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Foosball Games & Variations For Parties And Bars

Sometimes, at a party, or when you have different levels of players, or just when you fancy a change in pace, you may want to play a variation on the standard versions of foosball. These can either be playing a different game or playing a drinking game at a party or something similar.

Penalty Shots

Penalty shots again involve using only a few of the bars. In the standard game, the defender only is allowed to use the goalie, and the attacker is given the ball to one of this bars (to be agreed upon). Each player then takes 10 shots each at the opponent’s goal. The player with the highest score wins. If a shot misses, you are NOT allowed to take another shot off the rebound, it counts as a miss. This can be varied by allowing the defender to use the goalie and the 2 defensive players, and by taking the shots from different positions.

Fun Foosball Variations.

Right, so you have the kids who want to play, or you just want a break from beating everyone else, why not try one of these Foosball variations?


There are 2 versions of multiball in foosball

1. Three Ball

3 Foosballs
Three ball is basically the same as standard foosball, however instead of 1 ball being served, 3 balls are served each time. A point is awarded to the person who scores the most goals. Only 1 point is granted each time, even if one player scores all three goals. The game progresses until someone reaches 10 points

2. Crazy Multiball.

In this game you layout maybe 9 or 11 balls at the centre (you can use as many balls as you want, but really it needs to be an odd number so that you will not get any ties.) After a countdown from 3, the players try to get as many of the balls as they can into the opponent’s goals. The winning player is the one who scores the most goals

Goalie Wars

The game of goalie wars is played with both players attack, and midfield raised to the horizontal position, the game then progresses as usual, but only the goalie and defensive players can be used. This allows you to practice shooting from your goalie and defensive players, as weel as making rebound shots off the table sides. Of course, at the same time, you get to practice your defence against long shots.


The title of this game pretty much says everything. This is a standard game of foosball, but each player can only use one hand. Hands cannot be swapped during a game. Each player get to choose which hand they will use (as some people are left handed)

One Player At A Time – With A Timer

This game does not work so well with great players, as the game is over much too quickly. The way it works is that only one of the players is allowed on the table at a time. After a specific amount of time has passed, e.g. 3 seconds (depending on skill level) the player’s swap. Taking it in turns to have the table to themselves until the goal is scored

Advantage To Weaker Player Games

Should you find yourself in the position where the players are very unevenly matched, you can use some of these games to even out the skill discrepancy. For example The better player can only use 1 hand, the weaker player 2 hands The better player is not allowed to use the attacking players, and these are raised to the horizontal. The weaker player can use all of the players


If you require more information, please check these references

en.wikipedia.org , article, “Table Football”, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019

www.foosball.com , article, “Ustsa “, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019 

www.statfit.com , article, “Viewtopic Php”, retrieved on, Tue 28-May-2019

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