Manchester City may have fallen behind in the Premiership title race but their players are at least proving adept in another sport… Foot Darts!
What is Foot Darts?
As the name suggests, Foot Darts is a crossover between football and darts that has caused quite a buzz on social media channels and promises to be a big craze this summer.
Much like foot golf, the premise is easy to understand. Players score points by kicking velcro footballs onto an enormous sticky dartboard that measures 22 feet high and 26 feet wide, depending on accuracy and technique to hit the right segments.
Points are awarded in the same way as on a conventional dart board with additional points for hitting doubles and trebles and of course, for getting a bullseye. However, no points are awarded if the player misses the board completely or the velcro fails to stick!
Four members of the City squad took on their first ever game of Foot Darts having accepted the challenge of the ‘Freekickerz’ – a group of freestyle footballers who run one of the most popular channels on YouTube.
Spoiler alert! If you’d like to see what happened, view the video below before reading the rest of the article.
It was first team players Aleksandar Kolarov, winger Jesus Navas, defender Gael Clichy and goalkeeper Willy Caballero who did themselves proud as they swapped the pitch for the oche at the club’s state of the art training ground in Manchester.
Played in a classic shoot out format each player was given three shots to score as many points as possible, with players competing against each other and as part of their respective teams.
Somewhat predictably, the City players had the skills and precision to overwhelm their opposition by a score of 157 to 137. Russian full-back Kolarov scored 45, former Barcelona man Navas hitting 65 and Frenchman Clichy making 68 with the help of a double nineteen!
However the surprise top scorer was Argentine goalie Caballero, who racked up an impressive 75 points to take the individual prize.
As the video (above) shows, the City professionals were pushed hard by their opponents the FreeKickerz who have more than five million YouTube subscribers and in excess of a billion views of their videos featuring a wide range of soccer related tutorials, football tricks and skills, free kick routines, challenges and amateur goals.
If you’ve never heard of Foot Darts before and would like to learn more, please follow this link.
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