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What are the basics to play foosball?

Serve:  Place the ball in the center of the table between your middle two 5 bar men. Ask the opponent if they are “ready”. To put the ball into play, touch two men before advancing the ball.

Hitting the ball:  Strike the ball is with a flick or snap of the wrist and hand.

Passing and catching:  Be soft, absorb the impact of receiving the ball. Guide the ball and don’t overreact to receiving when advancing from one figure to the next.

Shooting:  Watch the defense to find an open hole to shoot the ball. Quickly snap or flick it into the goal. Don't do a big wind up before you hit the ball, a flick motion is better and more deceiving on where you are aiming.

Defense:  Think of all your figures as a team. They move together to make a larger wall of defenders. Try to stay or move in front of the ball as the opponent shoots.

Blocking slop:  When a loose ball on the table rolls into the goal unintentionally by the players, it is referred to as “slop”.  To block the slop in the corner of the goal, tip the goalie figure back enough for the ball to not go behind the figure.  Move smoothly in front of the goal to get loose slop balls in the middle of the goal. 2021

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Facts about Foosball

In Europe, foosball is typically played with only one goalie and a cork foosball. The headquarters for the International Table Soccer Federation is in Nantes, France. Professionals can compete for up to $100,000 in international tournaments that can last up to a week. The most expensive foosball table available is the “Opus” built by Eleven Forty, which costs $80,000. In Turkey, foosball is described according to the sound the ball makes, they call it Langirt. Foosball tournaments have been running as early as the 1950’s. Artist Maurizio Cattelan created a 7-meter (23 feet) foosball table that takes 11 players to a side. French-style players often call foosball “baby-foot”. Frédéric "Rico" Collignon has won seven world championships and is considered to be the world’s best player of the decade. Although the International Table Soccer Federation is located in France, only once has a player from France won a world championship in over 30 years.

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