FULFIL presents: Mo Omar
10th June 2020
Meet Mo Omar, he’s a 21-year-0ld freestyle footballer who watched a YouTube video of freestyle football when he was 13 and decided this was for him! Now he has done photoshoots with David Beckham, starred in Adidas campaigns and performed at the Champion’s League Final! Keep your eyes on this guy…
How did you get into freestyle football?
I had been playing football since I was 5 or so but it was when I was around 13/14, that I saw some videos on YouTube of the Skill Twins and it amazed me so much, I just loved watching it. There were specific ticks that I just wanted to try myself and I honestly thought everyone would be trying the same thing, but other people seemed to enjoy just watching it rather than trying the tricks themselves. For me, I was like ‘I want to try every single thing in the video’ so I carried on repeating the same videos over and over just to get an understanding of it and it just went from there.
What’s involved in training for freestyle?
Consistency. A lot of consistency! You also have to be healthy and eat right. I train about 3-4 hours a day, different types of tricks and making sure I’m consistent on those tricks. You have to make sure that you always have the right moves set out and you can always complete a row of tricks. I go to the studio in the gym and I would stretch for about half an hour before starting to train some of the basics. Then I move onto specific tricks and going over them again and again so I can get them super consistent before moving onto more detailed tricks and signature tricks. I always have to have loud music on, just vibing out!
What’s the hardest thing about being involved in Freestyle?
Honestly, probably consistency. There have been so many times that I’ve landed a trick and thought that’s it, now I’ve got the ball rolling and I’ve nailed it but it’s still a lot of work to keep landing that trick over and over again.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Probably making sure that you eat right. Nutrition is a big part of freestyle and people don’t realise that. It means I can train efficiently and to the best of my ability. If I’ve been eating rubbish before training it really effects me.
What has been the best moment of your freestyle career so far?
It’s probably between two things….either doing a photoshoot with David Beckham which was HUGE for me or performing at the Champions League Final 2017 in Cardiff in front of millions of people. At the start while we were waiting, the players were coming off after warming up and there was Ronaldo just walking past! It didn’t hit me until a couple of hours after about what I just did, I was like ‘wait…did I really just do that?!’ It was crazy.
What’s something that people are surprised about with freestyle football?
Again it’s the consistency thing. People don’t realise that if you land a trick that you can necessarily do it all the time. Also, stamina is so important. If I’m doing a specific trick in a battle I have to make sure that I have enough energy leading up to that so it’s as big and slick a move as possible.
Who’s your biggest influence?
It would have to be Andrew Henderson. He’s a big idol of mine. I’ve trained with him a lot and he puts so much work into what he does around his training and his brand. He always makes sure that he’s always doing things and always being the best at what he does. I always want to be at the same point as him in life!
What do you do to relax?
I play video games! Ever since I’ve been young I’ve loved video games. I play between FIFA and Fortnite.
What’s your ultimate goal with Freestyle?
I really want to compete more. The last UK championships I came top 8 and I really want to come top 2! That would be awesome! Ultimately I want to compete at world level but I just don’t feel I’m at the level of showing what I can do. Whenever I compete I want to make sure that I’m at the top level and I still have to wait a couple of years probably to be that good!
And finally, what football team do you support?!
Chelsea! I’ve started supporting them mainly because my favourite colour was blue when I was a child and I’ve just stuck with them throughout! And favourite player of all time is Lionel Messi. 100%