The terms street football and street soccer (in United States) encompass a number of informal varieties of association football. These informal pick up games do not necessarily follow the requirements of a formal game of football, such as a large field, field markings, goal apparatus and corner flags, eleven players per team, or match officials (referee and assistant referees).
Street football is more similar to beach football and futsal than to association football. Often the most basic of set-ups will involve just a ball with a wall or fence used as a goal, or items such as clothing being used for goalposts (hence the phrase "jumpers for goalposts").
Modernly exist a lot of common street football organisations such like Streetfootballworld, The International Street Soccer Association, WhizzKids United, Buntkicktgut, Street Soccer USA. Nowadays, street football is also one method for coaching young football players and is realized with freestyle football, which has grown in popularity since the early 2000s when Nike began to focus on street football and freestyle via their TV ads.
The first Street Football World Championship took place in the Mariannenplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The World Street 3s, the first international World Street Soccer Championships takes place in Manchester on 25th September 2016.
In 2005, video game publisher Electronic Arts introduced FIFA Street, a franchise based on street football and freestyle football. FIFA Street series focuses on flair, style and trickery, reflecting the cultures of street football and freestyle football played in streets and backlots across the world.
- Modern Sports Stories Publication, published 09/09/2013. Staff interview with Darren Laver, Page 96.
- World Class Freestyle
- (English) (German) Street Football World Festival 2006 not in reference
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