The sport of Bossaball is about rhythm. The rhythm of the movement of the players, jumping, kicking, and executing the final spike, all to the beat of the historic bossa nova brazilian dance music. See, in Bossabll, the referee is not only the regulator of play, but the DJ and party organizer.
The sport historically combines elements of partying, music, dancing, gymnastics, volleyball, and soccer. The game is set up all around one giant, inflatable, volleyball court, with a trampoline on either side of the net. There are 4 players on each side, one player up front, one continuously bouncing on the trampoline, ready to strike, and two in the backcourt. The players use their feet, knees, and heads, to play volleyball with a slightly larger, lighter soccer ball. People who know the Bossaball strategy know the key is to get the ball to the trampoline bouncer, who can perform a gymnastics esque, pristine, bicycle kick, to send the ball soaring down at a sharp angle, like an eagle diving down to scoop its prey.
The amazing thing about the sport is that while all this sporting complexity is occuring, a party is raging around the outside. There is music and dancing, and the players try to jump, and play to the beat of the classic bossa nova drum beats. The sport of Bossaball is more of a spectacle than sport.
The sport is the brainchild of Belgian-Spanish genius, Filip Eyckmans, who spent most of his youth playing soccer with his friends, and being the DJ at big Spanish clubs. He came up with the idea around 2003 to manifest his two passions into one. Eyckmans says he was inspired by the “fluid movements” of volleyball players, because he saw many beach volleyball games while DJing at beach parties.
The sport has become reasonably popular since, with most of its obscure popularity residing in Latin American countries, and European countries, such as Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Austria, Holland, and Argentina. They have started their own leagues in these countries, as well as invitationals across the globe. Their crowning achievement came in 2016, when they had their own tournament at the 2016 Rio olympic games, pushing the once unheard of sport, into the mainstream eye. One of the best Bossaball players in the world, Avyna Denhaag, reflects on the game. “It’s becoming a true lifestyle sport. It’s not just about the game or the music or the party. It’s about the simultaneous interaction and blend of them. Once all of it syncs together, it’s really a magical experience.”