Bubble Soccer Central is a blog for operators, leagues, and players around the world. We share and discuss best practices, rules and regulations, equipment, safety, and more. Bubble Soccer Central is a publication of SoCal Bubble Sports, a conglomerate of several bubble soccer operations across southern California. Jake Sibley Posts on Bubble Soccer Central and runs his own bubble soccer company: San Diego Bubble Soccer.
We went through so many brands of goals when we started this operation. First we tried the tension-type goals, like Bownet and SKLZ Quickster. They are fast and easy, but so fragile. Even if you cone off a “crease” or “no player zone” around the goal, someone will eventually get knocked into the goal. And the goal will snap. Instantly. Or, as in the case of a friend’s operation, it will pierce the bubble.
heart•break ˈhärtˌbrāk/ 1. Overwhelming distress. 2. Watching in slow motion as your day’s profit evaporates in a splintered goal or pierced bubble.
So, we shifted to using inflatable goals. We still like the AirPro as a less expensive solution (review here), although it has irritating drawbacks.
Finally, we found the golden goal, the Goalrilla Gamemaker Inflatable and Portable Goal. Let’s look at these factors:
º Dimensions (scoring area)
º Portability (collapsed size and weight)
º Safety for people
º Safety for bubbles
º Simplicity of set-up
The Gamemaker comes in different sizes, but we recommend the 4×6. It’s the best size for bubble soccer, in our experience, both in terms of scoring area and portability.
The Gamemaker is not quite as portable as the AirPro, but it is still quite portable. It comes with a high-quality bag, with a roll-out flap that makes packing and unpacking a breeze. Packed dimensions are similar to a packed bubble bag, but it’s considerably lighter in weight than a bubble.
It runs about $125 – $150 for one on Amazon. Not as cheap as the AirPro, but well worth the money in saved time and hassle.
It’s soft enough to collapse if hit by a bubble. A+ for safety for both bubbles and people.
Thick, high-quality materials keep this goal firm when inflated, even in a stiff wind. Unless you physically squeeze it, you’d think it was made from solid posts.
The Gamemaker is super simple. It comes with its own pump, which is surprisingly fast at inflating it, taking only a few strokes. The pump works on up and down strokes, one more testament to the good design. We thought we’d use our bubble pumps for the goal, but this hand pump is actually faster for this task. Also, it has a deflate feature, which makes break-down very fast. And the goal is easy to roll and pack. Love it.
The goal is much tougher than any other solution we’ve tried. With that said, we did get one unit with a leaky inflate valve. However, since we bought it from Amazon , we got a new replacement via return in just a couple of days, no questions asked. Hooray, Amazon.
The Goalrilla Gamemaker is the best goal for bubble soccer we’ve found. Period.
By the way, if you buy this goal, or any equipment reviewed here, please purchase through our links to support this blog. While we do make a small, pennies-on-the-dollar commission off each purchase, we only recommend and link products that we actually use in the field in our bubble soccer business, so you can buy with confidence.