Bubble Soccer one of the most entertaining, enjoyable, and exciting team building games you’ve got to try in 2020! In each Bubble Soccer game, players are put into a giant inflatable bubble suit which allows them to bump, bounce, and roll around the playing arena gleefully and safely! This encourages teams to work together and strategise the best game plan to win. Furthermore, players will have to communicate effectively and work well as a team. Here are some 5 key rules to observe while in a game of Bubble Soccer.
1. Safety & Equipment
Similar to your traditional soccer, there will be a referee during each match to supervise the game and ensure the safety of the players.
Excessive force bumps without the intentions of gain possession of the ball or to clear the path of the ball to the goal, will be penalized with a 2 min penalty based on referee’s discretion. Depending on the case, especially when these bumps are from blind spots & when safety of the opponent is endangered, referee has the authority to eject a player.
We recommend wearing knee pads for bubble soccer games held in rough floor surfaces. However, this is up to the organiser’s or the player’s wishes.
Each match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than 5 players. We recommend having a good gender mix (at least one female) on the field at all times during the play.
Substitution: Substitutions are allowed during the game at any time during active play. To substitute a player, the player coming off of the field needs to stand by the sideline of the field as the new player going onto the field crosses the sideline to enter the game simultaneously. All substituted players will be checked for equipment by a referee before entering onto the field.
Goalkeeper: As mentioned, each team will have a maximum of 5 players on the field. Goalkeepers are NOT allowed. There will be a crease area in front of the goal – players can travel through the crease, but cannot stay in the crease for more than 3 seconds. Again, this is subjected to the modification of rules by the organisers.
3. Modes of Scoring
A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar. This is provided that the team scoring the goal did not commit any fouls (illegal pushing of opponent) whilst scoring the goal. The team that scores the greater number of goals during a match is deemed the winner. In the regular season, if both teams score an equal number of goals, or if no goals are scored, the match is drawn.
4. Duration of each Match
The match lasts two equal halves of 12 minutes, unless otherwise mutually agreed between both teams. Any agreement to alter the periods of play (for example to reduce each half to 8 or 10 minutes) must be made before the start of play.
Halftime Interval: Players are entitled to an interval at half-time which must not exceed 5 minutes.
5. Start & Restart of each Play
At the beginning of the match, both teams will line up on the “baseline” closest to their goal. The referee will place the ball in the middle of the field and blow the whistle once to begin play. This start will occur at the beginning of the game and the second half, as well as after each goal scored.