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FAQs and TC Bubble Soccer Rules


What is the age limit and size?

Children as young as six have played. The suits are very protective and the children at that age can barely build up enough momentum to remotely be of any harm. From our observations it is much safer for kids and they absolutely love both playing and spectating.

Recommended size of adults is under 6’5 and 250lbs but if you can fit into the bubble you are welcome to play.  Participants must be similar in size and no rough play will be allowed. Larger participants can play with younger or smaller participants as long as the impacts are appropriate.  This is why we provide referees for all events – anyone not following the rules will be excluded from further play time.


Do we need to already know how to play soccer to participate? 

Definitely not, the rules of bubble soccer are far simpler. There is one objective and that is to get the ball in the goals, all other traditional soccer rules need not apply. It is really all about having fun!


What should I wear?

Sporting attire shorts and a T-shirt is recommended as it can get quite hot inside the bubble suits. T-Shirts are preferred because the straps can rub against the skin around the shoulders. Knee pads are recommended, especially for indoor games, because you are constantly using your knees to get back up.

Cleats are not allowed because they can damage the bubble suits.

Eye glasses should not be worn inside the bubble suits. Players who require glasses must accept the full responsibility for any injury or damage to equipment suffered due to the wearing of glasses.

Players must remove any loose jewelry and cover any items that may cause injury or damage to the bubbles or participant.


Are the Bubble Suits clean?

Yes, the Bubble Suits are cleaned thoroughly after each use with antibacterial solution.



What happens if it rains?

In the event that the weather is not Bubble Soccer appropriate the day and time of your reservation, we will absolutely reschedule you at no additional cost. Please keep in mind there are no refunds once a reservation has been made.



Do you travel to events outside of Traverse City?

Absolutely! We are here to bring the shenanigans and the laughs to you! Below you will find a map outlining our general travel area for standard event reservations (birthday parties, family reunions, grad parties, bachelor parties, etc). For areas outside our included travel boundaries, travel fees are waived for reservations booked for at least half day (4 hour) events. These are guidelines, if you have any questions or special requests, please call us at (231)944-5376 or Email us at [email protected] any time! 

TC Bubble Soccer Rules of Play


1.    Players

 A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than 7 players.  Each team must have at least one female on the field at all times during play.  A match may not start if either team consists of fewer than three players.



Substitutions will be 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.





During gameplay, there are four active players on the field with each team.  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 three seconds.


2.    Safety & Equipment

 The referees provided during the match are for the supervision of the game, but also to ensure the safety of the players.

 Excessive force bumps without the intent to gain possession of the ball OR without the intent to clear the path of the ball to the goal, can and will be penalized with a 2-minute penalty based on referee’s discretion. Depending on circumstances, especially when these bumps are from blind spots and when safety of the opponent is endangered, referee has the authority to eject a player.

 Bumping the opponents outside the boundary cones is NOT legal. Point of contact/bump determines whether a bump is in or out of the boundary areas. A bump inside the playing field that results in an opponent falling outside that playing area is legal.

 We recommend wearing knee pads for indoor bubble soccer games.



Each player must be in a “Bubble Ball” prior to stepping on the field.  The equipment shall be worn fully-inflated and over the shoulders with shoulder straps that are snug to ensure that the player is secured tightly inside the ball.

 Players must wear tennis shoes or turf shoes; soccer cleats will not be allowed.  Shin guards and kneepads are recommended but not required.

 Jewelry, glasses and other sharp objects:

No jewelry or other sharp objects may be worn during play or in the Bubble Ball.  Glasses may be used, however will need to be worn with an eyewear retainer to keep them on the player at all times.


 “On the Ground Rule”:

Players who are knocked to the ground during play must be allowed to get up before being contacted again by the opposing team.  It is critical that players not be hit while on the ground and be allowed to get up.  Referees will strictly enforce this rule as a player’s legs are vulnerable when trying to stand up and to ensure safety.




Whistle to Stop Play

Referees will blow the whistle three times consecutively to either stop play or to signal the end of a half and/or game.  All players must STOP if they hear the signal.  Active gameplay will be stopped by the referees to respond to player safety concerns (loose strap, Bubble Balls which are not properly inflated or other safety condition).


Restart of Play

If play is stopped by the referee, it will be resumed by one blow of the whistle to continue play.


3.    Duration of the Match

 The match lasts two equal halves of 10 minutes, unless otherwise mutually agreed between the supervisor and the two participating teams. Any agreement to alter the periods of play (for example to reduce each half to less than 10 minutes because of insufficient light) must be made before the start of play and must comply with competition rules.

 Halftime Interval

·         Players are entitled to an interval at halftime.

·         The halftime interval must not exceed 5 minutes.

·         The duration of the halftime interval may be altered only with the consent of the supervisor.



4.    The Start and Restart of 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.


5.    The Ball in and out of Play

 Referees will not stop play if a ball goes out of bounds.  The ball is still “active,” unless it goes out of bounds near spectators or other obstructions which could cause a hazard to player or spectator safety.  Referees will call “play on” to indicate to players that the ball is still active if out-of-bounds.

 Referees will have two balls on hand during gameplay, one ball will be actively in play.  If the ball is kicked far out of bounds, a referee will roll a second ball into play. At the point of where the ball went out or into the center of the field.  If a ball is introduced into the field, the referee will call “play on” to indicate a new ball was introduced into play.


6.    Method of Scoring

 A goal is scored when the whole of the ball passes over the goal line, between the goalposts and under the crossbar, provided that no infringement of the Laws of the Game has been committed previously by the team scoring the goal.

The team scoring the greater number of goals during a match is 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.



If you aren’t panting, belly laughing, giggling uncontrollably and trying not to wet yourself, you are probably not doing it right.  Bubble Soccer is about the fun, shenanigans and near chaos! Sure there is some competitive nature in all sports, but that isn’t the focus here.  Have some fun, roll around, bump into someone, flip upside down and hop back up and do it all over again.  Go nuts and have a blast!  If you have had fun with us at events or leagues, please spread the word.  Share your photos to our social media accounts, tag us in statuses or photos, tell a friend, tell your family, tell someone you don’t even know…   J   Thanks for joining us and don’t forget to post photos to our FB/Instagram pages for an opportunity to win a free TC Bubble Soccer rental for your next event!


Thank you for your interest in bubble soccer, and most of all, your choice of TC Bubble Soccer. 

We appreciate your business.


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