Bubble bump soccer

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Bubble bump soccer

Bubble bump soccer, bubble bump football, or Bubble Soccer is a sport loosely based on soccer, or association football, where players wear a large air-filled donut around their heads, torsos and hips and use them to bump other players while they guide a soccer ball to their goal. [1][2][3][4][5]

The bubble suits weigh 13 kilograms.[3] According to Αίθουσα Σύνταξης, the rules are the same as for regular soccer. But Charente Libre reported the game was played with only five players per team, described the game being a cross between football, Rugby and American football.[6]

The donuts are shaped like spheres, and the air within them is under just enough pressure that players bounce off one another, when they attempted to body-check one another.[1][2][3] Body-checks often result in both players bubbles rolling across the pitch.

The game was invented in Norway, in 2011, and is so popular there that games are broadcast on television.[6][7] A National Association of Bubble Soccer was founded, in the USA, in 2014.[8] In March of 2015 35 US cities had amateur leagues for organized play.[8] The Loudoun Times-Mirror reported, in August 2015, that the game was first played in the USA in 2013, and was now played in 37 states.[9] And there are companies such as AirballingLA | Bubble Soccer Party and Bubble Soccer Rental and Ultimate Team Building Activities Company that hosts Bubble Soccer Games in the United States and strives to increase the popularity of this sport.

John Anthony, the Commissioner of the National Association, wrote that initially, Henrik Elvestad and Johan Golden created the game as a joke, not anticipating how popular it would become.[8] Anthony wrote that a particular YouTube video of a game, played in Italy in 2014, went viral, and triggered a spike in the game's popularity.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Amanda Jess (2015-04-01). "Sports with a soft landing". New Glasgow News. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. https://web.archive.org/web/20160305020442/https://www.ngnews.ca/News/Local/2015-04-01/article-4098115/Sports-with-a-soft-landing/1. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "The ball was secondary, an arbitrary piece of equipment really only there so it could be classified as a game, rather than a full-out attempt to knock your opponent off his or her feet." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Taylor Temby (2014-08-01). "Playing soccer in a bubble? Count us in". KUSA. http://www.9news.com/story/entertainment/2014/08/01/bump-soccer-denver/13425665/. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "Bump soccer requires players to wear an inflatable "bubble" tube while they run around the pitch trying to score. The "bump suits" make it easy to plow over your friends and bounce around on the field." 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Γράψτε το σχόλιο σας (2014-09-30). "Ποδόσφαιρο – Φούσκα: Το πιο γελοίο νέο άθλημα (βίντεο) [Football - Bubble: The most ridiculous new sport (video)]" (in Greek). Αίθουσα Σύνταξης. Archived from the original on 2014-09-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20140930224904/http://www.tribune.gr/sports/news/article/75227/podosfero-fouska-pio-gelio-neo-athlima-vinteo.html. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "Ονομάζεται Bubble Bump Football, δηλαδή «φουσκοχτυπημένο ποδόσφαιρο» ή σε ελεύθερη μετάφραση ποδόσφαιρο… φούσκα." 
  4. "“L’été sera show” fait étape au Flamingo ["Summer will show" made stops at the Flamingo]" (in French). Midi Libre. 2015-08-12. Archived from the original on 2015-01-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20150831134355/http://www.midilibre.fr/2015/08/12/l-ete-sera-show-fait-etape-au-flamingo,1201542.php. "Les visiteurs pouvaient également se tester au bubble bump (football où les joueurs sont chacun dans une bulle d'air)." 
  5. Nick C. (2018-10-23). "What is Bubble Soccer | Bubble Ball Party | AirballingLA". AirballingLA. Archived from the original on 2019-01-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20190126000731/https://www.airballingla.com/bubble-soccer/. Retrieved 2018-10-23. "Bubble Soccer is a stimulating activity that involves Bubble Balls used as a huge barrier to tackle your opponents while playing Soccer." 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Embarquez pour une partie de foot bubble bump [vidéo [Embark on a game of football bubble bump [Video]]"] (in French). Charente Libre. 2014-12-28. Archived from the original on 2015-07-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20150703053513/http://www.charentelibre.fr/2014/12/27/avec-le-bubble-bump-le-foot-perd-la-boule,1932395.php. Retrieved 2015-08-31. "Venue de Norvège, cette version gonflée du football à cinq fait monter la température sur les terrains de foot en salle. Reportage sur la pelouse synthétique du Soccer 5 de Pessac, dans l’agglomération bordelaise." 
  7. Stephen di Benedetto (2015-08-30). "Flopperball brings a dose of football, soccer to McHenry County (with video)". Crystal Lake: Northwest Herald. Archived from the original on 2015-08-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20150831135355/http://www.nwherald.com/2015/08/26/flopperball-brings-a-dose-of-football-soccer-to-mchenry-county-with-video/a6fnt3p/. "Originating in Norway in 2011, bubble soccer and football leagues have begun in more than 35 cities across the country, including Milwaukee, Boston and New York, according to the National Association of Bubble Soccer. The game combines the contact of football with the finesse of soccer." 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 John Anthony (2015-03-05). "What Is The Origin Of Bubble Soccer?". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. https://web.archive.org/web/20150330045837/http://www.huffingtonpost.com/quora/what-is-the-origin-of-bub_b_6802672.html. Retrieved 2015-08-31. "In April of 2014, a video from a Bubble Football operator in Algund, Italy set the internet on fire. Google traffic volume shows a huge spike in the sport from barely any searches to literally millions of searches throughout the world in about a weeks time, all because of one video posted on YouTube (below). Bubble soccer had exploded and the world wanted more of it." 
  9. Carl Lukat (2015-08-05). "Bubble soccer bursts onto the scene". Loudoun Times-Mirror. Archived from the original on 2015-08-31. https://web.archive.org/web/20150831135820/http://www.loudountimes.com/sports/article/bubble_soccer_bursts_onto_the_scene835. Retrieved 2015-08-30. "The sport originated four years ago in Norway. Bubble soccer surfaced in the United States in 2013 and has grown in notoriety since - currently played in 37 states."