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.
In partnership with City in the Community, Boots and Beats will showcase how they’re combining football and music to help tackle youth unemployment in Manchester.
One of the best Futsal clubs in the country will be demonstrating how the sport is emerging as one of the fastest growing sports in the UK with fast feet and quick passing on the agenda.
2x Freestyle World Champion, star of FIFA Street 4 and one of the world’s most iconic street football players will be delivering an unmissable freestyle masterclass. Win a place on the tutorial here.
The Ultimate Training Partner, don’t miss out on watching a groundbreaking piece of technology, shipped in all the way from the United States of America, which improves your touch, coordination and accuracy.
Liverpool & England legend Michael Owen will be delivering a coaching session alongside Manchester Football Association to help the youngsters of Manchester’s refine their skills. Win a place on the Coaching Clinic here.
The qualifiers for the UK & Ireland Freestyle Championships get underway with the early knockout stages; some of the best freestylers will be on display so make sure you’re there to witness it.
Our second freestyle tutorial will be with Steve Roberts the creator of STRskillSchool, one of the world's largest YouTube channels for football skills and tricks, who will not only teach you the skills but also how to make sure they go viral.
2x Freestyle World Champion, star of FIFA Street 4 and one of the world’s most iconic street football players will be delivering an unmissable freestyle masterclass. Make sure you’re there to get involved.
The final 8 will meet on the Soccerex Pitch to battle it out 1v1 to be crowned the UK & Ireland Freestyle Football Championships. Will Andrew Henderson reclaim his title or will a new champion be crowned, make sure you’re there to find out.
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.
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.