History and learning
Foosball came about in 1922 when Harold Thornton was privileged to experience a match in England at the Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club, where he left the game very enthused about creating a board game similar to the game of football, which could be played at home. He creatively made the game from a box of matches, and his uncle, Louis P. Thornton who is a United States resident, patented the game in 1927, which never took off until decades later.
Learning to play foosball takes some dedication as you will find based on what many experts say; the game takes years to truly master. The choice of a foosball table is important especially if you are considering playing the game eventually, on a serious level. A sturdy wooden table, which is one of the high-end ones, is an excellent investment in your foosball future. You can find more foosball table reviews on our homepage.
Choose a good teacher, to begin with, but if you are not able to hire a teacher, you can always go down to the foosball playing hot-spots and learn from the many skilled players there. You will be able to learn lots of skilled techniques and gain a wealth of information and good practice.
Professional foosball players will also advise as a new player, you choose a particular foosball shot you like and make it your signature play. It is good to be skilled at many if not all the intricate shots; however it is not wise to learn them all at once and expect to be comfortable playing them. If you have been to a Tournament you will realize the logic behind this advice.
You will see how detailed the plays for many intricate shots are honed, and you will become as good sometime in the future, but it is better to not frustrate you on first playing of the game. Because it is a mental game that is very enjoyable when played for fun, this is how you will hone your skills by practicing plays with other seasoned players in friendly games. Overwhelming your mind with wanting to be an expert at the game too soon, will only get you frustrated.