Bubble Football 101: The Ultimate Guide to Zorbing Greatness

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What is Bubble Football?

Welcome to the wildest sport this side of the galaxy: Bubble Football! Don’t settle for regular football (or soccer as the yanks would call it) when you can strap yourself into your very own bubble armour and blast people to the moon and back.

With this bubble armour, you’ll gain superhero-like powers, ready to take on your opponents with reckless abandon. You can safely bump them a few (hundred) feet through the air and around the pitch, sending them flying like a SpaceX rocket.

Charge towards your opponents at breakneck speeds of up to 100 mph like a human wrecking ball. And instead of using a conventional tackle, use the more efficient shoulder barge to send your opponent rolling down the pitch like a giant bowling ball. Striiiikeeeeeee!

A History of Bubble Football

Bubble football is played all over the world. A meteoric rise for a game that was only invented 9 years ago!

In 2011, two crazy Norwegians, one called Henrik and the other called Johan created Bubble Football. Initially, it was created to illustrate how soft the modern game of football has become on their TV Show “Golden Goal” (hence wrapping players up in a bubble).

The game was a hit in Norway but wasn’t widely received outside of the country. Not until 2014 that is. When a guy called Lee Moseley self-financed the game taking it to the UK, USA and New Zealand. In just 3 years of its existence, it was becoming one of the most popular games on the planet!

You can find out more about History of Bubble Football here: Where Did Bubble Soccer Originate: The Unknown Story 

Knowing the Basics

Knowing the basics of bubble football is essential for players to have a fun and safe experience. While zorbs can reduce the risk of injury compared to other contact sports like football or rugby, there is one rule that novice players sometimes overlook: Choosing a reputable provider.

It is important to choose a reputable and trustworthy bubble football company or organisation. An accredited provider will have the necessary safety measures in place and provide high-quality zorbs that reduce the risk of injury. Look for providers that are registered with recognized organisations, such as the BBA in the USA and UKBFA in the UK. 

Traditional Football Vs Bubble Football

Bubble Football vs Traditional Football: The 10 Basic Rules

The number one rule in Bubble Football may not be “There are NO rules!” As some people like to exaggerate, but let’s be real, you can definitely get away with a lot more than in traditional football.

Once you step into that giant zorb, you’re no longer just a mere mortal playing a game. You’ve been granted special powers that come with a price. Will you be able to handle the power or will it go to your head?

The beauty of the zorb is that you can safely launch people into the air, sending them flying up to 10 feet high! And don’t worry, the person you’re smashing into will feel like they’re landing on a giant cloud. So, every hit and bump you deliver to the opposition is entirely free of remorse!

Now, let’s compare the five basic rules of traditional football to the five basic rules of Bubble Football. Here we go:

The 5 Basic Rules

1. Aim of The Game

Football:

The number of players and positions in each team should not exceed eleven (11). But, there must be one player nominated as a goalkeeper in each team.

Bubble Football:

The number of players and positions can vary – make it up as you go along. There is no nominated goalkeeper, if you want 10 goalies then fine if you want zero goalies also fine.

2. The Players

Football:

The number of players and positions in each team should not exceed eleven (11). But, there must be one player nominated as a goalkeeper in each team.

Bubble Football:

The number of players and positions can vary – make it up as you go along. There is no nominated goalkeeper, if you want 10 goalies then fine if you want zero goalies also fine.

Football:

The number of players and positions in each team should not exceed eleven (11). But, there must be one player nominated as a goalkeeper in each team.

Bubble Football:

The number of players and positions can vary – make it up as you go along. There is no nominated goalkeeper, if you want 10 goalies then fine if you want zero goalies also fine.

3. Scoring Goals

Football:

A goal results when the ball enters the goalmouth and crosses the goal line. Unsporting and inflammatory behaviour for goal celebrations may result in yellow or red cards.

Bubble Football:

A goal results when the ball enters the goalmouth and crosses the goal line. Unsporting and inflammatory behaviour for goal celebrations may result in a statue being built in your honour.

