Foosball five-man wall bounce rule

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Joe Fleck did a great job there. Read that a few times.

I will counter one of his suggestions that he also counters but didn't realize it ;) - Moving your goalie and 2 bar. I don't do this. When on defense and defending against their 3 bar I become VERY stationary. I close the obvious hole to force them to move the ball to an open shot. Less experienced players may fumble it... additionally, moving constantly, eventually you to create a pattern which great shooter will pick apart.

Additional tricks:
- 1 hand always on goalie - If you are good at defense, being able to adpat your goalie to bank shots or redirects is very effective against tricky shooters. Down side is that you give up control on the offense. This works well against mid and back table shooters in which you can't stop with the 5 bar. Joe's stat is correct about 5-bar battles... I use this to ensure I'm not reaching when their 3 bar gets control.

- Practice control. Learning to move the ball between...

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32) If you cohabit your football boots will be treated like rubbish by your wife/girlfriend/boyfriend and left under the sink, in the garage, under the stairs, with your tools, in the laundry room, etc, ‘because you didn’t put them away’.

33) Fat players can’t run but they can shoot.

34) Any goalie wearing gloves is unlikely to ever stop the ball with his hands.

35) Indoors, the ball coming back off the back wall or crossbar above head height must always cause rule confusion.

36) In a competitive league there will always be a team called Inter Your Mam.

37) At least one row about the score is allowed per high-scoring game.

38) No matter where you stand or how good you were at maths, someone will always beat you by playing a one-two with the wall.

39) Getting changed after the game there will always be an item of clothing left that wasn’t there when you came in.

40) Every outdoor...

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Foosball Overview – Foosball is commonly categorized as both a game and a sport. To many it is simply a game based on the sport of soccer/football. To an ever growing number of foosball enthusiasts it has evolved into a sport in its own right. There are professional foosball players, player’s associations and a growing number of foosball competitions. Regardless of your skill level, this amazing game/sport will certainly provide years of enjoyment.

Objective – Maneuver your 4 rods to control your 13 player figures to drive the ball towards your target goal. Sounds easy enough… until you have to keep your opponent(s) from doing the same!

Game/Match – A basic game of foosball is a race to 5 points/goals. The first team to 5 goals wins the game. Matches can be played where best 2 out of 3, or 3 out of 5 games wins the match.

Types of Games – Common game formats are Singles (1 player versus 1 player – each...

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To Start a Match

A coin flip shall precede the start of the match. The team that wins the flip has the choice of table side or first serve. The team that loses the flip has the remaining option and must also pay for the first game, with that expense alternating thereafter. Once a team has chosen either the table side or the first serve, they may not change their decision. In the event of the loser's bracket winner beating the winner's bracket team in the first match, the second match will be started in the same manner as a regular match with the coin flip, etc. The match officially starts once the ball has been put into play. (BUT violations such as cursing, etc. may be called by the official assigned to judge the match as soon as he and both teams are present at the table.)

A serve through the serving hole is used to put the ball into play at the start of the match, after a point is scored, or after a ball leaves the table. The server may attempt to influence the roll...

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This is called a Three Wall Violation.

To understand this rule, you need to understand the Passing rule. The International Table Soccer Federation Rule Book covers passing in Rule 23:

23.1 A ball which is advanced from a pinned or stopped position on the five-man rod cannot be directly caught on the three-man rod of the same team regardless of whether or not the ball is touched by the opposing five-rod. The ball must touch at least two player figures prior to advancing to legally be caught on the three-man rod. A pinned ball is one that is pinned to the wall or playfield.

Basically, this means that you cannot pin (stop) the ball at your five-man rod, then pass it to your three-man rod.

To get around this, if you have the ball stopped on your five-rod, you can either pass the ball back to your defense, or you can bounce the ball off the wall before advancing it. However, you can't keep bouncing the ball off the wall over and over. Rule 23.2 covers...

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Reprinted with the permission of The United States Table Soccer Association; 817-561-0511 and Tornado Table Soccer, Inc. - Fort Worth, Texas; (817) 483-6646.

To Start a Match A coin flip shall precede the start of the match. The team that wins the flip has the choice of table side or first serve. The team that loses the flip has the remaining option and must also pay for the first game, with that expense alternating thereafter. Once a team has chosen either the table side or the first serve, they may not change their decision. In the event of the loser's bracket winner beating the winner's bracket team in the first match, the second match will be started in the same manner as a regular match with the coin flip, etc. The match officially starts once the ball has been put into play. (BUT violations such as cursing, etc. may be called by the official assigned to judge the match as soon as he and both teams are present at the...
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How To Play Foosball - Foosball Techniques

The competitive nature of foosball is determined by the way you make it. It can be as equally relaxing depending on the same persons perspective. You will more often find foosball or "table soccer" in pubs and sports bars. Foosball has highly grown in interest as both a recreational and competitive game. Due to a high demand for home foosball tables, manufactures are trying harder to cater for it by designing a variety of styles.


