Transcript for Inside the competitive world of freestyle soccer
to break it down. Reporter: From a school dance. To the big stage. this is 16-year-old Patrick Shaw's normal. Welcome to the world of freestyle soccer. Kind of like a b-boy battle but a sport of its own, based around juggling a soccer ball. For someone who's never seen freestyle before, what is it? I'd say it's an art form of when you can express yourself with a ball, not related to soccer, think about break dancing with a ball, that's probably what I would say. Reporter: What seems like a hobby to some is giving the world's most popular sport a new beat. What makes it a sport in your mind? I would say when I do hand stands and flips and all the lower tricks it's very physically hard on your body. That aspect for me is what makes it very physically demanding. Reporter: Just 16, Patrick's already the face of united States freestyle, a celebrity with deals and commercials including Samsung. And he's only been doing these flips and tricks for four years. How did you start freestyle? I had an exchange student from Spain. He had already started freestyle. He was like, you can train with me. Once he left it grew the passion more. Reporter: Patrick went to Miami to compete. The youngest in the field of 20, he bested other freestylers from almost 50 countries. You're the only representative from the U.S. You're 16 years old. That's a pretty big deal. It was incredible. The fact that it was also in the U.S., whenever I walked on stage people would be chanting usa. Reporter: This is a pioneer of the sport. It was in the early or mid '80s, and eventually in the '90s more people started to do freestyle and in 2000 it took off. Reporter: Now he organizes competitions like this. They alternate every 30 seconds, a panel of judges look at control, style, creativity and how they transition the ball. At the end of the battle the jumps then will vote to see who they felt won the battle. Reporter: The routines set to music are athletic masterpieces. Each player carefully choreographing moves in three categories, to impress the judges. So I've heard of tricks with your head, bouncing on the sed side of your head. You will a those fast, revolution tricks. The flip, taking one category and changing it to another one. Reporter: Each year, as the level of difficulty seems to grow, so does the competition. Women have carved a place for themselves in the sport. And they're giving the men a run for their money. Like 24 year old agushka mien from Poland. They call her aga. What's it like being a woman in the sport? It's amazing. We want to see each other, support each other and get advice here. Reporter: Tonight she's here to defend her title. Everyone wants to be in the top. It's putting a lot of pressure on me. But I feel really confident. Reporter: Already through the quarter finals, she's now going head to head with melody, from France, a two-time champ herself. First up, aga. Then, it's melody's turn. After a couple rounds, it's time to face the judges. Heartfelt for the defending champ. Now it's Patrick's turn in the quarter finals, going up a Brazilian. Everyone knows this is a David versus goliath. I've got a lot of new moves. I'm hoping to take it easy in the first round and sock him in the second and third. Reporter: But with the first final being held in the united States, it's no question the home crowd is behind the teen from Maine. The judges, a collection of freestyle greats, and one surprise, a Portuguese soccer phenom, known for game-winning goals like this. Once the music starts, the two leave it all on the floor. Patrick puts up a great effort, it isn't quite enough for the judges. But Patrick isn't disappointed. I've tried my best tricks, and I had a few drops unfortunately, but I tried everything. I went all out on him. Reporter: When the music cuts and lights go off, in Maine, Patrick's just a regular high schooler. What do your friends think you do? My really close friends understand how hard I work but I don't think they understand how seriously I take it. Oh, you practice some tricks on the side of soccer. I work two or three hours every day. Reporter: Between being the face of a new sport in the U.S. And a high schooler with typical teen problems, Patrick just wants to be the best to ever do I want to be like the best that I can at my age, and I know what I'm capable of. There's a lot I can accomplish. What does that look like when you finally get it? For me, a world champion is what my goal is, and if I get there, it will just be like all the hours that you spend in like one room or one studio, and it all pays off, that feeling is going to be like okay, I wasn't doing it all for nothing. Reporter: For "Nightline" in Portland, Maine.
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