Zorb Football Puts New Spin on Soccer

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The latest sports craze sweeping the UK has footballers suiting up in inflatable plastic balls to make knocking opponents down easy and painless. (May 1)

SHOTLIST:

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Cardiff, Wales - March 24, 2014

1. Close, foot on soccer ball, zoom out of game in play

2. Mid, soccer players in zorbs

3. Mid, players in game

4. Mid, of player putting on zorb, cut to close up inside zorb

5. Wide, game in play

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Connor O'Reagan, Player (Transcript Below)

7. Mid, players bumping into each other

8. Wide, players falling over

9. Wide, game in play

10. Mid, zorb developer playing with team

11. Mid, player with ball in game

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny McCarthy, Excel Bubble Football (Transcript Below)

13. Mid, players in game

14. Wide, game in play

15. Mid, developer coaching team

16. Mid, game in play

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17. SOUNDBITE (English) Danny McCarthy, Excel Bubble Football (Transcript Below)

18. Mid, game in play

19. Mid, player rolling on ground laughing

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20. SOUNDBITE (English) Connor O'Reagan, Player (Transcript Below)

21. Mid, players bumping into each other.

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE A FRIENDLY GAME OF SOCCER...

BUT A NEW SPORTING CRAZE IS SWEEPING THE UNITED KINGDOM AND GIVING TRADITIONAL FOOTBALL ...A RUN FOR ITS MONEY.

ZORB FOOTBALL, A TAKE ON THE CONVENTIONAL SOCCER MATCH, HAS PLAYERS SUITING UP IN GIANT INFLATABLE BALLS.

ONCE THE FOOTBALLERS MASTER GETTING THEIR UNIFORM ON, THE ZORBS ACT AS GIANT BUMPER BALLS AS PLAYERS CRASH INTO EACH OTHER WITHOUT GETTING HURT.

SOUNDBITE (English) Connor O'Reagan, Player:

"It's more about taking the opponent out and if you score, it's a bonus."

AS PLAYERS KNOCK THEIR OPPONENT DOWN, IT'S NOT SO EASY TO GET BACK UP AGAIN, MEANING LESS PLAYERS TO DEFEND THEIR GOAL.

AND ZORB DEVELOPERS SAY THE TWIST ON THE OLD CLASSIC MEANS MUCH MORE FUN ON THE PITCH.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny McCarthy, Excel Bubble Football:

"There's not many rules so it's a bit better. It's a lot better to be fair."

WITH ITS BEGINNINGS IN SCANDANAVIA, ZORB FOOTBALL TOURNAMENTS ARE NOW TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE UK.

SOUNDBITE (English) Danny McCarthy, Excel Bubble Football:

"It's not even hit the surface yet has it really. So, as soon as you do more proper football tournaments and people get more involved, then that's when it will start getting bigger."

WHILE ZORB FOOTBALL HASN'T REACHED STATUS WORTHY OF A WORLD CUP...

SOUNDBITE (English) Conor O'Reagan, Player:

"It's really, really fun. It's a good way of playing football, running into people, just having a good laugh really."

PLAYERS FIND THE GAME A FUN SPIN ON THE ORIGINAL SPORT

Emily Roseman/Associated Press

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