4. Basic Regulations

Football:

Generally, a foul is the use of excessive force or an outfield player handling the ball. Fouls and misconduct during the game usually result in disciplinary action. The referee uses caution cards to administer disciplinaries.

Bubble Football:

Excessive force may result in your opponent being rolled 50ft down the pitch or rocketed into the sky and you will not face any disciplinary action for this. 

5. Referees and Officials

Football:

Referees are also responsible for maintaining respect and sportsmanship from the players

Bubble Football:

The referee has one job. If someone gets stuck upside down they push them back onto their feet.

Hungry for more Bubble Football Vs Traditional football rule comparisons? We got you! You’ll find another 5 comparisons in this blog here: Bubble Football vs Traditional Football: The 10 Basic Rules

Bubble Football for Dummies: The Beginners Guide

Bubble Football For Dummies: The Beginners Guide

Hold on to your bubble hats, folks! You’re about to jump into the wacky world of Bubble Football, but you’ve never played before, and you’re as lost as a ping pong ball in a hurricane.

Lucky for you, the mad scientists at Spartacus Bubble Soccer have cooked up some tips, tricks, do’s, and don’ts to help you survive (and hopefully enjoy) your first game.

1. HOW DO YOU PUT THE SUIT ON?

Good question! We have all seen the giant hamster zorbs on holiday haven’t we. Where you are fully encased in a giant inflatable bubble and you run around like a hamster either on land or water.

Well, not that. But similar! Bubble Zorbs encase only the top half of your body. So you’re covered from head to waist in the zorb but your legs are free to run around with it. Like carrying a giant inflatable backpack around on your back!

2. DOES SIZE MATTER?

Depends who you ask and in what context I suppose, but in Bubble Football it doesn’t! Of course, someone who is bigger will be harder to knock down but if you’re lighter you will be much harder to catch.

Use your attributes to your advantage – this is a game of witts!

3. DO YOU NEED TO LIKE FOOTBALL (OR SOCCER)?

With Spartacus, the answer is NO. In Fact a little interesting fact for you: If we took away the ball after 2 minutes no one would even realise. You are wearing a giant inflatable bubble on your back that lets you safely smash your mates 10ft in the air – why on earth would you be bothered with the football?

4. HOW DO I GET UP WHEN I GO DOWN?

For all you Rocky Balboa’s reading this thinking you won’t get knocked down, I assure you, you will! But it ain’t how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward (love a little Rocky quote!)

The BEST way to get back up is to roll to your front. Put your knees on the floor. One leg up first and then the other. If you are stuck on your back like a stag beetle then simply roll to your front again and repeat the above process.

If you are stuck upside down – nothing I can do for you mate, sorry (shout for help maybe?).

You can find an even BIGGER and BETTER Idiot’s Guide to Bubble Football here: Bubble Football For Dummies: The Beginners Guide

Indoor Vs Outdoor: Choosing Your Venue

OK, so we know how to play the bonkers game of bubble football. But what will be the chosen arena for this historic match? It’s time to delve into the great indoor vs outdoor debate? Let’s get into it!

SHOULD I PLAY BUBBLE FOOTBALL INDOOR OR OUTDOOR?

Well, you’ve got two options: indoor and outdoor. Indoor games happen in places like gyms and sports halls, while outdoor games happen on 4g football pitches and anywhere with a big enough space covered in grass (sorry, your back garden may not cut it).

Indoor bubble football is perfect for those who love the smell of sweat and squeaky sneakers. It’s a controlled environment where you won’t have to worry about unexpected rain or sunburns. However, you might have to deal with the sound waves of laughter and noise bouncing off the walls.

On the other hand, outdoor bubble football offers the chance to soak up some Vitamin D and offers up more space and freedom to play the beautiful (bonkers) game.. Just be prepared for the uneven playing surfaces (when playing on grass), and the occasional bug flying up your nose. 

