Soccer is a renowned sport worldwide. It has numerous physical and mental health benefits just like any active sport. Foosball (Table Soccer) is yet another form of soccer, though not very popular but interesting to watch and play. Sounds funny? it is not a spelling error but an enjoyable table soccer. It was invented for soccer lovers who wanted to participate in soccer at the comfort of their homes. Just like any other game, it has its rules, the only difference Foosball and football has is; in Foosball you play with dummy players while in football its real players in the field.
How to play Foosball
Like football, the game starts at the center of the field by placing the ball at the dummy in the rotating bar. Alternatively, you can also place it at the side of the soccer table. A coin toss decides the side which starts the game. There are rotating bars placed strategically equidistant to one another, with figures to aid in kicking the ball towards the opponents’ side as well as the attackers’ side. As a beginner, your speed might be limited, but for Foosball experts, they kick the ball at high speeds without missing the target. You have to spin the bar with your hand to get the figures that determine the distance the ball can move. The wrist is a faster and easier option, however, that is forbidden in the Foosball rules. Ball movement is controlled by rotations of the bars. You can only have a maximum of two complete rotations which is 360 degrees each.
Determining the Winner
A winner is predetermined by the highest number of goals-5, 10 and to some extent 11. A genuine win must exceed the opponent by 2 goals. The robots have been programmed using successful football players hence have tactics in attack and defense to get a win. You have to be smart in spinning, attacking and defending with an aim of scoring.
It is a simple game loved by football fanatics who want to have fun in joints while playing soccer. Unlike football, all you need is the soccer table and a little knowledge on how to use the table. The rest of the tactics are similar to football including the number of players and their roles in the field. The only difference is- they play in a table.
The table can be made from any type of material but there is a standard measurement in the position of the rotating balls. Wood, metal, and rubber are the most famous materials in making Foosball tables. Ideally, the table should be 7 meters with labeling like a typical stadium with 11 players on each of the side and an opponent goalkeeper. The market has various versions of the table soccer, this dictates the style of play but during International Championships there is a standard table like a typical football match. These modifications do not carry the original vision bearer of the founder but self-interests. To get specifications of the best Foosball table refer to International Table Soccer Federation manual.