Bubble soccer bounces onto the national stage.
Players encased in their plastic “bubbles” enjoy an acrobatic five-on-five game of bubble soccer in Charlotte, NC. Bubble soccer is played in more than 20 countries and has professional leagues around the world.
The ingredients: sneakers, a soccer ball… and a couple dozen inflatable “body bubbles.” It may sound like a bad reality show, but Bubble Soccer is the newest rage in (weird) sports. The game? Soccer, as you know it—only that each player is encased from the knees up in a supersized inflatable ball.
What started as a joke among Norwegian friends in 2011 is now a legitimate sensation Stateside: The National Association of Bubble Soccer recently made it to the finals in Shark Tank and heads up 39 leagues nationwide, while locally, Knockerball Charlotte is expanding the sport’s scope by organizing everything from birthday parties to corporate team-building events within a four-hour radius of their South Charlotte headquarters.