Every game or sports have some plans that help a player to understand the opponent’s style and win Foosball game is just like other game that also has some strategies that you need to develop or improve if you want to win the game. Anyone can play this game by merely spinning rods, taking shots, and turning the bars quickly. These are all basic techniques. And if you want to learn advanced technology, then you should first learn the basic technique and practice them for being good at the basics. Since soccer table game is a skill game as well as it is a mental game, so you need to learn some strategies if you want to win the game. The soccer table game looks quite easy to play, but for winning this game, one needs to practice some tricks. Foosball game is an actually an easy game to play, but if you want to be a threat for a right or advanced level player, then you have to learn and practice all foosball game strategies or tricks. Without these tricks, you won’t be able to become a good player. Now I’m going to tell you some tricks and tips that will help you to maximize every scope on offense and defense.
Learn to serve the ball yourself: The main thing for playing foosball is serving the ball yourself. The official rules of foosball permit it legally. Serving the ball to your 5 bar maximizes your offensive opportunities. If you practice ball control skill and ball passing only, then this strategy will work. As this strategy is suitable for offense, so if you are playing on the offensive side, then you can take advantage. For applying this strategy successfully, you need to spin the little ball bit while dropping it into the table, and then the ball will roll towards your 5 bar instead of the opponents. It needs a bit of practice to catch the foosball and serve it.
Learn the strategy of passing the ball from 5 bar to 3 bar man: This strategy is essential for the offensive side because it increases the percentage of scoring a goal. Moving the ball from 5 bar to 3 barman is very important because if you only use your 5 bar man for shooting, then you won’t be able to develop or improve your foosball passing and catching skill. And foosball passing, finding, and controlling is very important for playing this game. And the ball passing from 5 bar to 3 bar makes the ball catching and controlling process easy. But learning this technique is critical, but once you are able to learn it, then it will be easy for you to score a goal and win the game against any good foosball player. Because shooting with 3 bars makes the goal distance shorter and there has 1 less defensive bar for blocking the goal, this is how it creates more chances to score a goal. And the other necessary thing ball passing is timing. Too fast passing will be ricochet and too slow passing be intercepted out of reach. So, one needs a lot of practice for developing the schedule and ball passing.
Foosball passing techniques: There have various types of passing techniques, but the most effective passing techniques are- Tic-Tac passing and The Brush passing.
- Tic-Tac passing: Tic-Tac passing means passing the ball from side to side on the same rod players.
- The Brush passing: The brush passing is a diagonal passing where you have to pass the ball left or right side of the feet instead of hitting the ball from the head to go straight.
Foosball shots tips: There have many foosball shooting techniques. But it is better for you to learn them step by step. If you are trying to learn all the shot at once, then you won’t be able to learn them properly. Below are discussed some big, easy, and effective shots.
- The push shot: The push shot is straightforward and effective against any beginners. This shot is usually taken with the 3 bar rod, and the middle man is used to kick the ball. When the ball is in the sideman, then you have to push the rod and hit the ball towards the next player (middle man) and then shot the ball quickly towards the goal.
- The pull shot: The pull shot is opposite to the push shot. In the pull shot, you just need to pull the rod, and the other process for shooting will be the same push shot.
- The Tic-Tac shot: The tic-tac shot is a mixture of tic-tac moving and pulls/push shots. One may pass the ball by using the tic-tac method and then use any effective chance for shooting the ball when the opponent is not excepting. Tic-tac moving is beneficial.
- The bank shot: Shooting the ball on a diagonal angle is generally known as a bank shot. For taking this shot, you need to hit the bank/side of the table. The experienced player uses this shot with the defensive rods because they are able to see it coming from attracting rods. But if you are playing with a beginner, then this shot will be useful for you from any side.
- The spray shot: The spray shot is similar to push and pull shot, but the main difference is- In shower shot, you have to kick the ball diagonally instead of shooting the ball straight.
Above all, shots are faster, secure, and useful. If you want to win against an experienced player, then you can use these shots.
