The first OmegaBall Championship was televised on Fox Sports 2 this week.
‘Smoke Team’ became men’s champions, while ‘Orange Crush’ won the Women’s Championship.
The games took place in March but were shown on delayed broadcasts.
But what is OmegaBall?
According to the sports website OmegaBall “is a brand new game that will revolutionize football competition”.
That is probably an exaggeration.
However, OmegaBall seems to be happy and those behind it are clearly committed to the growth of the game.
A six-week period for men and women is scheduled for November 2023.
What are the rules?
The OmegaBall game involves three teams, each with five players, including a goalkeeper.
Each group has a defensive purpose. Those targets are evenly distributed outside the rotating surface.
The distance between each article to the center is about 30 yards.
Teams that score a point for each score do not score in the other team, but they do not lose points on access. If a team scores one point, each of the other two teams scores a point.
The winner of each match is the team that gets the most points / points.
There are no misses, only ‘corners’, although the game is played in a circle. These corners are taken just inside the goal line, with three corners marked between the goals.
Games take 45 minutes and are done in three 15-minute sessions.
After the score is scored, the game resumes immediately with the newly agreed goalkeeper – much like the restart of the basket.
There are no offsides to OmegaBall and cherry picking is encouraged, such as “eagle games”. This is a word given to an action that involves kicking off a rival team’s attack by stealing the ball and scoring your team instead.
Who created OmegaBall?
OmegaBall is Anthony Dittmann’s mind.
The game’s official website states that he “developed an OmegaBall vision after talking to his friends and former ESPN colleagues, Bob Funk and Jamie Hemann.
“The three of them were plotting about the American Football League when the conversation turned to soccer or soccer. Anthony’s background in X-Games and sports television led him to break the rules and reconsider the nature of football.
“The addition of a third party to do more action was natural and so, OmegaBall was born!”