street Style competition was held and 45 countries from all four corners of the globe sent the winners of their respective National Finals to the World Finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Among the international elite was Canada's own Jose Avalos who returns to Toronto on November 15th to defend his National title and compete against his fellow Canadian freestyle soccer mavericks in this year's National Final at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre. From there, the baller who comes out on top can step it up a level and represent Canada, when the world's best will meet for the final showdown in Cape Town, South Africa on April 15-16, 2010.
Play by Play
Over the past few weeks, 14 of Canada's most talented ballers earned their tickets to the National Final after battling it out head-to-head in each of the qualifying rounds in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. With moves like pancakes, side kicks and rainbows, the competitors gave it all they got and were judged on control, style and creativity. After displaying their electrifying 'feets' of freestyle soccer, the top qualifiers are now set to scuffle at the National Final, showcasing their skills and agility as they vie for a spot in the upcoming World Final.
Saturday, October 10th marked the first of three regional qualifiers which took place under sunny skies outside BMO Field before the Toronto FC versus San Jose Earthquakes MLS match. Jose Avalos defended his Toronto title and will be out to defend his National title with the country's best freestyle soccer players. Eight fellow Torontonians will be among the ballers battling for the title.
On Sunday October 11th, the second qualifier took place in Vancouver at The Roundhouse. Pablo Villalta came out on top as he defended his 2008 Vancouver title. Returning to the National Final will also be Calgary's Edward Yoon. Joining the two West Coast ballers will be Kamloops's own Craig St. Jean.
The last of the regional qualifiers took place on October 25th in Montreal at McGill University, Alex Tremblay was unable to defend his title as the 514 champ, but he did manage to impress the judges in the consolation match to get his ticket to Toronto for the Red Bull Street Style National Final. Joey Pla was crowned champion by judges Darko Kolic, Angelo Destounis and Ruben Ramonda. In the final Joey defeated Georges Chakour, who will also represent Montreal at the National Final on November 15 in Toronto.
Joining the 14 competitors will be two on-line winners who submitted their videos proving why they should be competing with Canada's most talented ballers. Voting will commence as soon as the finalists are announced and posted on the Red Bull Canada Facebook fan page. Voting will end at exactly 5pm EST on November 6th. The winners will be announced immediately after.
Red Bull Street Style's rules are easy as 3-2-1: three minutes, two players, and one ball form the battleground, in which ball control, skill and style are king. The freestylers face off on a special stage, seven metres in diameter, and need to alternate ball possession every 30 seconds while displaying their most wicked ball tricks to the rhythm of music to impress the judges, beat their rival and move on to the next round. It's all fair game during those three minutes, except using the hands.
The National Final takes place at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in the Barbara Frum Atrium located at 250 Front Street West on November 15th, 2009. Doors open at 5PM ET and free to all spectators.
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