History of Foosball : Do You Even Know It?

History means the collection of past information. History of foosball similarly narrates its revolution from generation to generation onwards.

Everyone should know the facts what he is going to do. So, I very pleased with, as you inspected this article only because you are interested in learning a little more about foosball.

I want to share with you everything you need to know about foosball like as tips and tricks, shots, rules, passing, foosball serve and many more.

I have decorated this training guide from the beginning of the history of foosball when it was not more than a box of matches to the today’s interesting Foosball Championships.

What is Foosball?

You can consider foosball as a sport reading my post. It is one of the most popular game all over the world. Foosball is a game table with the cabinet filled with players rods on the playing field. You can move the players by moving the rods- left, right and spin. Like many other games, foosball players are in two teams, the main part of the game is to score to beat the opposite team. But it is really tricky and so it is addictive.

A Brief History of Foosball

Are you excited to know the truth who invented this game? Actually, it is hard to determine the real “father of foosball” because we don’t have many facts about the topic. The most exciting part is that it was invented in 3 different countries simultaneously around 1923-1937. The United Kingdom, France, and Spain are those countries. The motive of those great people behind those impressive inventions was to assist children in need or their family.

Do You Even Know Who is the Inventor?

The origin of foosball started in 1921 by a British fellow, Harold Searles Thorton. He is credited with the game’s creation because he was issued the first patent for it on November 1, 1923, by the UK patent office (UK patent no. 205,991). However, there are debates about this game creator.

It is because, during 1880s-1890s, many argue that the game of foosball seemed to spring up across Europe as a parlor game.

Whatever, Harold Searles Thorton invented the game due to the popularity of football in Europe and was spreading rapidly. He decided to make a game that people can play in their homes on a smaller scale. As Europeans called the real sport football, he decided to call his invention “Foosball” (German word “Fussball”, which translates as “football.”). Believe it or not, he got inspiration from a box of matches to design his new game.

After that, Belgian magazine Le Soir Illustre claimed in their November 1979 issue (No. 2471 on page 26) that the French inventor Lucien Rosengart (1880 – 1976) came up with the game of table soccer in the 1930s when he was looking for things to keep his grandchildren entertained during the cold winter months. He named the game “babyfoot” instead of foosball.  Rosengart is credited with inventing the minicar, front-wheel drive, and the seat belt, among other things at Citroen automobile factory.

What about Spain? It also wants the credit for the game, claiming that  Alexandre de Finisterre patented his invention of table football, futbolín, in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War in 1937.  But the paperwork was lost.

How Foosball Spreads Across the World?

Louis P. Thornton from the United States visited Harold Searles Thornton. He went on to patent the game in the United States in 1927 (the United States Patent Office No. 1,615,491). But unluckily, Louis has little success with table soccer in the U.S. and he actually let the patent expire!

Passing by a few decades, the game of foosball was rapidly spreading across the world.

The Belgians were aware of foosball and they were responsible for the very first league in the 1950s. The world saw the formation of the European Table Soccer Union by 1976. The sad part is that it took decades more before it re-emerged in the United States.

Turned to America

An American soldier Lawrence Patterson brought this game to the United States in the 1950s,  reaching its peak of popularity there in the 1970s,  when it could be found in bars and pool halls everywhere throughout the country.

Patterson got his first Bavarian-made table into the U.S. in 1962 and he established the term “foosball” in both the U.S. and Canada.

Bob Hayes and Bob Furr made their first American foosball table in 1970. They were first idols for the game becoming a national phenomenon during the 1970s.

Meanwhile,  coin-operated tables became wildly popular in the U.S. in the late 1970s – the early 1980s due to the popularity of arcades at the time. Approximately, 1.9 million people were playing a game of foosball in the United States alone.

Certification and Publication

In 2002, the International Table Soccer Federation (ITSF) was officially established in France with the mission of promoting the sport of Table Soccer as an organizing sports body, regulating international competitions and establishing the game with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and General Association of International Sport Federation (GAISF).

Players have started playing on the lucrative foosball tables to make their game perfect as it has reached in a new peak. In recent times, You can find many tournaments and local bars that have professional foosball tables.