THE PROS AND CONS EXPLAINED

Indoor bubble football is good if you’re not a fan of getting sunburned or rained on. However, you may have to deal with the sound of your own voice and laughter echoing off the walls and the hard surface flooring. 

Outdoor bubble soccer, on the other hand, is played on a more cushioned and bouncy surface. You get to enjoy the fresh air and the natural scenery. But beware, because Mother Nature might throw a curveball at you with unexpected weather conditions. 

So, which one is better? Well, it all depends on your preferences and what you’re in the mood for. Just remember to bring your A-game and a towel to wipe off the sweat (or raindrops) because it’s going to get bouncy!

DIFFERENCES IN PLAYING SURFACES AND EQUIPMENT

The equipment needed for both indoor and outdoor bubble soccer is basically the same, but the playing surfaces differ greatly. 

Indoor games are typically played on hardwood (some may have synthetic turf), while outdoor games are usually played on grass or artificial turf. 

The outdoor option is a more comfortable way to play the game due to the surface (unless you find an indoor venue with synthetic turf). 

TIPS FOR PLAYING IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS

INDOOR BUBBLE FOOTBALL

  • Harder surfaces so will be more taxing on the joints so bare this in mind
  • Watch out for the sound waves of laughter and noise bouncing off the walls.

OUTDOOR BUBBLE FOOTBALL

  • Watch out for divots, holes, and other obstacles that could trip you up if playing on grass 
  • Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray, depending on the weather and location.
  • Enjoy the fresh air and natural scenery, but beware of unexpected weather conditions.

Planning Your Bubble Football Event

Bubble Football Sheffield

Alright, folks, let’s plan a bubble football party that will have your friends talking about it for years to come. Here are some tips on how to make your event a smashing success:

CHOOSING YOUR LOCATION

So, we have already talked about the indoor vs outdoor debate, but, we now need a location to accommodate your gang of bubble footballers. 

From Inception back in 2011 the game is now a global phenomenon. Yes, GLOBAL! You can play this game all over the world. 

For any of the lucky souls reading this who are based in the UK. It is available  nationwide with Spartacus Bubble Soccer. 

To check out the massive 30 locations we cover you can head over to this blog here for more info – Bubble Football Near Me: The Top 30 Locations in the UK

ASSEMBLING YOUR BUBBLE FOOTBALL SQUAD

Alright, it’s time to assemble your squad for this epic bubble football showdown! But who should you invite? Well, first and foremost, you want people who are down to get a little crazy and have a good time.

Don’t worry if they’re not football (or soccer fans), because let’s be real, where to bounce, the ball becomes a prop pretty quickly!

When it comes to creating your squad, don’t discriminate. This is a game that anyone can play, regardless of size, shape, or athletic ability. So, invite your tall friends, short friends, skinny friends, and not-so-skinny friends.

Just because someone’s got a little extra meat on their bones doesn’t mean they’re unbeatable (that’s assuming they can catch you!).

So, choose your team wisely, and get ready to have a blast (quite literally).

HOW TO CELEBRATE VICTORY (OR DROWN YOUR SORROWS)

Alright, listen up winners! After a wild game of bubble football, it’s time to celebrate your victory.

Let’s be honest, the real highlight of the game was probably all the hilarious crashes and smashes you experienced in your giant bubble. 

You’ll want to relive those epic moments (assuming you have filmed some of this historic event on your phone) after the game.

What better way to do it then with some food and maybe even a beer (or three). 

Oh and while I’m on the subject of beer, It’s important not to have any of this BEFORE the game! Why? We’ll most responsible providers won’t allow it for one. 

But, maybe even more importantly, imagine doing somersaults in a giant zorb suit with a belly full of beer. Can’t see that ending well can you!?

So, grab a drink, grab a snack, and toast to a game well-played after the game. There will be plenty of comedy gold video clips to get through and plenty of new hilarious memories to share.

Cheers to a great game, and may the next one be just as epic.

