The sport of bubble football, mostly known in America as bubble soccer, was introduced to the American market barely five years ago in 2014. With its rapid popularity spreading across the nation, its no wonder that many are confused by what exactly it is. A common confusion that we get is the difference between a Zorb ball and Bubble football, or bubble ball.
Bubble ball soccer is like your typical soccer game except playing whilst encased inside an inflated large plastic round ball with a chamber, which just covers the player’s upper-body and head. It is made like this so that when a player falls upside down, there is about roughly 6 inches of plastic protecting the top of the player’ skull from contacting the ground. This allows the player to roll or flip away without any harm. The legs are not covered so that there is no leg movement restriction in order for the player to be able to freely run or jump. We carry bubble balls that are in two different sizes: Large and Medium. The large bubble balls are no taller than 4 feet. Because of their various heights, we assign players to the correct size ball not by age but by height. We choose to assign by height because we want to make sure that there is enough plastic above the player’s head.
The game itself can played indoors or outdoors on any flat surface. Just like soccer but preferably on grass or astro turf. The use of bubble balls is not limited to just the sport of soccer. There are also many variations of bubble ball games, with scenarios such as The Ultimate Sumo, Human bowling, Sharks and Minnows, and so much more!
Zorbing, which unfortunately we do not have or do, is the sport of rolling downhill inside an a HUGE plastic sphere, generally made of transparent plastic. It actually has two balls as one layer, or ball is where the player remains inside, with a second layer enclosing the first layer. Like a hamster ball, which zorb balls are commonly referred to as. The giant ball is usually two meters in diameter and has a zippered entrance to allow for easy entry and exit. The sport of Zorbing is generally performed on a gentle slope so that when pushed, the Zorb ball gains momentum as it rolls down. But, it can also be done on a level surface but would be more hard to use as it is so heavy. Due to the buoyant nature of the orbs, Zorbing can also be carried out on water, provided the orb is inflated properly and sealed once the rider is inside.
So basically the main difference between a Bubble Ball and a Zorb ball is the following:
Bubble soccer only covers the upper body of player with the legs sticking out, while zorb ball is much bigger as it covers the entire human being.
Bubble soccer is for bumping against each other like bumper cars but bumper human! While Zorb ball is for rolling down the hill or land like a hamster ball.
A pretty substantial difference between the two right?!