For the past 10 years the Soccerex Football Festival has introduced global super stars, sublime skills and unique entertainment to thousands of football fans around the world.
Whether it’s Eric Cantona delivering a coaching session on Jumeirah beach under the Burj Al Arab, taking over Nelson Mandela Square for a DISKI themed party or Lucas Moura showcasing his Samba flare on Copacabana Beach, there isn’t a Football Festival like it anywhere in the world.
Now hosted in Manchester, we’re bringing all of these experiences and combining them with Manchester’s youthful passion and die-hard footballing philosophy to create the UK’S LARGEST URBAN FOOTBALL FESTIVAL.
Located in the heart of Manchester City Centre, Old Granada Studios is one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings which is used a platform for creativity, innovation and urban exploration.
Over the weekend of the 6-7 September we will be transforming three of the studios into a unique urban football environment for the Manchester football community. A combination of massive LED screens, graffiti walls and international DJ’s will create the perfect atmosphere for two days of football freestyle, competitions and fun.
Our legends tournament is getting a shakeup! Teams of three will up the ante in our showpiece event with an emphasis on dribbling, quick feet and technique to risk it all for the Soccerex Skill Trophy.
Attracting the very best male and female athletes from across the UK and Ireland, including 3x World Champion and 5x UK Champion Andrew Henderson and 16 year old freestyle sensation Liv Cooke from Preston, the competitors will be competing head-to-head to try and be crowned the most skilful trickster in the UK & Ireland. Along with the freestyle battles there will be local entertainment and a live DJ to ensure non-stop action and skills on show.
The growth of freestyle football can be largely attributed to the rise of social media with millions of skill clips, battles and challenges being uploaded to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube every year, which has seen the likes of Sean Garnier, STR Skill School and SkillTwins become internet sensations.
Whether it’s choreographing new videos, getting clips to go viral on social media or how to attract sponsors then our digital freestyle tutorials are your crash course on how to become the next internet sensation.
The ultimate test of skill and trickery! Panna Football brings elements of dance battles and UFC, minus the physical combat, as opponents go 1 on 1 in the octagon with the sole aim of ‘nutmegging’ your challenger in the most creative way possible.
Ever argued with your mates about who’s got Sanchez’s thunderous shot, Hazard’s quick feet or can pick a pass out a pass like Silva? Well now you can put those claims to the test through a combination of challenges and activations brought to you by Global Games including:
INFLATABLE SPEED CAGE
HEAD TO HEAD REACTION DRIBBLING FLOOR
Engaging workshops, practical demonstrations and community initiatives will be delivered on and off the pitch to promote how football can shape the future of the hundreds of thousands of teenagers living in Manchester.
Local DJ’s, graffiti artists and entertainers will tie the event together with deliver the vibe throughout the two days.
After featuring in adverts with Ronaldinho and the Brazilian national team at the start of the millennium, Freestyle Football has emerged into one of the world’s most popular sports with an estimated 400million regular participants.
One of the biggest and most prestigious tournaments of the year will be happening on Manchester’s door step after the Freestyle Football Federation (F3) chose the Soccerex Football Festival as hosts of this year’s UK & Irish Freestyle Football Championships.
The competitors will be competing head-to-head to try and be crowned the most skilful trickster in the UK & Ireland. Along with the freestyle battles there will be local entertainment and a live DJ to ensure non-stop action and skills on show.
The Festival will attract the very best male and female freestyle athletes from across the UK and Ireland, including 3x World Champion and 5x UK Champion Andrew Henderson, also the face of Sure’s Sky Sports adverts, and 16 year old freestyle sensation Liv Cooke from Preston.
As world governing body for the sport of freestyle football, F3 have created a support structure that allows anyone to pick up a ball and not only enjoy the sport, but also develop their own pathway to becoming a professional.
Events and activities are organised all over the world within the F3 network. There are 93 country members in the network, which means a registered group of people and organisations in 93 countries of the world are committed to growing freestyle football as a sport in its own right and to delivering the social opportunity through the sport too.
The Metroshuttle operates a free bus service throughout Manchester City Centre, routes 1,2 and 3 all pass nearby to Old Granada Studios.
Route 1 passes through at peak times - Monday - Friday 7.00am - 9.45am & 4.30pm - 7.10pm with Routes 2 & 3 passing through all day). Each service is very frequent:
No 1 - every 5 mins No's 2 & 3 - every 10 mins 7am - 7pm Monday to Saturday and No's 1 & 2 every 10 mins 10am - 6pm Sunday.
The city has two mainline railways stations, Piccadilly and Victoria, which both serve the national rail network. Oxford Road, Salford Central and Deansgate stations are also within walking distance of the fair.
Metrolink operates a fast frequent service which is fully accessible to all, running 7 days a week, 364 days of the year. Daily tickets can be bought from ticket machines at all stops, you must be in possession of a valid Metrolink ticket or pass BEFORE travelling. The nearest tram stop is Deansgate-Castlefield.
Old Granada Studios
The nearest NCP carparks are Bridge Street, New Bailey Street and Spinningfields. Their locations can be seen here.