Just like some of the major sports and games out there, foosball requires the players to develop certain strategies too in order to win games. Following a set of sound strategies that work well for you may go a long way in improving your odds to win any game.
Furthermore, it’s probably worth pointing out that getting better at playing foosball not only requires one to get more skilled, but also improve their strategies. After all, your mental strength while playing the game matters just as much as your skills.
You may also want to get thorough with your basics before trying to develop any advanced strategies, as most of them would involve using your basics.
That said, the below given seem to be some of the most effective foosball strategies you may want to develop and use to your advantage while playing a foosball game.
Learning to serve the foosball right
You need to serve the foosball several times during a game. Now, as the foosball rules allow players to serve the foosball themselves, it makes sense to use it to your advantage.
If you manage to develop this strategy and follow it while serving the foosball, you may be able to get hold of the ball before your opponent, as well as control it before passing on to your other offensive men to score a goal.
The idea is to spin the foosball a bit while dropping it into the center of the foosball table. This way, it will probably come towards your 5 bar than your opponent’s. You can then move it back and forth for a few seconds (foosball rules doesn’t allow you to hold it with your 5 bar for more than 10 seconds), and quickly pass on to your 3 bar.
However, you will probably need a lot of practice to be able to do this. While serving the ball right so that it comes towards your 5 bar is actually quite easy, controlling and passing the ball in time surely isn’t.
Finally, you may also want to note that once you master this strategy, you may be able to serve the ball in such a way that your 5 bar directly ends up taking control of it.
Passing the ball from your 5 bar to your 3 bar
This strategy is actually related to the one mentioned above. As you ideally need to pass the ball from your 5 bar to your 3 bar after serving the ball, it’s important to also master this strategy to capitalize on every serving opportunity.
Now though some players may prefer shooting directly from their 5 bar to try and score a goal, it’s actually not recommended. After all, foosball is all about passing and catching, as well as controlling and shooting the ball. You would have to master passing and catching eventually, as it would be a must in every game unless your opponent is an absolute beginner.
That being said, there are also some other advantages of passing the ball from your 5 bar to your 3 bar instead of shooting directly from your 5 bar. They are:
- There’s one defensive bar less with the opponent to defend with when you shoot with your 3 bar
- The distance to the goal is less, meaning more chances of scoring a goal
- More shot choices are available while shooting with your 3 bar
- Mastering one shot at a time
Apparently, many foosball players make the mistake of trying to become the jack of all trades and the master of none. This doesn’t really seem to be the right thing to do when it comes to foosball.
Focusing on just one shot helps you master the shot and execute it with perfection, hence improving your odds of scoring a goal. This is especially true when it comes to playing offense, as there are so many shots to choose from and almost all of them seem to be difficult to master.
Most pro foosball players choose the snake or pull shot over others, as these shots can be executed more quickly. Mastering a particular shot would also reduce the time it would take you to set them up, improving your chances of scoring a goal significantly.
While some may argue that it may work against you if the opponent is good at defending the particular shot that you have mastered, we would like to say that it’s still possible to score a goal if you execute the shot perfectly.
Now though take would take quite a bit of practice, but at the end of the day, it would probably be worth it.
Following the ball
Following the ball with your men is crucial. If you fail to follow the ball, you may be out of the game pretty quickly, let alone winning it.
This is because there are ample opportunities for getting hold of the ball if you keep following it everywhere it goes. Missing out on all those opportunities mean you wouldn’t get many chances to score a goal. Developing this strategy also helps you improve your defense significantly.
Shooting with an open hand or wrist flick
Usually, beginner foosball players tend to grip their handles too hard. It often limits the speed with which you can shoot the ball, hence reducing the chances of scoring a goal.
On the other hand, most professional players have a habit of using their wrist or keeping an open hand while taking a shot. It allows them to hit the ball hard, making it go faster towards the goal.
Ensuring a good defense
Although often overlooked, developing a good defense is crucial as well if you want to win games against all type of players. Though offense may be the more important part of the game, it takes an equally good defense to win games against experienced players.
Playing against the more experienced players
There’s probably nothing out there that can help you more than playing against players who are more experienced than you. It helps you find out the areas of improvement you need to work on, as well as refine your skills.