Always keep following the ball with your player man: This strategy can emphasize a lot because for winning this game, you must always follow the ball where it is on the table. For this reason, you need a string eye concentration on the ball. Because by merely following the ball will help you to block many shots of the opponent. Most of the beginners get districted and cannot able to prevent many simple shots. One must move his man always on the side where the ball is.
Shooting with an open hand or wrist flick strategy: There have 2 main types of grip. It's totally up to you that which one you use. But the better player uses both styles. And it will be right for you to learn both the grip one by one.
- The Foosball wrist grip: Wrist grip is the most common grip. In a wrist grip, you have to wrap your hand around the handle and then rotating you’re your wrist clockwise and anti-clockwise for turning the rod. Many beginners grip the handle too tightly, and for this reason, their shots become slow. And for becoming a challenge for the opponent, your shot must be faster. However, one can take different types of the shot by using this grip but taking any shot with this grip; one needs a lot of practice.
- The Foosball open palm grip: This technique is quite easy and quick to learn. For gripping the handle open palm, you have to place your hand on the side of the handle and place your thumb at a place from where it is pointing the floor. And make sure that your middle palm is touching the handle by only moving your hand up and down.
The most important thing for gripping the handle is “keeping a loose grip that ensures a fast movement.”
A good defense will help your offense: Many people think that offense wins the game, but actually, defense wins the game. By developing solid defensive skills will help you to win the game and guard the opponent’s shot, but only learning the offensive skill may help you to score a goal but not helpful for defending the opponent’s ball. Playing with solid defending ability will limit the opponent’s chances to win. The way of improving defensive skills is changing the formation.
Always maintain the ball control: Loosing or dropping the ball means a loss of chances to score a goal and create an opportunity for the opponent to score a goal. In order to maintain reasonable control over foosball, you should learn how to pass and catch the foosball. This strategy can be developed by playing with different types of players and practicing it.
Which side do you want to play? Defense or offense? There is no right or wrong for choosing defense or offense. You can choose a team where you are good at. It is better for you to start a game from where you are good at and can take your best shot for beating your opponent. Just like other games, you can switch position and throw off your opponent when you can notice that there is a significant mismatch against the opponent.
Practice makes skill perfect: Practicing the methods or techniques, again and again, will make you an advanced player. Some skills can be learned by playing yourself like Foosball passing and shooting. And some skills need an opponent for learning and developing. You can improve your defensive ability by playing with your friends or family. Some Foosball tables are designed for practicing the game by yourself. Which tables have a side ball returns are good for practicing by oneself. Because side ball returns help to grab the ball quickly after shooting practice shots.
Play against opponents who are better than you: In every game or sports, everyone likes or wants to win. But winning against a player who is not so good at the game is not a real win. Try to challenge yourself by playing with a good player because playing with a good player will help you to improve your skill. After losing every time will help you to know about your expertise lacking, and then you will give more effort to develop and refine your ability for further gameplay. This is how a better player than you help to build your skill and become a good player.
Tips for Foosball offensive: There are 2 attacking types for invasion. One is playing with many passes, and the other is getting the ball diagonally from the whole table in one kick. Having more control over the game and movements, you have to give more priority on passes instead of getting the ball quickly to the other side. For smooth movement and gaining more control over football, you should make a lot of passes. But don’t take too much time to think about your next move, always think 2 steps far and shoot quickly. Because taking too much time to think about moves can play against you by giving your opponent more time to set up his defensive strategy. And shooting the ball diagonally will increase your chances to score a goal.
Tips for Foosball defensive: Keep your goalie and one defender man in front of the goal to defend the opponent’s shot. Remain at that defensive position until you are in an offensive place. Always keep moving your goalie and defender according to the ball movement for ensuring a second blocking position. It is necessary to make it difficult for the opponent to score a goal. And keeping the defender’s feet on the ground will help you to block many shots. But many beginners make a mistake by keeping the defender’s feet on the air. For this reason, they are not able to prevent many simple shots.
