The International Footbag Players’ Association (IFPA) and event producer Fancy Footwork Productions, Inc. are proud to announce the 31st annual IFPA World Footbag Championships (click here to register), August 1 – 7, 2010, at the Oakland Convention Center, Oakland, California.
This year’s event is hosted by:
Stanford University Footbag Club
Chaos Footbag Club
Santa Cruz Footbag Club
United Flyers of Sonoma (UFOS)
Footbag sports deliver both athletically and competitively, and lead to a lifetime of health and fitness. Footbag sports are all about competition. The sport of footbag can be defined as either playing a court game with your feet over a net against an equally motivated competitor, or executing a fully choreographed freestyle routine, in front of your peers and a panel of judges.
The world’s most amazing footbag practitioners will converge on the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area in early August for one of the most unusual and captivating athletic competitions of the year. It’s the 31st annual IFPA World Footbag Championships.
Athletes will attend the Worlds from all around the U.S. and all around the globe — countries such as Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, Finland, Canada, France, and Japan, will be well represented, just to name a few. These are just a few of the countries where footbag is a well-organized and keenly appreciated sport.
The defending World Champion in freestyle footbag is only 23 years old from Prague, Czech Republic. Our young footbag prodigy, Vaclav Klouda, will defend his title for the tenth time against the world’s greatest footbag champions. USA Champion David Clavens will perform his wide range of footbag skills and fight for the World title.
Tina Aeberli of Switzerland is also defending her 5th world championship title in women’s freestyle.
Freestyle footbag has exploded in the last 15 years, and is the single fastest growing footbag discipline. Freestyle is an extremely technical sport, where players perform rapid-succession combinations of difficult dextrous moves using a footbag — and in the main event, players choreograph routines to music and are judged by a panel of qualified experts. Other events, such as Circle Contest (officially recognized as a formal event for the first time in 2010!) give players a chance to show off their ability to link difficult moves in incredibly long and varied combination that surely astound even the most casual observer.
The footbag net competition will allow the up-and-coming players of the world a chance to try their setting, spiking, and digging skills against the best players in the sport to date – including many time world champion, Emmanuel Bouchard, of Montreal, Canada and his partner PT Lovern of Oakland California, USA. Doubles Net World Title belongs to the German Team of Patrick Schrickel and Florian Goetze but will be closely contested by many very athletic teams from around the world.
We will also be hosting many time world net champions Jody Welch of Mountain View and Julie Symons of Santa Clara, both from California and Tricia George of Portland. Lisa McDaniel of El Cerrito, California and Amy Westberg of Phoenix, Arizona have shown their dominance over the years winning may World Titles. These women have dominate footbag net for decades but are being challenged by a strong European group of women champions.
Footbag Net is an incredible display of athleticism, combining the power and grace of martial arts, the court strategy of volleyball, and the highly refined foot control of elite soccer. Rallying with your feet is the ultimate athletic challenge!
This will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive new athletic events in the USA in 2010.
Footbag competition is overseen and sanctioned by the International Footbag Players’ Association (IFPA), which is the international governing body of footbag sports. IFPA, Inc., is a US-based 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote amateur athletics and international competition in the two primary footbag disciplines, Freestyle and Net Footbag. Footbag Sports are played in 206 countries around the world. IFPA is an all-volunteer player’s association with 20,000 registered world-wide, run by the players and their elected representatives.
is a raw and powerful mix of dance, juggling and balance as competitors work the footbag in carefully choreographed routines, sometimes with jazz-like improvisational authority, set to music ranging from techno to hip-hop to classical to rock. The competition can be compared to figure skating or gymnastics, yet it’s more unpredictable and edgy, with a vast array of personal styles and interpretations revealed. Hundreds were turned away from last year’s sold-out World Freestyle Championships in Berlin and one exposure to championship footbag tells why. There’s simply no other athletic discipline on earth requiring so many different skills. Spinning, stepping, jumping, and dexterity moves with precision, all in perfect synchrony and with rare drops at the top levels of play. At this competition, you will see athletically-toned performers in a rare mixture of art, grace, and athletic technique.
is basically volleyball with your feet. Think, “Martial Arts over a five-foot high net.” Athletes dig, set and hammer the footbag across the net, often hurtling their bodies through the air, head over heels, legs flying. Yet the footbag, a ball measuring just two inches in diameter, is successfully knocked from one side to the other until the hard-fought point is snatched and the battle begins again. As the world’s great soccer legend Pele exclaimed in astonishment upon first witnessing championship footbag play, “This is incredible! I can’t believe anyone could be so coordinated with their feet!” The IFPA World Net Footbag Championships are an exciting, adrenaline-pumping display of athleticism and foot skill.
Most of the Worlds event will take place at the Oakland Convention Center Exhibit Halls in Oakland, California. This huge indoor area is where we will play Footbag Net’s Championship Brackets and freestyle’s complete event.
The net competition will start August 1st, outside on Laney College grass Sports Fields with single elimination rounds of singles (Women’s single Tuesday). Doubles qualifying starts Monday, August 2nd leading to a single elimination championship bracket. Consultation rounds in all categories will be played at Laney College ending Wed, August 4th.
Championship net bracket will start its rounds on Wednesday, August 4th inside The Convention Center Exhibit Hall West. We are using a Sport court surface for Championship Bracket play.
Freestyle will start its qualifying rounds on Monday, August 2nd inside the Convention Center Exhibit Hall East.
Both disciplines will have showcased finals inside The Convention Center Exhibit Hall Friday and Saturday nights.
The showcase schedule for the finals weekend is to be published soon.
The IFPA’s website, footbag worldwide, www.footbag.org, is the official source of information for the sport, used by players around the world to access the official rules, instructional materials, and other information about the sport, clubs, and competitions world-wide. The IFPA World Footbag Championships have been held in a different city every year since 1994. This is a return of the World Championships to the USA after a two-year tour of Europe.
Over the years, the Worlds have been in Golden, (Colorado, USA), San Francisco (California, USA), Vancouver (Canada), Chicago (Illinois, USA), Portland (Oregon, USA), Prague (Czech Republic), Montreal (Canada), Frankfurt (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), and last year in Berlin (Germany).
For more tournament information, Go to www.footbag.org for information on the sport of footbag and all the events across the world. E-mail Fancy Footwork Productions, Inc., firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the official website of the 2010 IFPA World Championships, at http://www.footbag.org/events/show/1265745512 for sponsorship and registration information. Press-ready digital photos and answers to any questions may be obtained via e-mail to email@example.com.
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Located in the heart of downtown Oakland, the Oakland Convention Center is within walking distance of Jack London Square, Chinatown, Oakland Museum of California, Preservation Park and Oakland City Center. We are also surrounded by beautifully restored Victorian buildings and the finest shops, restaurants, art galleries and museums that our exciting city has to offer.
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The Oakland Convention Center and Oakland Marriott City Center offers world-class facilities in the heart of a prominent metropolitan area. BART(Bay Area Rapid Transit) located across the street from the Marriott offers easy access to the Bay Area and is just a 14 minute ride into downtown San Francisco. See players information tab for reservation details. <p/> <p>Lets enjoy this years Worlds together.
Challenge your Feet
2010 IFPA World Footbag Championships
August 1st – 7th, 2010
Oakland Convention Center