What Is Bubble Soccer?
The Germans call it Loopyball, while other countries in Europe call it “Bubble football” or “Bubble Soccer.” The sporting game that’s sweeping the globe actually started out as a joke between Henrick Elvestad and Johan Gold, hosts of the Norwegian comedy sports show “Golden Goal.” The duo posted a video of them playing Bubble Soccer on YouTube, and its popularity spread across Europe like warm Nutella. Mmmm.
The game itself is a cross between soccer and zorbing, a sport where an individual rolls down the side of a hill or sometimes a level surface in a giant plastic orb. The plastic orb surrounding the player in Bubble Soccer is similar in construction but differs where these allow the player’s legs to run around freely or essentially wear the orb. We call our orbs Battle Balls, because the alliteration evokes the moods of both competition and silliness.