If you practice all those strategies correctly, then you will surely create a challenge for the opponent and win the game.
Learn “how to serve the Foosball rightly.”
During play, one may need to serve the foosball in several times because it is a foosball game rule. One can help the foosball at his/her advantage. You must need to develop and follow the strategy while serving the foosball. This is how you will be able to get off the ball before your competitor besides controlling the ball before passing it on your offensive men to attain a goal.
The most effective method is to spin the foosball while dropping it to the center of the foosball table. The advantage of this serving method is that most of the time, the ball will come towards your 5 bar men than your competitor. Since the foosball game rules don’t allow ones to grasp the ball more than 10 seconds with the 5 bar men, so one must quickly move the ball to the 3 bar men.
But for serving the ball such a way, one needs to practice it more. Once you become able to help the ball rightly, then you can easily control the ball with your 5 bar men and can be able to play the game on your advantage. And serving the ball such a way is quite easy.
How to pass the ball from 5 bar men to 3 bar men?
Passing the ball from 5 bar to 3 barmen is totally related to the right way serving method. After serving the ball, you just need to pass the ball from 5 bar to 3 barmen, so; it is imperative to know the passing skill very well for taking advantage of every serving opportunity. Though many players prefer to shoot the ball directly from the 5 barmen to score a goal, the most effective way for scoring a goal is a step by step passing the ball to the goal point. The foosball game is all about giving, controlling, catching, and shooting the ball, so one must develop the ball passing and controlling skill. And one must need to be skilled in this method for playing with an experienced opponent.
There also has some advantage of passing the ball from 5 bar to 3 barmen in lieu of shooting the ball directly from 5 bar men to the goal point. The benefits are pointed out below-
- It makes the distance between goal point and ball-less. For this reason, there are more chances of scoring goals than direct shoots.
- With this strategy, you can choose more shots during shooting with 3 barmen.
Since there exist many strategies of passing foosball so many foosball players try to learn all the policy, it is better to know or gather more knowledge about the foosball strategies but only when you become the master of that. But many players make a great mistake by knowing all the methods but don’t know a single purpose at an advanced level. So, it is better to know all shots but practice one-shots as much as possible for becoming a master of those shots. It will help you to perform the shot with perfection while playing and improves the possibility of scoring a goal. As there remaining many shots of playing this game, and all looks a bit difficult to become a master of a specific shot. But most of the players choose snake and pull shots because it requires less time for being master. Mastering an individual shot creates more possibility to score a goal. But learning a particular chance can work against you when the opponents are also very skilled in those shots. But you can still get success from that shot if you execute it more perfectly. But the main thing is to practice more and more if you want to develop or improve your methods or strategies.
Following the ball
One needs an extreme eye concentration on the ball for playing this game. It is essential to follow the ball with the playing men. If you are not able to follow the ball, then you will surely get out of the game quickly. If you keep developing in the shot, then you will be able to take all the opportunities and will be able to control the ball movement and lead it to the goal point. Or, if you are missing a single chance of holding the ball, then you will lose an opportunity of scoring a goal. And developing this strategy will help you to improve your defense power.
Shooting with an open hand or wrist flick
For the beginners, it is quite hard to conduct the handle smoothly and fast. And most of the time, it slows down the speed; for this reason, the possibility of scoring a goal reduces. Besides, the professional players use their free hand or open hand for shooting, and the open hand shot hits the ball hard so that the ball can go fast towards the goal.
Ensuring a good defense
If one wants to win the game against all types of players, especially the experienced player, then one must need to improve or develop his/her defense power.
Playing against the more experienced players
The best and effective way of finding out a lack of one's skill is to play with a more experienced player than him. It helps a player to find out the point where he/she needs to develop or improve and what skill and how it is used by the opponents. So, if you want to enhance your ability or want to know about other powers, then you must play with the more experienced and advanced level player.
I hope you understand the point that I mentioned many times is “practice more and more.” So, if you really want to improve your skill or want to become an advanced level player, then you must know about the practical skills of the soccer table game and then practice it as much as possible.