Rules of Foosball

Foosball is started when one of two players places the ball through a serving hole on the side of the table. The first to serve can be decided by a coin toss.

Once the ball is served, players use their rod-controlled figures, or foosballers, to hit the ball into their opponent's goal.

foosball players

Each side has four handlebars, so players can play one-on-one or two-on-two. If they play two on two, then generally each player controls two handlebars, either two defensive rows or two offensive rows.

Any row can score.

Spinning the handlebar 360 degrees to hit the ball is not allowed under organized foosball rules. However, in friendly matches, if both sides agree, then it is OK.

The first person or team to score the predetermined number of goals, generally five or 10 depending on the scoreboard type on the table, is declared the winner.

Read more about the different types of foosball tables.