Foosball is awesome, every single aspect of it. Even the history of the foosball table is awesome. Without further ado, the history of the foosball table.
Foosball Tables are also commonly referred to as soccer table, table soccer, table football, baby kicker, or baby foot which is a table-top sport or game that is somehow associated with football. This game was the brainchild of Harold Searles Thornton and was invented in 1921 and duly patented two years after in UK (1923). He got his inspiration for constructing foosball tables from a box of matches. He was an avid fan of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club or more popularly known as the “Spurs” that competes in the Premiere League. At that time, when he went to their football match, he began conceptualizing on replicating football that can be played and enjoyed by the whole family right at home. It was Louis P. Thornton, his uncle, who took the inspiration in the United States and had it patented in 1927.
It was in 2002 that the International Table Soccer Federation, a non-profit organization, was introduced in France which aims to promote table soccer as a sports body that organizes, regulates, and establishes international competitions with the General Association of International Sport Federation (GAOISF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC). It also screens and endorses soccer table that meets specific requirements to be able to move forward to international competitions.
ITSF is in charge of the Multi-Table World Championships that are held every month of January – mostly in Nantes, France. They also run and organize the World Cup every year. You can join the annual professional foosball table tournaments by accumulating ranking points on several small soccer table events that meet the criteria of ITSF, by winning the championship title or ranking high in one of the official table type world championships, or by being proclaimed as national champion of any member country.
ITSF has now expanded coverage to more than 65 countries in the whole world which includes Australia, Canada, Brazil, China, France, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Denmark, Norway, Germany, India, Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Croatia, Lithuania, Algeria, Central African Republic, and Latvia; to name some. The numbers has definitely incremented over the years which tells us how much professional foosball table tournaments have grown and expanded in popularity and practice over a relatively short period of time.