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Boston Common to host bubble soccer games

To play bubble soccer, people cram their bodies into large inflatable spheres and then use them to pummel their opponents.
To play bubble soccer, people cram their bodies into large inflatable spheres and then use them to pummel their opponents.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/File/Boston Globe

Feeling stressed out on the job? Instead of taking a lunch break Tuesday, consider heading down to Boston Common and joining in a rousing game of bubble soccer.

Social Boston Sports and BubbleBall Me are teaming up to host a series of five-on-five matches to introduce more people to the full-contact sport.

“It’s become super-popular through all of these viral videos of people playing,” said Matt Rubin, commissioner of Social Boston Sports. “So we’ll be pulling people from all walks of life off the street to get them — if they want — to play.”

Tuesday’s games are free and open to anyone willing to take on the challenge. Organizers will meet at the corner of Charles and Beacon streets at 11:15 a.m., before kicking off the first game.

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To play bubble soccer, people cram their upper bodies into large inflatable spheres and then use them to pummel their opponents. Participants also have to try to score goals.

Referees will limit each game to five minutes, Rubin said, because playing is exhausting.

“You think five minutes isn’t a very long time, but . . . you get hot and sweaty carrying that thing around,” Rubin said.

Rubin would like to see the fervor spread locally.

“It would be awesome if it really catches on,” he said.


Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.