Some basic foosball techniques can help you on the right path.

The game consists of ensuring the ball is in your opponent's goal (at the opposite end to your defense) and on the other hand strictly ensuring it doesn't enter yours (the goal you are defending). The most common problem encountered is "spinning the rods." Here are some of the motivational points about spinning the rods;

Make sure you hit the ball hard but with little or no effort

It is advisable to...

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While foosball is commonly played in bars and man caves, it does come with its own set of rules and guidelines.

The game is pretty simple and easy to follow. However, it’s this simplicity that can make a fun game turn into a chaotic free for all.

To make things a bit more organized, there are a number of guidelines to follow. Set by official foosball organizations and followed by professional players, these guidelines can make the game fair for both players. Whether you’re an experienced champion that dominates every opponent or a casual player that just bought their first foosball table, it’s a good idea to brush up on the rules and guidelines.

Knowing how the game works can also make it more fun to play. Understanding the ins and outs of the foosball table and what rules to follow will allow you to make the most out of your game and become the best player possible.

The Basics

When it comes down to it, foosball is very similar to soccer....

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Official Foosball Rules

Foosball Rules Overview

There are many foosball rules for tournament play called the

USTSA Foosball Rules of Play

, but this article focuses on five basic foosball rules that every player should know.

The 6 basic foosball rules
Flip A Coin - A coin flip decides who serves the foosball to start the foosball game. After the first goal is scored, the rule is that the team who was last scored on gets to serve the next ball. This rule keeps the game fair for both opponents. The foosball must be touched by a man before the ball goes into a goal for a legal goal to occur. No Spinning - A spin is a rule for when the rod completes a 360 degree rotation without touching the ball. This is deemed an illegal move in the rules of foosball. No Jarring - Jarring is a rule for when a player slams his or her rods against the wall of the foosball table in an attempt to distract or jar the foosball loose from the other player's...
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Pull Shot:

A 3 bar shot executed entirely with the middle man, which pulls the ball laterally and very rapidly from its starting point then shoots it into the goal.

Watch a pull shot video

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Push Shot: A 3 bar shot taken by the middle offensive man, which pushes the ball from its starting point then shoots it into the goal. Watch a push shot video.

Rollover (Snake) Shot:

A 3 bar shot taken by the middle offensive man, which pins the ball between the man and the table. This shot is taken with an open hand as your wrist pins the man on top of the ball in a forward position. The man is then moved laterally left or right and your wrist is rolled up the handle of the rod in order to strike the foosball with the same man.

Watch a rollover (snake) shot video

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Bank Shot: A bank shot is when you diagonally kick the ball in order to make it bounce of the wall and go into the goal. The bank shot can be performed on both offense and defense. Watch a bank...

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5-3 Bar Passing, GUIDE TO BRUSH PASSING

I will begin with a disclaimer. I am a rookie (i.e. beginning competitive level) player, so my knowledge of brush passing may not be entirely satisfactory to experts and pros but know the fundamentals well enough to relate the technique and the conceptual reasons behind them; if you have any suggestions or corrections, please don't hesitate to email me.

As I mentioned briefly in part I, the essence of the brush pass is that you can pass either a wall pass, or an off-the-wall pass (lane pass) from the SAME position; hence your opponent will not know which pass you are attempting until too late if the pass is fast enough. The method I will describe is only the basic "near-side brush pass beginning from a 2nd-man pin." Other variations exist, but I feel this method will bring the quickest results and knowledge enough to learn the other variations (e.g. far wall, off near-wall bounce, 2nd man brush-down,...

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Legal Goal, Slop Shot...
Comments in (blue) are done by our staff to remark on the section/sentence preceding it.

1. what is the definition of a legal goal? isn't a legal goal one that is scored cleanly without touching any opponents players? thanks. (no)
Vilasack T.

1b. Sorry for the repeated emails, but if slops count (yes) then why all the intricate rules on passing, etc?
Vilasack T

2. I have a question about is considered a legal goal. Does the ball have to go in clean without hitting objects (no) on the way to the goal, and can you score with the fiveman? (yes) I have heard many different rules and would like the official ones.
Jeffrey E. M.

3. My friends and i have a question regarding foosball rules. We are currently stationed at McMurdo Station Antarctica, yes antarctica...

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