Bubble Football Games: The Zorb Olympics

Now, here’s the fun part. For any rookies who haven’t played the game before, you will know how hilarious this game looks. But you won’t know how tiring it can be. That’s why it is ESSENTIAL to have some fast moving and attention grabbing games you can play in the zorbs – that don’t include a football. 

This will keep it fresh and exciting leading up to the big finale of Bubble Football. The big bubble royal rumble, if you will!

Here at Spartacus Bubble Soccer, we created a brand new concept in zorbing. We bring to you the wildly popular Zorb Olympics. A series of attention grabbing and fast moving games and challenges that can be played inside the bubble suits. 

Here is a little sneak peak of the revolutionary format:

THE ZORB SERGEANT 

Two Teams. Each team gets a Sergeant. Aim of the game is to knock down the opposition’s “Zorb Sergeant” while defending your own. Some real Saving Private Ryan stuff this, minus the Tom Hanks because we don’t quite have the budget for that yet. 

BUBBLE KING OF THE RING

Everyone starts in the ring but only one person can be left standing and be crowned Bubble King. You can go down and get back up but if you’re knocked out the ring you’re out. Last man in the ring is the new Bubble King!

SUMO

1 v 1. The strongest zorb wins. Wrestle the other zorb out of the ring and crown yourself as champion! They won’t be trying to wedgie each other like the Japanese fellas though! Super fun, more zorbing, less nappies.

ROLL RACE

A roll race in the bubbles. More rollovers than the lottery on this one! A single roll or a double, a double bubble, causing trouble for the other bubble, leave the other bubble blubbering in the rubble. I’m a poet and I didn’t know it – I’ve made myself dizzy! 

So, if you’re looking for a variety of games that are super fun and less nappy, the Zorb Olympics is just the ticket for you. For even more wild games check out this blog here: Bubble Football Games – Zorb Olympics

Frequently Asked Questions for Bubble Football

IS BUBBLE FOOTBALL SAFE?

Yes, as long as you don’t eat too many beans before the game. Kidding! It’s super safe. Just make sure you choose a reputable bubble football provider (look for accreditation where possible).

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU NEED TO PLAY BUBBLE FOOTBALL?

At least 6, but the more the merrier! Let’s get a whole army of bubble soldiers out there.

IS BUBBLE FOOTBALL SUITABLE FOR KIDS?

Absolutely! Kids love it and they can run around like little bouncy balls without getting hurt. Just make sure they don’t accidentally knock over grandma.

WHAT IS THE COST OF PLAYING BUBBLE FOOTBALL?

It’s priceless! Just kidding, it depends on how long you want to play and how many bubbles you need. But trust us, it’s worth every penny.

HOW LONG DOES A GAME OF BUBBLE FOOTBALL LAST?

It depends on how long you can handle being a bouncing, rolling, laughing machine! But on average, a game lasts about an hour for groups of 15 and less and 90 minutes for 15 and over.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PLAYING BUBBLE FOOTBALL?

Well, besides having a blast and getting some exercise, it’s a great stress reliever. Plus, you’ll have some hilarious memories to look back on and share with your friends. And who knows, maybe you’ll even become a pro bubble football player and compete in the Olympics!

Have we left you with some questions unanswered? Well then head over to this extended FAQ page!

The Final Whistle

In conclusion, Bubble Football is basically a recipe for hilariously chaotic fun that has won over the hearts of players and onlookers worldwide. It all started in Norway, but now it’s blown up in the UK, USA, and New Zealand and the bubble shows no signs of bursting. Just make sure you’re working with a legit and trustworthy provider. While the rules might be a little different than your typical soccer game, you’ll still need to rely on teamwork, strategy, and a dash of good fortune to come out on top. So, whether you’re a total rookie or a seasoned bubble soccer pro, one thing is for sure: you’re in for a wild ride that you won’t soon forget!

Ready to get the ball rolling? Spartacus Bubble Soccer will get you equipped with everything you need to play (we’ll even teach you the secret tricks of the trade). So, what are you waiting for? Shoot us a message and let’s get the bounce!

 

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