F2Freestylers

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F2 Freestylers
YouTube information
Years active8
GenreSport
Subscribers9.5 Million +
(9/10/2018)
Total views1.5 billion +
(9/10/2018)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers
One half of the duo, Billy Wingrove

The F2 Freestylers are a freestyle football duo consisting of Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove. In 2018 they began to film their most recent series series "F2 Finding Football" which is being produced by Whistle Sports and is a YouTube original, to be streamed on YouTube Premium.[1] The pair met on the 24th of February 2010, and the F2 was formed.[2][non-primary source needed]

Early life and football career[edit]

Wingrove's professional freestyle career began in 2012.[citation needed] He was the first freestyler to be signed by a professional club, Tottenham Hotspur FC.[3] Wingrove holds three Guinness World Records.[4] Wingrove has gained over 40 million views on YouTube.[5][non-primary source needed] Wingrove played for Tottenham Hotspur's youth side and played semi-professional football, and has said that his decision to become a professional freestyler was due to his belief that he was much closer to being a top freestyler rather than a professional footballer.[citation needed]

Lynch attributes his inspiration to become a professional freestyler to watching a Nike commercial in the early 2000s. Lynch was featured in the UK documentary "In the Hands of the Gods" and appeared on Britain's Got Talent in 2008.[6] In 2017, Lynch signed with Billericay Town, playing outside of the English football pyramid. Lynch was also signed to the Arsenal Academy in his teenage years.[7]

YouTube career[edit]

On the 8th of April 2011 the pair launched their YouTube Channel "F2Freestylers".[8][non-primary source needed] As of 7 September 2018, the duo have 9.54 million YouTube subscribers.[9] The duo's channel features collaborations with a number of professional footballers and celebrities, including Ronaldo, Nani and Robinho, and has worked with others such as Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie and Ronaldinho.[10][non-primary source needed] The duo appeared on Jack Whitehall's "Training Days" in 2018.[11]

The duo have played a number of charity matches including in 2017 'The Wembley Cup', where they led a side against Spencer Owen's Spencer FC.[12]

Finding Football[edit]

F2 Finding Football is a YouTube series started by the Duo in which they discuss culture, styles, and techniques of sport.[citation needed] The YouTube series follows the freestylers' international travels, exploring the game in countries including Argentina, Brazil, France, Iceland, Mexico, Thailand, and the US.[citation needed] Lynch and Wingrove also worked with celebrity musicians to create a Japanese game show with DJ Steve Aoki and film a Western movie in Hollywood with Travis Barker of Blink 182.[citation needed] Additional celebrity guests in the series included Becky G, Krewella, A$AP Ferg and Lil Jon, and Sigur Rós.[13]

Other ventures[edit]

It's Called Football[edit]

It's Called Football premiered on Boxing Day, 2016, with the aim to give an insight into the Premier League and what goes on behind the scenes, in a six-part miniseries. They featured four different sides, which were Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton, with Arsenal and Chelsea having two parts each in the series.[citation needed] The show was picked up by NBCSN, and the duo commented that they were "thrilled" that the Premier League was growing in popularity in the US.[14]

Rascal Clothing[edit]

The F2 Freestylers launched a lifestyle clothing label named Rascal Clothing.[15][non-primary source needed]

F2 Talent[edit]

In 2018, the duo established a football management agency named ‘F2 Talent’. The pair hired a licensed intermediary Leon Anderson, who left his old agency Base Soccer Agency Ltd to join ‘F2 Talent’. This was due to neither Lynch or Wingrove having their own intermediary license. Anderson brought his clients over to the newly formed company with him, which included Liverpool’s England Under-17 international Rhian Brewster.[citation needed] F2 Talent signing a well-known youngster raised questions due to their new place in the industry. Their expertise also did not lie in the area of talent management considering they are known in the social media realm.[citation needed] The agency courted controversy over the use of a photo publicising a newly-signed young player; this directly juxtaposed the FA’s policy of not promoting players under the age of 15.[16]

F2 Revolution[edit]

F2 Revolution was created[when?] in the same vein as F2 Talent, except instead of football talent, it was created for the next generation of social talent. It was intended to make an impression on young individuals trying to create their own digital content, as the F2 Freestylers themselves did.[citation needed] The F2 Revolution was created to give opportunities to younger individuals, under the age of 16, as well as older, who approach the agency themselves looking to unlock opportunities and build their profile. Their expert skills in the field allow the ability to work collaboratively with parents to filter the commercial opportunities offered to individuals with a social media profile.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spangler, Todd (2018-05-24). "YouTube Premium Sets F2Freestylers' Soccer-Travel Series From Whistle Sports". Variety. Retrieved 2018-08-28.
  2. ^ "Our Story". The F2 Football Freestylers. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Writer, Matt Dickinson | Chief Sports (2016-06-03). "From teenage rejects to YouTube stars". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  4. ^ "Billy enters record books!". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  5. ^ "About Us". Rascal Clothing. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ "Flicking hell! Is this the best football freestyle video on the internet?". Mail Online. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  7. ^ "Billericay sign free-styling sensation Jeremy Lynch". Echo. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  8. ^ "F2Freestylers - Ultimate Soccer Skills Channel". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  9. ^ "f2freestylers". Social Blade. September 7, 2018. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "About Us". Rascal Clothing. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  11. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Jack Whitehall: Training Days is coming to YouTube : News 2018 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  12. ^ Rawle, Tom (2017-08-17). "Footie duo F2 Freestylers to lead team of superstars for Wembley charity match epic". Dailystar.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  13. ^ "YouTube Explores Soccer in 'F2 Finding Football'". Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  14. ^ "Two new "It's Called Football" episodes to premiere today on NBCSN from F2 Freestylers - World Soccer Talk". World Soccer Talk. 2017-02-01. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  15. ^ "About Us". Rascal Clothing. Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  16. ^ "Who are the YouTubers signing Liverpool's Rhian Brewster to their agency?". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  17. ^ "Who are the YouTubers signing Liverpool's Rhian Brewster to their agency?". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-11-07.