Wednesday, August 24, 2016

8 Rules to Buy Great Foosball Table Without Wasting your Money

Whether you are plotting to buy your Foosball Table from the Internet or from a local store, the following tips will help you to get the best deal when it comes to buying your foosball table. Most importantly, don’t just arrive at a store and pick out whichever table catches your eye first. There are major concerns that need considerable attention when looking for a foosball table. Following this guide can help you to ensure that you get more than just any ancient table, but one that is tailored for you and will give you maximum enjoyment for years to come.

1. Foosball Players

The people that must be first consulted when it comes to the choice foosball table are of course its players. Do they have specific preferences? If it’s you who’s going to be one of the most frequent players on that table, by all means, list what you want with your table. You can start with your favorite color. If it’s not you who’s going to play the foosball mostly, then consider the players’ height, age and hand strength level.

2. Safety Concerns

If it will be the children who will mostly use the foosball table, safety should be one of the major considerations you have. There are tables with traditional solid rods that go through the sidewalls. These can poke the children’s faces if they are not that tall. In this case, telescopic rods are more advised since they are safer to use and they can also be maneuvered more easily.

3. Feel of Play

This is commonly known as playability or how the players can maneuver the rods and play figures easily to efficiently control the movements of the ball in successfully obstructing the defence of the other player and doing various tricks. These can be manipulated through the following design details:

- gap between the playing field and the tip of the foot
- footshape and its front and back and its both sides’ surface
- weight of the rods
- markers on the pitch
- ease of gripping the handles
- lubrication
- coverage overlap of the playing figures
- field and ball surface
- ball material

4. User-Friendliness

Hear are the other indispensable foosball table features that should provide more ease for the players:

Figures’ balanced weight

They should be placed easily in a horizontal position so that their feet do not block the shots from the back field

Field’s side slopes on boths sides

This will allow the ball to roll off towards the center to make the ball not get stuck on the side.

5. Sturdiness of the Table and the Durability of the Parts

How will you delight in playing with the foosball table if it is hurt easily or when the table is rocking while you are playing?

6. Aesthetic Impact

Never buy a foosball table just to have something entertaining in your house. It should be a distinct artistic centerpiece in your game room. The style and paint color of the room you are plotting to embellish with a foosball table should be given some thought.

7. Budget

Setting a budget will further encourage you to look for the best deal when it comes to looking for that quality foosball table for you and your playmates. Shopping around will be one of the best way to get more from your money. Brands should not fool you. Research more on the foosball table that catches your eye and that agrees with your budget.

8. Resell Value

If you are buying one foosball table in the hope that in the near future you can resell it at a higher price, you will surely not opt for the lower end types of these game tables. Auction sites and foosball table sellers may be consulted to be better armed if you are plotting to resell your foosball table.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Foosball Gameplay and Rules Updated News

For people who fancy soccer and football, but do not want to get down and dirty with the athletic and physical game itself, table football--- or foosball--- is the best choice they can opt for.

Aside from its small build and hands-only gameplay, what makes foosball truly entertaining is the fact that it has miniature players (also called foosmen) which you can control at your own command. With your hands and goal-focused mind, you can manipulate five "players" at once… for the win!

Now that you have been properly introduced, it is time for the real deal. What are the dos and don'ts when playing foosball? All details will be laid out here. Also, get to know some of foosball's types of gameplay, as well the equipment needed for the whole game.

Are you ready to live the foos life? Ready, set, kick!

How Did You Know?

Foosball History

Before getting down to the rules, here are some interesting facts that you should know about foosball:
What Is In The Name?

Did you know that this tabletop version of soccer and football is called in various names by different countries?

Yes, you read that right. In the United Kingdom, the game is called "table football," while in most parts of Eastern Europe, it is referred to as the "kicker." Meanwhile, in France, its name is quite cute: "baby foot." Lastly, people in the country of Spain call this table game as "futbolin."

It is only in the United States that the term "foosball" originated. Americans borrowed the German word for football, which is "fußball" or "fussball." Over the years, it eventually evolved to the word we now use in most contexts: "foosball."
Blurry Beginnings

Did you know that the story of how foosball began is quite shaky?

The real origin of the famous game is still unclear, but we owe the foosball we know today to Harold Searles Thornton, who patented the game in 1923. According to Thornton, he was struck by the idea of the table football after seeing a football match in Tottenham, London.

However, it is said that the game of foosball started as early as the 1880s or 1890s, in Europe. An automobile engineer named Lucien Rosengart once claimed that he invented the game for his grandchildren's entertainment, while another man named Alexandre de Fiesterra also stated that he came up with the idea for the game while recovering from Spanish Civil War injuries.

