Foosball Indoor Games
Foosball and its silly beginning
The design inspiration for the modern day indoor game called foosball actually came from a box of matches; let your imagination run with that.
Visualize the matches on the top of the open box and hanging over the edge much like the foosball rods do today.
It was said that the game made its way to the United States in the 1950’s, reaching peak popularity in the 1970’s.
However, there are some foosball fans that would argue it still has its charm and will be around for a very long time.
Popular in pool halls and bars back in the day you can have your own foosball table and never have to leave your house.
The competitive side of foosball
You can find foosball tables in pubs, your local bars, the workplace, schools, and clubs with few rules, mostly played for fun.
Competitive foosball or also called table football is also played in official competitions organized by a number of national organizations, with highly evolved rules and regulations.
The ITSF (International Table Soccer Federation) regulates International events including the annual World Championships and the World Cup, some serious competition.
The World Cup was originally intended to coincide with the FIFA World Cup (Fédération Internationale de Football Association), but since January 2009 it has run once a year.
To put the competitive nature in some prospective the ITSF World Cup and World Championships in 2013 drew nearly 500 players from 30 different countries to Nantes, France to compete.
The USA team had a tremendous performance and won the World Cup.