A match is played by two teams, each consisting of not more than six players. You must have a minimum of six players and a maximum of fourteen 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 side-line to enter the game simultaneously. All substituted players will be checked for equipment by a referee before entering onto the field.
There are no goalkeepers in bubble soccer. A player is only allowed in the goal circle for 3 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.
No blindside hits! If a player is facing the opposite direction it is ok to give them a nudge but no full speed bumps to a player that is not looking.
Each player must be in a “Battle 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 Battle 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 players 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, Battle Balls which are not properly inflated or other unsafe condition).
Restart of Play
If play is stopped by the referee, it will be resumed by one blow of the whistle to resume play.