Street football

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Street football, Venice (1960)
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The term street football and street soccer (in North America) 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 can be divided into three varieties: games simulating football match which minor adaptation of the association football rules, games based on scoring goals and games which are not.

Generally 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"). The ease of playing these informal games explains why they are popular all over the world.

Nowdays Street football is modern way to coaching young football players[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Street football in popular media[edit]

The world's biggest street football and street football organisations are currently Streetfootballworld and The International Street Soccer Association.

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.

Street football World Championship[edit]

The first Street football World Championship took place in the Mariannenplatz.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Modern Sports Stories Publication, published 09/09/2013. Staff interview with Darren Laver, Page 96.
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  3. ^ World Class Freestyle
  4. ^ Beyond Football
  5. ^ (English) (German) Street Football World Festival 2006