Canada: Daring freedivers play football underwater and UPSIDE DOWN

Taking a dive! Daring freedivers play football underwater and UPSIDE DOWN as they chase ball across the ice covering a lake in Canada

  • Andrew Ryzebol, 29, played the game with his friend Alex in Lake Huron, Ontario
  • Andrew’s wife Lily captured the intense game of soccer between the friends
  • Pair used the layer of ice as the pitch as they moved around in the water 

This is the moment a freediving instructor and his friend played a madcap game of one-a-side football while upside down under a thick sheet of ice over a frozen lake.

Andrew Ryzebol, 29, played the game with his friend Alex to see who could get the ball to the surface of Lake Huron in Ontario.

Andrew’s wife Lily captured the pair showing off their footwork upside down on the icy ‘pitch’ on March 19.

Both free divers struggled with their coordination as they tried to kick the ball. 

Andrew, from Toronto, told MailOnline: ‘The ball is very difficult to kick because it is lightweight and has a large volume, so when we kick it the water resistance makes it barely move.’ 

Andrew Ryzebol (pictured), 29, played the game with his friend Alex to see who could get the ball to the surface of Lake Huron in Ontario

During the four-minute video the pair managed to stay underwater for as long as 40 seconds at a time as they hold their breath.

After an average of 30 seconds underwater the divers both swim to the surface to gulp in waves of fresh icy air.

They spend a couple of minutes getting their breath back before diving under the layer of ice for another round.

During the four-minute video the pair stayed underwater for as long as 40 seconds at a time before returning to the surface to take some breaths and then dive in for another round

During the four-minute video the pair stayed underwater for as long as 40 seconds at a time before returning to the surface to take some breaths and then dive in for another round

Andrew's wife Lily captured the pair tussling over the soccer ball by walking upside down across the ice while underwater

Andrew’s wife Lily captured the pair tussling over the soccer ball by walking upside down across the ice while underwater 

The temperatures in the Great Lakes in Ontario average -12C (54F), which can be dangerous for humans.

Andrew (pictured) and Alex wore thick cold water wetsuits

Andrew (pictured) and Alex wore thick cold water wetsuits

But Andrew and Alex wore thick cold water wetsuits and covered their skin completely to shield it from the biting temperatures.

Andrew said: ‘We are freedivers so we have trained to hold our breath for long periods of time underwater safely.

‘We dive under the ice as often as possible each winter and use wetsuits to help keep us warm.

‘We are playing on the underside of the ice, so we are upside down. The ice is very slippery and the water has a lot of resistance so it is difficult to properly play soccer as we would on ground. 

‘All of this makes for a very new and fun way to play soccer. We are running low on ice now but hope to play some more soccer in a few days before we have to wait till next year again.’ 

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