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3D Soccer: AeroBall

Players and ball all fly through the air elevated by a wind tunnel playing field.
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See link, only playing soccer.

The ball would have to be made with a balance between weight/drag to stay reasonably in place when not kicked but that would be pretty easy.

Could do this with other sports as well but soccer seems the most obvious.

Wouldn't be limited to feet, you could use any part of the body to hit the ball, just couldn't grab it.

And yes, you'd need a helmet and yes, it would be dangerous. Might even need some serious padding, even fast object approach sensing airbags for the hardest hits.

That wind blast supporting them is going 120 miles per hour so I'd think them getting to 60 miles per hour or more in a few seconds would be pretty easy.

doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022

This only with a ball. https://www.youtube...watch?v=_XxyZ0oGJ8M
And two teams trying to kick it through the other team's goal. [doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022]

More like this https://youtube.com/watch?v=VjRfSqXwuQ4
ISS astronauts play soccer [a1, Sep 03 2022]

Players score, then do celebrations like this. https://www.youtube...watch?v=tyBc28v0DNY
Skip to :25 [doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022]

Blitzball https://youtu.be/mWYwmM23Sqs
[21 Quest, Sep 03 2022]

3D football from the 1970s https://www.youtube...watch?v=Stbnl6stkh4
"Fly like an angel, you're out there to win". [pertinax, Sep 05 2022]

And if that's not dangerous enough for you... https://www.youtube...watch?v=djMg6ey300M
could just have a floating ball with all the players riding these things. [doctorremulac3, Sep 07 2022]

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       // And yes, you'd need a helmet and yes, it would be dangerous //   

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       How is continued life in the Valley, [doc]?
whatrock, Sep 03 2022
  

       Re ISS link: With all due respect, I don't think astronauts slowly and gently floating around a space station is comparable to players rocketing across a stadium at 60 miles per hour.
doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022
  

       Be worth watching for the score celebrations alone. (linky)   

       Reading about this, you don't just jump into these, you need "flight" training. The level of skill necessary to just be able to move from one side of the field to the other in a controlled maneuver would be impressive.
doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022
  

       I agree, I only showed the ISS link because it included a soccer ball. The main difficulty I see here is one you seem to dismiss - getting the ball properly weighted. If it’s light enough to kick around it’ll blow right up to the top of the wind chamber. If it’s dense enough to hang neutral in a 120 MPH updraft, it’ll be painful to kick.
a1, Sep 03 2022
  

       Ah yes, airborne Blitzball. [+]
21 Quest, Sep 03 2022
  

       //If it’s light enough to kick around it’ll blow right up to the top of the wind chamber.//   

       It's mesh. Mesh of the correct density and weight would do it. The mesh would act as a spring while letting the air flow through just enough to keep it aloft but remain on station. Kicking a spring wouldn't hurt as it would give as necessary.   

       That was actually the first concept I thought of for this idea but forgot to mention it.
doctorremulac3, Sep 03 2022
  

       // mesh //   

       That might be crazy enough to work.
a1, Sep 03 2022
  

       In the relative confines of a "skydiving" tube, good smooth airflow can be obtained.
But in a much larger open field, there will (probably) be a LOT of pesky turbulence. It might be doable, but it won't be easy.
neutrinos_shadow, Sep 05 2022
  

       Might make it more interesting eh?   

       Could also have little steam or water mist columns marking various areas and their specific turbulence, interaction of the columns etc.   

       But you could also have a laminar flow setup where your air is stabilized before it goes into the field.
doctorremulac3, Sep 05 2022
  
      
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