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Foosball, also known as table football, is a tabletop game that is loosely based on the team sport soccer. The origin of the game is debated, but the first United States patent of the game occurred in 1927.


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There are no official rules or specifications to Foosball. Different materials and sizes of the table provide unique game experiences. For this Gamebase Wiki, only basic rules will be described to provide the reader with a general understanding of the game mechanics.

Foosball is played by two teams, composed of 1 or 2 players. Each team controls 4 rows of “foos” players mounted on horizontal metal bars. All “foos” players are identical. The rows translate to the goalkeeper, which is composed of one man, defense (2 men), midfield (5 men), and offence (3 men). In the scenario of 2 players on each team, one player usually controls the two defensive rows and the other team member uses the midfield and attack rows

The “foos” are controlled by rotating handles located at the side of the table corresponding to each team. Rotating the handles more quickly provides more torque to the “foos” players, allowing them to kick the ball at a faster velocity. However, it is often consider illegal to spin the handle, rotating the “foos” players more than 360-degrees.

A point is scored if the ball goes in the opposing teams goal. To begin the game, one player serves the ball through a hole located at the side of the table. This event also occurs after each goal is scored. Generally, players are limited to shooting or passing between players. Advanced players may had additional techniques such as sliding the ball horizontally across to try to hit the ball through gaps and avoiding the opposing “foos”. A game is over and the winner is determined when the first team reaches a predetermined amount of goals, generally 5 to 10.


Foosball tables vary widely, incorporating different materials, styles and sizes. However, the table is generally intended to look like a miniature soccer field, colored green to denote the grass and with white lines to simulate the chalk markers. The “foos” players are geometrically shaped figurines without arms. They are attached to the metal pole at the anatomic location of human arms. The players are often painted according to different soccer clubs.


There is very little narrative to foosball. The game can possibly be interpreted as simulating a soccer exhibition match. It is often played in the context of a tournament style format.


Foosball implements some basic machines including springs, screws and pins. Additionally equipment required for the game is the table, ball, metal rotating bars, “foos” players, and a scoring mechanism.


Often in households, campuses, offices, arcades, and bars as a leisure game Games are often predicated upon quick reactions and precise strikes of the ball. Beginners may sporadically swing and rotate the “foos” players. However, more advanced players may incorporate basic strategies and have an arsenal of various types of shots and passes.

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