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The only way we can think to easily describe bubble football is that it’s part zorbing and part five-a-side football, but that still really doesn't do it justice. Because the football aspect is also pretty loose, and because you'll soon find that bumping into your mates and sending them rolling around the floor is a hell of a lot of fun as well! Trust us, it is. It may sound like a simple joy but as an adult we feel like we’re denied the simple, childlike joys. So this is your chance to enjoy a kick about with your mates, but with a twist. That twist being no use of your arms for balance or protection and trying to run and coordinate the ball – with a giant clear ball covering your upper body.
There should always be a briefing before the event starts so everyone is aware of how the game will go. There will also be a referee and staff on hand to make sure that the game is fair and that you’ll have someone to help you get out of your bubble. Sounds simple right? Well… you’d think so but it’s actually a lot harder than you but and more fun than you could possible imagine! It's also fun for all ages.*
*Details may vary from venue to venue. For exact details please contact our party planners
Still feeling confused? Alright, basically imagine those big zorbs people climb in and roll down hill's in. Well, you're in a half sized one of those, where they just cover your upper body, so you can run around and play games in them. This also means you can charge into each other without feeling it. Also nicknamed bubble soccer, you will normally play on a football pitch or inside a gymnasium (imagine the PE room at school). You will also have an instructor, who will run through each game. One of the funnest games is the bowling ball, where you charge into three others and see if you can knock them all over (my personal best is 2 people knocked down).
Bubble Football actually started as a joke on a Norwegian comedy show. Then people started to take it half-seriously, and since then this bizarre sport has become a bit of a worldwide phenomenon, and definitely one of the most popular stag do activities we offer.
Essentially, Bubble Football is a cross between football and Zorbing, a New Zealand invention where you’re strapped inside a giant inflatable bubble and sent rolling down a hill. You’re encased in this plastic cocoon and sent off to play a game of football, with just your legs poking out so you can run around. As players bump into each other they’re sent flying, leading to all kinds of madness. Trust us, stag activities in England don’t get much sillier, or more fun, than this.
Bubble Football is similar in many ways to 5-a-side football, however there are various rules that apply, such as not bumping an opponent from behind, and that you can bump any player whether they’re in possession of the ball or not. You’ll have a referee for your session, who will explain all of the rules to you.
Not only is Bubble Football an ideal stag do activity, we’d suggest it’s actually one of the best out there. You don’t need anything except shorts and trainers, it’s all organised for you, and it’s such a massive giggle. The guys who invented it should be given a medal. This has long been one of the most popular activities on a stag do in Krakow, as groups of lads smash into each other at full pace, as well as playing a few games in-between.
You don’t need to be super-fit for a game of Bubble Football, but depending on how seriously you take it, it can be a workout. Not only are you running about for an hour or so, but you’re also wearing a giant inflatable bubble that weighs something like 12kg. Our advice would be not to do it on a full stomach - the last thing you want to do is throw up in one of these things.
We’d recommend 8 - 12 players for a game of Bubble Football. 10 would probably be the ideal number, for a 5-a-side match. If your group is odd-numbered it’s not a problem, you can have uneven teams, or take turns subbing someone off.
Yes, depending on the venue once you’ve got the bubbles on you’re not limited to football. You might try some daft footie challenges like Dizzy Penalties, or other games such as Sumo or British Bulldog. For example, if you're booking a Manchester stag do, then you could combine the game of zorb football with a game of football darts, as it is run by the same partner and they can bring all the equipment with them to the same venue. The added benefit to this is it won't involve any extra travel time between activities, it gives people something to do between games and it comes at a lower cost per activity if combined.
You won’t be allowed to play if the organisers think you’re under the influence of anything. If you want a few drinks, save it for afterwards. Believe us, you do not want a few pints sloshing around inside you while you’re getting bounced around in every direction.
It’s actually quite difficult to think of a safer sport than Bubble Football. Maybe table tennis? You’re encased in a giant plastic bubble, so there’s not much can happen to you. Ooh bees! Yes don’t let a bee get stuck in there with you, you don’t want that.
This activity requires you to move around – a lot. So make sure you bring a gym kit and some old trainers to change into. The activity usually takes place outdoors as well but (obviously) that’s dependant on weather so please keep that into account.
For Bubble Football just wear what you would for a kickabout on an AstroTurf pitch - shorts, t-shirts, trainers. No football boots of course, and don’t go bare-chested as you won’t want the plastic rubbing against your skin. Unless that’s your thing. It is, isn’t it, be honest. You love it, you randy sod.
Height, weight and medical restrictions depend on the venue, but most will want you to be at least 5ft tall, and weigh no more than 22 stone (140kg). If in doubt, ask your friendly stag do planner, who will be more than happy to find out the details on your behalf.
Don't worry, we provide everything you need, including bibs, the zorbs, referee and the venue, meaning all you need to do is turn up. All of the equipment is of the highest quality, through our trusted suppliers.
You must be at least 16 years old to play bubble soccer. You can however turn up and cheer on your friends if you are younger, but you won't be able to participate in the games.
Getting to your Bubble Football activity is up to you. If you’re driving, there will either be parking available at the venue or nearby.
Public transport may also be available depending where you are. But by far the most convenient way to get there is with our great value door-to-door transfer service. We’ll make sure you’re picked up on time from a pre-agreed location, and picked up again afterwards.
It means every member of the group can relax and perhaps have a few drinks after the match with no need to worry about driving.
Remarkably, it is a huge thing! Ever since it was seen on TV in Norway on a comedy show, it has gradually taken the world by storm, becoming a huge sport in the USA and with it's very own world cup, managed by TheStagCompany.
The rules in each country do vary, but the principles remain, in how you play and how you score points.
Brilliant weekend, even for an oldie like me. Mixing with the youngsters, I did not look out of place completing the bubble football. Brilliant stag do, well organized and great value for money! - Crouchy (Stag Company Trust Pilot)
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