Bubble soccer blowing its way into Montreal

There are two places in the Montreal area that allow kids to take part in this unique, trending sport

Photo Credit: Caroline Demers

Many of us have seen the YouTube videos of people bouncing into each other dressed in giant plastic bubbles as they attempt to play sports. Bubble sports, the most popular being bubble soccer, originated in Norway several years ago after a match was shown on a television game show. Since then, the craze has spread like wildfire across Europe and into Canada.

The concept of bubble soccer is simple: you step into a large, transparent plastic bubble, and knock your opponents out of the way as you run across the field to try and score a goal.

While there are several centres in and around Montreal dedicated to bubble soccer and other games, only a few of those allow children to participate, two of them being Sumo Soccer and Bubble Madness.

Sumo Soccer offers bubble suits for children under 4 feet 10 inches tall, and Bubble Madness offers kid-size bubbles for participants between 7 and 12 years old. Teenagers use adult-size ones.

At Bubble Madness, approximately eight to 10 players can participate per game, which usually lasts between five and seven minutes, with frequent water breaks. Apart from soccer, other games can be played such as Spartacus; participants are divided into two teams and must channel their inner warriors in order to knock members of the opposing team onto the ground. The team with the most players left standing is named the victor.

Bubble Madness tries to be inclusive; boys and girls play alongside each other. Owner Jonathan Pharez says this activity is a fun and safe alternative to traditional sports where head injuries are common due to on-field collisions and other accidents.

In the U.S., bubble sports (often referred to as Knockerball) leagues are common across the country. Both Sumo Soccer and Bubble Madness offer their services on an event-only basis, but Pharez from Bubble Madness says they are looking into starting their own league because the demand in the Montreal area is so high.

Sumo Soccer is located at 2003 Francis-Hughes Ave. in Laval. For more information, call 438-888-7866 or visit sumosoccer.com/en.

For more information on Bubble Madness, call 514-886-2810 or visit bubblemadness.ca

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