Team building with a bounce


U.S. Army Europe G1 Soldiers and civilians face off in bubble soccer March 27 at the Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.

U.S. Army Europe G1 Soldiers and civilians face off in bubble soccer March 27 at the Clay Kaserne Fitness Center.

Soldiers beat civilians 4-1, but everyone wins

Story and photos by

Yanir Hill


Special to the Herald Union

The stage was set for team building among U.S. Army Europe G1 Soldiers and civilians March 27 at the Clay Kaserne Fitness Center with a unique tool: bubble soccer.

Take the overall dynamics of “the beautiful game” (soccer), change a few rules to adjust parameters, throw in extra large bubble balls and you have bubble soccer: team-building with a bounce.

Each team has five players on the court at any given time.

As they all run to take possession of the soccer ball, their bubble balls bump into each other causing them to fall, roll and force themselves back up — much like resilience. In the end, Soldiers beat the civilians 4 to 1. Despite the score, all players and spectators had a great time and later enjoyed the hotdogs and drinks offered by the USO Mobile Canteen.

The G1 team will face the G3 team on May 15 at the Clay Kaserne Fitness Center. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m., and spectators are welcome.