Whether it is Thornton, Rosengart or de Fiesterra, whoever invented this game is a true genius.
Foos Rules

Foosball Rules

The game of foosball is pretty simple and basic, especially if you are only playing for fun. However, if you are competitive and determined to sweep the ball off the opponent's' feet (literally), you might view the following rules more seriously:
Flip n' Serve

To start the game or contest, a coin flip is performed to determine which team serves the ball first. Once the game has started and the first goal is scored, the team which was last scored on will serve the ball for the next round. Remember: the ball should be touched by a man for the goal to be legal.
No Spin, Mo' Win

In the game of foosball, there is absolutely NO SPINNING allowed! A spin is characterized by the rod making a 360-degree turn without actually touching the ball. This is usually done by amateur players, commonly called "spinners," who aspire to score a goal by "wishful spinning." This act is illegal when playing foosball tournaments, so do not take the easy way by spinning away.
No Jarring Allowed

Same as with spinning, jarring--- or the act of slamming the rod against the table's wall to purposely distract the opponent or manipulate the ball from them--- is also a big no-no in the game of foosball. However, note that jarring is not the same as pushing the rod against the wall to play defense. You can tell if it is outright jarring when the player is using more force when pushing the rod.
Five Fo' Passing

These rules only apply to your 5 bar foosball rod and are quite complicated for non-tournament foosball players:

    Once the ball is served, you only have 10 seconds to pass it from your 5 bar rod to your 3 bar rod. After the first serve, you only have 15 seconds to pass the ball from your 5 bar.
    Remember this: the foosball should not be completely stopped on your 5 bar and passed to your 3 bar--- the ball should be continuously moving and touch two foosmen on the 5 bar before being passed.
    The foosball must not touch the wall for more than two times in a row (before touching a mini foosman on the 5 bar again) before being passed . If it is part of the pass, though, it can touch the ball for the third time.

The Ball is Dead

This is one of the common things that happen when on a foosball tournament or just playing a simple game for fun. A "dead ball" occurs when the foosball completely stops in the middle of two rods and neither can catch the ball. If this happens, then the ball must be re-served by the team that was last scored on. However, if the dead ball falls behind the defensive 2 bar, then the defensive player is responsible for moving the ball back into playing position.

Just like in other ball games, if the foosball flies off the table or hits a top rail, it should be ruled "out of play" and re-served by the team which was last scored on.
Score for Five

The basic rule for foosball players is that the first team which scores five points wins. This rule varies, depending on the players, but this "first to five" rule is the common ground.

This rule goes out for all players--- it is also very basic and all just common sense: foosball is all about respect. In any game, there should be no offensive words or rude comments to be lashed out on opponents. It is alright to exchange some healthy banter and brag a little, but nothing should be in excess. Play the game fair and square and… just have fun!
Types of Game Play

Foosball Gameplay

Foosball is a very entertaining and interactive game, and it can be played with a maximum of four players (two for each team, each player will operate two rods). The common types of gameplay are:


This game consists of two players--- one on each side. Because they do not have any teammate, each player must control all the four rods on their side of the table.


This is, by far, the most common type of game in foosball. There will be a total of four players (two on each team); each player will control two rods--- either the two defensive rods (usually 1 bar and 2 bar on the leftmost part of your side) or the 5 bar and the offensive 3 bar.
Goaly Wars

Like in singles, this type of play consists of only one player on each side, with each person controlling the leftmost (defensive) rods only.
Anatomy of Foosball


Foosball tables all over the world come in various shapes and sizes. Some are made of glass or wood, others have Barbie dolls as the "fooswomen," and some balls are made of cork.

A typical foosball table usually measures roughly 46 x 27", with a height of 34". The foosmen are super solid in structure for a sturdy kick, and the ball is usually made out of thick plastic, so it will not bounce easily off the table.

The Foosmen

Here are the basic roles of your ever-hardworking and reliable foosmen:

    1 Bar - This is your goalkeeper or goalie. His role is to defend the goal so your opponent will not have any chance of scoring. This foosman is important--- keep an eye on him all the time!
    2 Bar - This is your defense rod, along with the goalie. Your two foosmen here will help the goalkeeper defend the opponent's goal so they cannot score. While it is not necessary for them to score by themselves, both the 2 bar and 1 bar foosmen can be used to hit your goal straight.
    5 Bar - These five foosmen are responsible for setting the ball straight to your goal. The ball is served right at them, which means they are in-charge of passing the ball to your 3 bar for the win. They can also shoot the ball by themselves--- if you can maneuver them at the right place and time.
    3 Bar - This rod will determine if your team will score or not. The three foosmen here are the ones who will kick the ball straight to the goal. With the right speed and tactic, they can overpower the opponent's 2 bar defense and 1 bar goalie and ultimately win the game!

Now that you have been properly warmed up to the basics of the game, it is time to get out of the field (a foosball field, that is) and kick the ball to the goal! Always remember these rules and you will surely ace any foosball tournament in stride!