Bring the World Cup Spirit into Your Home

Since we can’t all be world class soccer players like those playing in the World Cup this summer, we think it is the perfect time to brush up on a type of soccer we can all play – foosball! Read our tips and tricks to improve your game, and maybe you’ll become inspired to organize your own foosball “World Cup”.

Serving Tips

  • Spin the ball on the drop (serving block) directly to the men on your 5-bar midfielder top
    • Simply sticking the ball through the serving hole is equivalent to throwing away a free possession
  • For step-by-step instructions of how to serve the ball to your advantage, check out this article

Shooting Tips

  • Keep a loose grip on the handle for maximum movement and speed
    • You are holding the handle correctly if you can see a gap between you hand and the handle
  • Turn your wrist quickly
  • The rod should only turn 180 degrees when shooting
  • For more experienced players, try taking an open-handed shot where you roll the handle on your wrist- it will increase the speed of your shot

Defensive Tips

  • Move your two defensive rods together as one solid unit
    • Make sure a player is not overlapping another, and try to avoid crossing back and forth
  • Space your men slightly apart so that a foosball cannot slip between your men
    • A small gap (60-70 percent of the ball width) between men can make a huge difference if used correctly
  • For one-on-one games, use your thumb and pinky finger on your left hand to play both defensive rods at the same time
  • You don’t need to cover the entire goal
  • Stagger players to cover different areas, or holes, of the goal
  • Always be playing defense
    • Follow the ball no matter where it goes on the table- this will make it easier to block shots

Got it? Ready, set, GOOOAAAALLLLL!

 

 

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