The Balloon World Cup is our new favourite thing
The Balloon World Cup is our new favourite thing

The Balloon World Cup is our new favourite thing

Remember when you were a kid and you used to keep a balloon off the floor for as long as possible? Well, that game has been turned into an official Balloon World Cup and it’s just been won by Peru.

The final between Spain and Peru was watched by an online audience of eight million, which tells you just how popular the sport has become. Peru won and Spain were left deflated (sorry).

And yes, we used the word ‘sport’ there to describe the Balloon World Cup.

The game, as you might have guessed, grew in popularity during lockdown when keeping a balloon off the floor was peak entertainment.

One group’s attempts and videos went viral and it inspired thousands more to take up the sport. Check out the action below and try and keep up!

Some big names including Barcelona defender Gerard Pique got involved and the game evolved into a World Cup.

The rules are simple. The balloon has to be struck upwards and you win a point if the ball hits the floor. Matches run between two and five minutes and the winner is the team or competitor with the most points.

And like the best homemade games, there are loads of obstacles including sofas, chairs, tables and even a car.

Extra props to the referees who have to leap out of the way every few seconds!

Does anyone fancy teaming up with DubaiLAD to put on a game in the UAE?