Foosball Rules and Regulations

When it comes to foosball, most people are just playing for fun. However, there are those that take the game a bit more seriously. For those that see foosball as more sport, less game, here are the official rules as written by RecRoom Products.


Flip a coin to see who gets 1st Serve.

Coin Flip

Offensive 5-Bar – Passing

Rules: No Spinning. You have a 10 second time limit to shoot or pass. It is okay to shoot and score from your 5-Bar.

Tips: Your main objective is to pass the ball through your opponents 5-Bar to your Offensive 3-Bar. Make sure your 3-Bar is in the catch position – The men on the 3-Bar should be angled forward toward your target goal so a ball striking the back of the man will stop beneath your 3-Bar.

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Defensive 5-Bar

Rules: No Jarring of the table or banging against the sidewalls.

Tips: Your job is to keep the ball from your opponents Striker Row. Adapt your defensive play to your opponent. Start by trying to keep one of your men in front of the ball at all times. If your opponent is quick, you may have to change to a random defense.

Legend Goal

Stop Play! 

If the ball flies off the table or completely stops out of reach of any player figure it is a dead ball. If it dies in the defensive zone, that goalie moves the ball to his nearest player figure and play resumes. Otherwise dead balls are re-served by the team who originally served that point.

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1st team to 5 points wins the game!

The Serve 

Rules: The coin toss decides the 1st serve. The team last scored upon gets the serve after a goal, after a ball is out of play, or after a neutral dead ball.

Tips: You should try to serve the ball to your 5-Bar. Practice different ways of serving the ball so you can consistently serve to your men every time.


Offensive 3-Bar – Shooting

Rules: Sorry, Still No Spinning. You have 10 seconds to shoot.

Tips: Take your time. Stop the ball beneath the rod. Move the ball between your men on this rod by tapping or pushing the ball with the sides of their feet – keeping it under the same rod. Maneuver it in front of the goal and shoot.

Just say No!
No Spinning of the Rods
No Moving of the Table
No Unsportsman like Comments or Actions
No Distracting of Your Opponent

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Defensive Zone – Blocking

Rules: No Jarring of the table or banging against the sidewalls.

Tips: Use the middle man on the Defensive 3-Bar and the 1-man on your 2-Bar to work together as a defensive unit. Don’t use the outside men on the 3-Bar for blocking, use them for digging the ball out of the corners and for maneuvering the ball.

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Defensive Zone – Clearing

Rules: Yup, You guessed it… No Spinning. You have 10 seconds to clear the ball.

Tips: You don’t have to shoot on goal. Your #1 job is to clear the ball. Stop the ball before you start a pass or shot. If you swing at a moving ball and miss, it could end up on your opponents Striker Row! Before you shoot, make sure your 5-Bar is up out of the way. Look for clearing or passing holes down the sides of the table.