Foosball tables can be an expensive piece item that you own, but luckily it requires very little constant maintenance other than keeping it clean and the occasional lubrication of the rods to which the players are attached to ensure smooth play.
This post will detail how to maintain your table, details about replacement parts should anything be broken. Or using these replacement parts to build your own table
Foosball Table Maintenance
When playing foosball you want to have a smooth uninterrupted game. For this the table must be clean as you do not want the balls course to change when it hits a piece of leftover food that is on the table, or the bar to be difficult to position. To that end you, must clean the table whenever it has any debris on it (I think you are smart enough to know when the table needs cleaning) and also to regularly grease the rods on the table
Foosball table sizes
When you are buying a table, sometimes you will be putting it in a room with limited space. You need to consider the dimensions of the table. You will need to be able to walk around the table, and you need a lot of extra space around the width of the table as the player will need to stand here. In general, you will need an additional 18 inches on each end of the table so you can walk around it. If you want to save space and push one end against a wall, you can do this, but you must ensure that you buy a table with the ball return on the side!
You may also like to consider the height of the table if young children will be playing.
Player Skill and the Foosball table
One of the first factors to be considered when choosing a Foosball table is the skill level of the player that will be using the table.
New players and children may be better off getting a budget table while they learn the game, and decided whether they would like to take up the game seriously.
Intermediate and Professional players would be better off with a professional table. This will allow you to hone your skills on a table with much better features than the budget tables. When playing in foosball competitions you will almost always be using a professional table, and you need to be used to playing on this style of table. These generally look great in the space they are placed, have extended warranties and will have counterbalanced men, hollow rods and all the extra features talked about below
Types of Foosball tableThere are four types of foosball table that can be considered. These are
The standard tables are the tables mainly talked about above. Beginner, Intermediate and professional tables can be of this standard type. This type will be a foosball table with legs to stand on the floor.
Tabletop tables are usually aimed at beginner and intermediate players. It is basically the same design as the standard table, but the bottom part (legs etc.) are not included. The table has to be placed on top of another table. These are not the same quality as the standard tables but are lighter, cheaper and do not require their own space. The table can be put away once the play is over.
These tables are usually aimed at the beginner and children. They are also mostly tabletop games that will need to be placed on top other things as they have no legs. The Foosball quality is often the lowest of all the tables. The main advantage is that you can play other games on this, for example, “Air Hockey.”
These are commercial tables and are basically the same as standard tables, the only real difference is that they are “Pay” tables. To use them, the players have to put coins into the machine. These are more expensive as they are usually high quality and have to be very sturdy as they tend to be put into bars and other public spaces
Most online stores, review sites and other websites will give foosball tables a star rating when they review the table. You want to look at numerous reviews to find the best one for you. We have already done this for you on in our articles to save you time and help you pick the right one
Similar to ratings you need to look at the reviews for the tables. There will be a lot of online reviews by people who have never played on the table or are trying to sell you their foosball tables. You need to find genuine reviews, these can be found on sites like those found on Amazon. These have been submitted by real customers after they have bought and used the table.
Style and features of a Foosball tableYou next need to think about the features and type of foosball table that you want. These include
The number of goalies. In America the back row usually has 3 men also known as the “three goalies” system, in Europe, there tends to be just one goalie. You need to decide which you want. Some of the better tables can be either 1 or 3 goalie games as the extra men can be removed as required.
Number of Men. On full sized tables there are usually 13 or 11 men depending on the number of goalies used. On some of the lower priced table, there are fewer players. You can also find tables for 4 players which have more men. These specialised tables are not covered here
The levelling mechanism
A good table will need a levelling method to keep the table perfectly flat. Any table that is not flat will give an advantage to the player that is playing “Downhill”. Almost all full tables will have some form of levelling. Tabletop tables generally do not have levelling systems. Always check as levelling with folded pieces of card can be a pain
Foosball Table construction material
The price and quality of the table will usually determine what it is made of. The construction material will generally affect the quality of the table and the weight. The most common types are
Solid Wood Foosball Table
These tend to be heavy, durable, stable and most of the professional tables tend to be made from solid wood. If taken care of these will usually last you a lifetime
Laminate Foosball Table
These are the most common type of table. They are stable, sturdy and are lighter and less expensive than solid wooden tables. These tables are still of high quality, look great and fit in well in any space they are placed
Plastic Foosball Table
In general plastic, tables tend to be the more affordable low-end tables. They are popular because of the cheaper price point but are not as heavy, sturdy or durable as some of the other tables. There are some excellent quality tables made of plastic, so read the reviews. If you need a weatherproof table, this is by far the best type of table