The History of Football Tables


While playing a game of table football, have you ever wondered how the game began? Like any other game, there was a time when table football didn’t exist. Although knowing the history of football won’t necessarily improve your playing skills, it can certainly help to boost your appreciation for the game.

Firstly, table football is also known as “foosball.” Why is that? This is actually a German wood that’s created when combining the German words for “foot” and “ball.”

So, what are the origins of foosball, or table football? The roots of the game aren’t exactly clear. In fact, it’s possible that the game simultaneously evolved in different countries. The British actually created the first standardised rules for modern football, in 1863. So it’s reasonable to assume that table football originated sometime afterwards.

One theory is that Lucien Rosengart, a Frenchman, invented table football. Rosengart is actually credited for several inventions, including the seatbelt, front-wheel drive, and the “BabyFoot “- the original name of table football. Although there is some debate about whether the BabyFoot was the absolutely first table football game, it was unquestionably one of the first ones.

One of the first producers of sbobet  units was Kicker. This company is located in Geneva, Switzerland. Kicker has become extremely popular not only in Switzerland, but also other European countries such as Belgium and Germany. In fact, for many Europeans Kicker is the only brand of football units that they play.

Within time, the game also appeared on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The first “foosball” patent was secured in 1901.

Perhaps one of the reasons why the origins of the game are unclear, are due to the game not becoming a worldwide phenomenon until the end of World War II. What caused the game to become increasingly popular then? One theory is that American troops were amazed by the table football skills of Germans that they encountered during World War II. Supposedly this was bothersome to several American servicemen, and resulted in their dedication to improving their own skills.

A more widely-held theory is that armies used football tables for the rehabilitation of war veterans. Playing the game improved the soldiers’ motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Interestingly, today governments still use Babyfoot for rehabilitation, in local and national institutions.

Organised competitions have existed in Europe much longer than in the USA. Leagues in various countries existed for multiple decades. Then in 1976, the multi-national European Table Soccer Union (ETU) was created. Today, players from various countries in this organisation compete with each other annually. A major logistical issue involving such competitions is the variations in tables in various countries. That includes factors such as the players, handles, balls, and so on.

The main difference between professional competitions in the USA and Europe, is the bottom line – more specifically, the prize money is significantly higher in the U.S. In fact, the United States has a pro tour that includes a million U.S. dollars in total prize money! However, table football will remain a game that can be played for fun.


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