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The Different Types Of Foosball Tables & Why It Matters

Here in our retail showroom when we have people dropping by to look for a foosball table, we tend to have a conversation along this line:

Customer: Hello, I’m here to look for foosball tables.
TMC: Right. Do you know what sort of table you’re looking for?
Customer: *Blank look followed by a moment’s silence.*

Well, there sure is! Foosball is played in many countries each with their preferred type of table. With varying ‘foosball nationalism’, you can imagine that there are more than just a handful of different types. Therefore, it’s time for The Foosball Aficionados to set the record straight with 5 of the most prominent types of tables available in the world.


1. Italian (Garlando, Roberto Sport, FAS)

Unlike the actual Italian Men’s team, Italian foosball is played at a really quick pace and some local rules even consider it a foul if the ball stops in the table for a split second. More emphasis is placed on reflex & speed of thought as opposed to calculated control, which means that proper Italian tables are often found to be equipped with a glass playfield, tinier figurines, and lighter rods. As a result, the Italian sort of gameplay is an exciting, varied, and suitable for players of all skill levels.


2. French Tables (Bonzini, Sulpie)

Ask any Frenchmen what a good football table is, and the unequivocal response is the ‘ Babyfoot’. That refers to the french style of table—Heavy aluminium figurines, rubbery playfield, and light cork balls. And of course, in French colours! All these factors contribute to gameplay that is unmatched in ball control and is extremely skill-driven. As a side, authentic French tables are always built by master craftsmen and are known to be the most durable tables in the world.


3. American Tables (Tornado, Shelti)

The only kind of tables to offer 13 figurines a-side on a playfield as opposed to 11 a-side, American tables are most favoured by you guessed it – Americans. Typically played on a plastic laminated playfield with wide-foot figurines, the emphasis is on passing the ball and in this regard, American tables are amongst the best. Gameplay, as a result of the larger feet, becomes a slower-paced affair and, in our opinion, is more catered to enthusiasts with a specific liking for slower, controlled gameplay.


4. German Tables (Leonhart, Carromco, Tecball)

Another major style of play, German foosball can be described as a blend of American’s pragmatism coupled with European finesse. German figurines are designed very similarly to Americans, but feels lighter, which lends to better pinning as a result. The way to sum of this style of game-play is moderately fast, with good control  and a more consistent/ predictable game-play.


5. Spanish Tables (RS Barcelona)

Spanish football tables are wholly unique and heavily inspired by Spanish men’s football which considers the midfield to be the domineering aspect. As a result, its foosball tables slopes towards the middle in a “U” shape. This ensures that the midfield gets most of the balls, while the back pins are utilised as the primary way of controlling the ball. Interesting, but it can be tough to get used to!


Now that you know the different styles, so what? It’s important to consider what style suits your preference as this is the best way to get long-term value out of your purchase. Tables with faster, exhilarating gameplay are generally better choices for homes and offices, while people looking for a unique experience should go for the Spanish style.

Here, we sum up our general rule of thumb:

Most Exhilarating Gameplay: Italian 
Most Durable Table: French
Best Ball Control: French 
Most Versatile Style: German/ Italian 
Most Suitable for Specific Training: American 
Most Unique Table: Spanish 

We hope this guide has given you a good base of knowledge about foosball tables. If you’d like to explore some of the brands that we’ve gone through, check out our range of foosball tables here which features practically all the styles of tables covered. We also have a list of standard foosball rules.

In any case, nothing beats experiencing all these different tables in person. And the best way to do so? Visit our showroom and be spoilt by the number of choices available on-hand for you to get your hands on!

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