What’s Foosball and What Makes It an Awesome Party Game?

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What’s one of the best party games? Here are some hints: think quick and move fast.

Foosball is a table-top soccer game that requires skill and hand-eye coordination to score goals against your opponent. You can find it at many bars and restaurants, but it’s also suitable for playing in your home thanks to its smaller scale. 

Foosball is believed to have been invented in 1921 in the UK. It has been around for quite a while, but let’s take a look at this popular game that has been making a comeback in recent years. 

How Do You Play Foosball?

Foosball gets played on a rectangular table which can range in size, but generally, are around 2.5 feet wide and 5 feet long. There are also tabletop versions available that are smaller. 

There are a number of rods controlled from the sides of the table. Each rod controls the defenders as well as the two lines of offense (the configuration of figures on the table can change depending on what country you’re playing the game in. For example, sometimes there’s a single goalie, sometimes there are multiple figures in its place on one rod.)

Each team generally has two players that work the controls at the same time. (You can also play foosball with one player on each side.) 

When the rods are twisted, it causes the figures on the table to “kick” the ball. The ball can bounce wildly between players (and sometimes off the table when things get heated) and passes can be made. But it takes quick moves and accuracy to get the ball past the goalkeeper. 

One of the big no-no’s of foosball is wildly spinning the rods to make the figures do a 360-degree twirl. This is frowned upon generally in the game, as is jamming the rods from side to side to dislodge the ball from the opponent. But of course, these rules may go out the window during a party. 

The Party Appeal 

Foosball at parties is ideal for a few reasons. One of them is that it’s fun to watch people play, so a match usually draws a small crowd to cheer on the players. 

It’s also ideal for a tournament. So when one player loses and gets eliminated, someone else can step in to take on the champion. Because there are often two players for each side, it can help encourage teamwork and camaraderie. 

Rather than blindly moving the ball around the table and hoping the ball lands in the opponent’s goal, you can devise a strategy to try and catch the other team off-guard. 

Unlike actual soccer, it doesn’t matter what the player’s physical ability is, so anyone can play foosball. 

Good, Clean Party Fun

Foosball is an ideal game at parties because anyone can play it, and it’s suitable for team play and tournaments.

With a bit of speed, skill and maybe a dash of strategy, you can earn bragging rights over the other team for the night!

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