Bossaball – the new all-round sport
Ever wanted to experience the fluid movements of capoeira, or do you prefer beach volley? Are you a soccer fanatic or do you consider yourself more as a fancy dance floor shaker? Well, you will certainly feel challenged by Bossaball, a sports game that has to be seen and played to be believed. Bossaball is a ball game between 2 teams, combining elements of volleyball, football, gymnastics and capoeira. It is played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on each side of the net.
The story behind the sport
The Bossaball concept was created between 2003 and 2005 by Filip Eyckmans, a Belgian living in Spain for more than 10 years.
As a youngster, Eyckmans was a tennis player in the national team of Belgium, spending his remaining free time assisting live soccer matches and DJ-ing on private parties.
In the early nineties, he became manager of several music bands such as dEUS and Vive la Fete. On one of his multiple trips with dEUS in Brazil, he gets overwhelmed by the Afro-Brazilian phenomenon capoeira on a suburb square of Recife. He absorbs the fantastic late afternoon vibe on Brazil’s beaches where soccer, volley, dance and music smoothly fuse together.
In the late nineties, when beach volleyball is booming and the benji-trampolines are all over the shopping malls, Eyckmans starts to stir up his cocktail of music and sports. He is looking for a fusion of different body techniques. A sport with more rally than just serves and blocks. A concept in which disciplined gymnastics combine their flexibility, agility and coordination with the elegant ball touch of Zidane…
Bossaball is born. The ultimate mix of soccer, volley and gymnastics topped with an exotic, groovy sauce.
The change in gravity, combined with the safety provided by the inflatable surface, allows a whole new range of techniques, team tactics and strategies. Bossaball allows players to strike the ball at unseen heights with any part of their body. The result is astonishing overhead kicks, dramatic dives and masterful control. The playfield can be installed on diverse locations, both in-and-outdoor. It takes less than 45 minutes to set up the equipment and get ready to play.