Learning The Rules Of Foosball
Overview Of General Foosball Rules
Games are played until one team reaches 5 goals (the winning team is usually required to win the game by 2 goals). Matches are played until one opponent wins 3 out of 5 games. Foosball is comprised mainly of serves, goals and rules that govern the activity of the players while the ball is in play. Once a ball is in play, the action continues until a goal is scored, the ball leaves the table, a dead ball (the ball stops moving outside the reach of any foosmen) is pronounced, or a timeout is called.
The ServeThe server launches the ball from a hole (called the "serving hole") in the side of the foosball table. Neither player can influence the ball with their hands once the ball is launched onto the field. If a player's hand is within the playing area during a serve, the serve is considered "illegal." After a ball has been served, players are prohibited from striking it until it has touched the playing field.
Passing And ShootingMost actions that players use to propel the ball are acceptable during play. However, there are a few illegal activities. First, beginning players have a tendency to spin the rods ferociously, hoping to propel the ball with force. Generally, if the foosman used to strike a ball rotates more than 360 degrees either before or after its impact with the ball, the player is illegally "spinning." Second, a player is not allowed to "jar" the foosball table during active play. This can include lifting or moving the table in any way.
Lastly, players are not allowed to touch the rods of their opponents. The first 2 times this action takes place, the offending player can lose possession of the ball. If the action happens more than twice, a technical foul can be called.