By Anthony Savonarota
Originally created as a joke in Eastern Europe, Bubble Soccer is a cross between “zorbing” (when an individual rolls down a side of a hill in a plastic orb) and soccer. The objective of bubble soccer is to knock each other down as you try to score. If you are interested in trying it out, here are a few things you should know.
You only feel the heat when you leave the bubble.
If a camera may add ten pounds, the bubble feels like it subtracts ten! Your head is partially exposed (although hidden far enough into the bubble so that you don’t get hit by the ball), it allows enough air to filter through the top of your body, giving the impression that you feel cool. It is only until after you take the bubble off that you feel as hot as you would after every other sport.
It’s not about athletics.
Just because you have experience in soccer, don’t think you might be a star on the field for this one. The bubble was deliberately designed to obscure the vision of whoever is in it, especially when you are looking down. If anyone is showing off, you can always give them a “friendly” bump as a reminder to stay humble.
The game is essentially about bouncing around.
The beauty of bubble soccer is that in due time the game will turn every competitive player into someone who just wants to have fun. This is the sport where it’s honestly more fun to be hit than to tackle another player, and you can even flip from one end of the field to the other without any risk.
If Bubble Soccer sounds like your type of exercise, you're in luck! Besides popping up in multiple areas around Toronto, some establishments have recently also begun hitting the GTA and beyond. Whichever one you choose will allow you to get your bounce on!