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Cycle Ball

Cycle ball is a sport that is an adaptation of soccer played while riding a bicycle. Like in soccer, two teams attempt to move a ball up the playing area and into their opponents' net, thus scoring a goal. However, cycle ball players can only move the ball using their bicycles; hands and feet are not permitted to handle the ball and are required to stay in contact with the pedals and handlebars (an exception is within the penalty zone, where a player may lift their hands off the handlebars). If a player touches the ground, they must cycle back to their baseline in order to return to play. Fixed gear bicycles are typically used in cycle ball, as these allow riders to balance at the same spot and have more control over their bicycles. The sport can be played with two riders on each team ("2 rider cycle ball") or six riders on each team ("field cycle ball").

Is this activity known by any other names?

Bicykelbal; Radball

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

Cycle ball was invented in the 1890s, and gained popularity across Europe and in other countries, such as Japan, in the following decades. In 1929, the first Cycle Ball Championship was held. The exact origins of the sport in Canada and the GTA are unclear.

Who takes part?

Males and female of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Games (both competitive and recreational) and practices occur throughout the year.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Toronto Cycle Ball

Cultural Significance


Is there anything else we should know?



  • Humber College Lakshore Campus Fitness Centre
    3246 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
    Toronto, ON M8V 1M1

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