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Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

(Photo credits: Predrag Vuckovic/ Marjan Radovic/ Red Bull Content Pool)

The world’s best freestyle footballers put their creativity, technical skill and style to the test in Croatia on Saturday at the 2022 Red Bull Street Style World Finals. 

The best 16 male and 8 female freestyle footballers, who progressed from the Regional Qualifying rounds, competed today at the impressive Pula Arena.

It was the first time that the Red Bull Street Style World Finals was held in Croatia and the finalists performing their best tricks and unique moves in a 1v1 knockout battle format held over three minutes, with the winner progressing to the next round.

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

Erlend Fagerli of Norway performs during the Red Bull Street Style World final in Pula, Croatia on October 8, 2022 (Photo credit: Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool)

Each freestyler took turns performing for 30 seconds and the judges pick their winner based on the criteria of difficulty, originality, execution, performance and overall.

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

Caitlyn Marie Schrepfer of the United States of America performs during the Red Bull Street Style World final in Pula, Croatia on October 8, 2022 (Photo credit: Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool)

The judges decided that the best were reigning champion Erlend Fagerli from Norway and Caitlyn Schrepfer from the USA.

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

Erlend Fagerli of Norway and Caitlyn Schrepfer of the United States of America celebrate on the podium after the Red Bull Street Style World final in Pula (Photo credit: Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool)

The People’s Choice awards were also given to those who delighted the crowd, and they were won by Aguska Mnich from Poland and Tristan Gac from France.

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

(Photo credit: Marjan Radovic / Red Bull Content Pool)

First launched in 2008, Red Bull Street Style is a global competition that finds the best overall freestyle football players in the world. This year marked the 10th anniversary of female participation in the pinnacle competition in freestyle football.

Best freestyle footballers in the world crowned in Croatia 

(Photo credit: Marjan Radovic / Red Bull Content Pool)

This year, a new regionalised qualifying format has meant that every continent was guaranteed a representative at the World Finals.

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